Ungrateful Sayings and Quotes

We’re taught to be appreciative of what we have—to be grateful for both the big and little comforts. However for some of us, having enough simply isn’t enough. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful quotes about being ungrateful.

One ungrateful man does an injury to all who stand in need of aid. Publius Syrus
We seldom find people ungrateful as long as we are in a condition to render them services. Rochefoucauld
There neither is, or ever was, any person remarkably ungrateful, who was not also insufferably proud; nor any one proud, who was not equally ungrateful. South
Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted friend, more hideous when thou showest thee in a child, than the sea monster. Shakespeare
Let a man be never so ungrateful or inhuman, he shall never destroy the satisfaction of my having done a good office. Seneca
To awaken gratitude in the ungrateful were as vain as to try to wake the dead by cries. Oscar Wilde
The ungrateful son is a wart on his father's face; to leave it as a blemish, to cut it off is a pain. Afghanistan Proverb
A man's indebtedness is not his virtue, his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude. Ruth Benedict
Someone who denies that he received a benefit that he in fact did receive is ungrateful. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
But the forgetful person can never become grateful, the benefit received is totally lost to him. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Someone who pretends not to have received it is ungrateful. Someone who fails to repay it is ungrateful. But the most ungrateful of all is the person who forgets that he received it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Ungrateful are they who wish their life away. Ungrateful are they who turn their backs on others. Ungrateful are they who waste and horde. Ungrateful are they who take advantage of the weak. Karalayne Maglinte
An ungrateful attitude is something most of us are unaware that we have, but everyone else sees. Dr. Louis Ngomo Okitembo
Unhappiness is a contagious disease caused by a chronic deficiency of gratitude. Mokokoma Mokhonaoana
Every greed is the root of ungratefulness. Laila Gifty Akita
It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
My life is ungrateful to me. I do so much for it to be comfortable, and still, it repays me by throwing tantrums left and right. As soon as I think it's time for a present due to all my efforts, I get repaid with ingratitude. If this is how my life treats me, then maybe it's time I mistreat it, as well. Lange Weile
I have too many flaws to be perfect. But i have too many blessings to be ungrateful. Zig Ziglar
The belly is an ungrateful wretch, it never remembers past favors, it always wants more tomorrow. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
I'm going to be meeting with people today who talk too much - people who are selfish, egotistical, ungrateful. But I won't be surprised or disturbed, for I can't imagine a world without such people. Marcus Aurelius
If you've got a billion dollars and you're ungrateful, you're a poor man. If you have very little but you're grateful for what you have, you're truly rich. Tony Robbins
It's ungrateful to be wishing you were doing something else at the moment you are living. You haven't lived in the moment that you are really living, you are wishing you were somewhere else. Suzanne Farrell
The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful. Aesop
Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain subjective, negative, ungrateful way. Edward de Bono
When we become negative and ungrateful, it is important to remember... We have met the enemy; and he is us. Walt Kelly