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.

Ungrateful people breed negativity. No one gets any pleasure from giving to an ungrateful person. When you show appreciation, the object of your attention blossoms and flourishes.     

Paul McCabe

He that forgets his friend is ungrateful to him; but he that forgets his Savior is unmerciful to himself.     

John Bunyan

The man who is ungrateful is often less to blame than his benefactor.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Ingratitude is always a kind of weakness. I have never known men of ability to be ungrateful.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns, but never looking up to see where they come from.     

Timothy Dexter

Ungratefulness is worse than a cancer; it eats away at your soul; blinding your heart and eyes to the beauty and miracles that are all around us each day in our lives.     

Geraldine Vermaak

He that's ungrateful has no guilt but one; All other crimes may pass for virtues in him.     

Edward Young

He that calls a man ungrateful sums up all the veil that a man can be guilty of.     

Jonathan Swift

But feelings can't be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.     

Anne Frank

A man may be ungrateful, but the human race is not so.     

John Milton

A grateful person is rich in contentment. An ungrateful person suffers in the poverty of endless discontentment.     

David A. Bednar

Every time I appoint someone to a vacant position, I make a hundred unhappy and one ungrateful.     

Louis XIV

One ungrateful person does an injury to all needy people.     

Publilius Syrus

A complaining tongue reveals an ungrateful heart.     

William Arthur Ward

To be ungrateful is to be unnatural. The head may be thus guilty, not the heart.     

Antoine Rivarol

There is no greater difference between men than between grateful and ungrateful people.     

R.H. Blyth

I believe the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so.     

Ursula K. Le Guin

A grateful dog is better than an ungrateful man.     


Never let ungrateful remarks prevent you from doing what you feel is right and good. Let God be your judge.     

Terry Mark

You'll never see a happy ungrateful person.     

Zig Ziglar

The wicked are always ungrateful.     

Miguel de Cervantes

Some natures are so sour and ungrateful that they are never to be obliged.     

Roger L'Estrange

The saddest of all hearts is one without gratitude.     

Tom Krause

Sadness is so ungrateful.     

Han Suyin

Ungrateful people forget what they are not grateful for.     

Ana Monnar

Earth produces nothing worse than an ungrateful man.     

Decimius Magnus Ausonius

Ingratitude is monstrous; and for the multitude to be ungrateful, were to make a monster of the multitude.     


Flints may be melted— we see it daily— but an ungrateful heart cannot be; not by the strongest and noblest flame.     


How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child.