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Why are some people ungrateful? 

Why do they respond so often with ungratefulness and slander their benefactors?

In reality, many of us are ungrateful for what we already have. We are often so caught up in illusions and dreams, in goals and fantasies of what our life might be like, that we forget to be present and appreciate what we already have.

We are blinded by all the expensive things we could have, we dream of the perfect person who will just show up one day, and we think that in the future we will have a better job, a bigger house, more money, more sex, more happiness.

The truth is that what I described above is the recipe for unhappiness.

Only the one who will learn to appreciate and be grateful for what he has now, for the people in his life, for the simple fact that he has a roof over his head and has something to eat – only this man can be truly happy and fulfilled.

Read the quotes below and let us know what you think about ungrateful people and if you identify yourself among them.

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5 Ungrateful people quotes

  1. “Never ever seek for gratefulness from mankind, you shall always see ungratefulness. Do what you must do as a solemn duty and that is what you have to do!” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
  2. “No one thanks you for showing them the light.” ― Michael R. Fletcher
  3. “Today there are very few people in this world who go out of the way to help and even fewer who express gratitude after being helped.” ― Amit Abraham
  4. “Sometimes a man with eyes still can’t see you as the beautiful queen you are.” ― Angel Moreira
  5. “Sometimes a woman with eyes still can’t see you as the king you are.” ― Angel Moreira

15 Bible verses about ungrateful people

1. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

2. Proverbs 17:13 Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good.

3. 1 Corinthians 4:7 For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?

4. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Always be joyful. Continually be prayerful. In everything be thankful, because this is God’s will for you in the Messiah Jesus.

5. Ephesians 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

6. Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

7. Philippians 2:14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing

8. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

9. Hebrews 13:5-6 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

10. Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

11. Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

12. John 14:23-24 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

13. Romans 6:1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?

14. Numbers 14:27-30 “How long will this wicked assembly keep complaining about me? I’ve heard the complaints of the Israelis that they’ve been murmuring against me. So tell them that as long as I live—consider this to be an oracle from the Lord—as certainly as you’ve spoken right into my ears, that’s how I’m going to treat you. Your corpses will fall in this wilderness—every single one of you who has been counted among you, according to your number from 20 years and above, who complained against me. You will certainly never enter the land about which I made an oath with my uplifted hand to settle you in it, except for Jephunneh’s son Caleb and Nun’s son Joshua.

15. Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

25 Ungrateful people quotes

  1. “ We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.” – François De La Rochefoucauld
  2. “ We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.” – François De La Rochefoucauld
  3. “People are so ungrateful and inconsiderate. It just irritates me cause I don’t mind doing favors but I hate being taken for granted.” – Unknown
  4. “ All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it’s truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy” – Dennis Prager
  5. “ A man is perhaps ungrateful, but often less chargeable with ingratitude than his benefactor is.” – François De La Rochefoucauld
  6. “ And if We make man taste mercy from Us, then take it off from him, most surely he is despairing, ungrateful.” – Quran
  7. “ An ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns, but never looking up to see where they come from.” – Timothy Dexter
  8. “ One ungrateful man does an injury to all who stand in need of aid.” – Publilius Syrus
  9. “ The man who is ungrateful is often less to blame than his benefactor.” – François De La Rochefoucauld
  10.  “And He gives you of all that you ask Him; and if you count Allah’s favors, you will not be able to number them; most surely man is very unjust, very ungrateful.” – Quran
  11. “ It is another’s fault if he is 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.” – Seneca
  12. “We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.” –  Mother Teresa Of Calcutta
  13. “Every time I appoint someone to a vacant position, I make a hundred unhappy and one ungrateful. “  –  Louis XIV
  14. “But, why, ungrateful, dwell on idle pain?” – William Wordsworth
  15. “ If someone is ungrateful and you tell him he’s ungrateful, okay, you’ve called him a name. You haven’t solved anything. “- Robert M Pirsig
  16. “ Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man.” – Ausonius
  17. “ And they assign to Him a part of His servants; man, to be sure, is clearly ungrateful.” – Quran
  18. “ And when distress afflicts you in the sea, away go those whom you call on except He; but when He brings you safely to the land, you turn aside; and man is ever ungrateful.” – Quran
  19. “I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers.” – Kahlil Gibran
  20. “There is not a more mean, stupid, dastardly, pitiful, selfish, spiteful, envious, ungrateful animal than the Public. It is the greatest of cowards, for it is afraid of itself.” – William Hazlitt
  21. “ I am ungrateful to these teachers.” – Kahlil Gibran
  22. “And when a wave like mountains covers them they call upon Allah, being sincere to Him in obedience, but when He brings them safe to the land, some of them follow the middle course; and none denies Our signs but every perfidious, ungrateful one.”  – Quran
  23. “Allah does not bless usury, and He causes charitable deeds to prosper, and Allah does not love any ungrateful sinner.” – Quran
  24. “Never let ungrateful remarks prevent you from doing what you feel is right and good. Let God be your judge.”  – Terry Mark
  25. “The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so.”  – Ursula K LeGuin

35 Ungrateful people quotes

  1. “When we are grateful for the good we already have, we attract more good into our life. On the other hand, when we are ungrateful, we tend to shut ourselves off from the good we might otherwise experience.” – Margaret Stortz
  2. “Having a sarcastic conversation with yourself when people are ignoring you.” – Unknown
  3. “Some people get whatever they want and yet still complain. Shows how ungrateful people are and can be. Take what you receive and appreciate it.” – Unknown
  4. “ It seems like the ungrateful people have everything… “ – Unknown
  5. “ I got love for everyone except ungrateful people.” – Unknown
  6. “ I just hate ungrateful people who think they’re the shit.” – Unknown
  7. “ Tired of doing favors for ungrateful people.” – Unknown
  8. “Most people are so ungrateful to be alive, but not you, not any more…”- John Kramer
  9. “Selfish ungrateful people are usually the ones handed everything.” – Unknown
  10. “I don’t think there’s anything worse than ungrateful people…Seriously.” – Unknown
  11. “I’m really sarcastic. Not Morgan Webb sarcastic. She’s dry, 100%. I’m different from her.” – Olivia Munn
  12. “A sarcastic person has a superiority complex that can be cured only by the honesty of humility.” – Lawrence G Lovasik
  13. “Fighting the urge to put a sarcastic comment on someone else’s status.” – Unknown
  14. “Surely Allah will defend those who believe; surely Allah does not love any one who is unfaithful, ungrateful.” – Quran
  15. “I dislike ungrateful people…especially if you do nothing but bend over backwards for them!” – Unknown
  16. “Therefore remember Me, I will remember you, and be thankful to Me, and do not be ungrateful to Me.” – Quran
  17. “It’s sad how ungrateful people are. But the saddest thing of all is that they will never realize it.” – Unknown
  18. “I hate ungrateful people…you can try your best to make someone happy and it still ain’t enough.” – Unknown
  19. “Tired of paying for ungrateful people. A simple thank you would suffice.” – Unknown
  20. “Ungrateful people make me sick. A simple ‘thank you’ is appreciated.” – Unknown
  21. “Ungrateful people are the worst, never forget who helped you in your time of need.” – Unknown
  22. “I have no respect for ungrateful people. How can you bite the hand that gave you help.” – Unknown
  23. “Spiteful people are the first to do you favors you don’t ask for so they can call you ungrateful… “ – Unknown
  24. “ There is no greater difference between men than between grateful and ungrateful people.”  – R H Blyth
  25. “Thank you isn’t hard to say, I hate rude or ungrateful people.”  – Unknown
  26. “I hate ungrateful people. Be happy for the things that you have because one day you might lose it all.” – Unknown
  27. “Everyone complains about school and when we get a day off…They still complain! Haha such ungrateful people.”  – Unknown
  28. “Looking at what others have that I don’t, can make me ungrateful, but looking at what I have that they don’t, should make me thankful.” – Mufti Ismail Menk
  29. “Sometimes people don’t realize what they have, but I’m sure they will realize what they have lost.”  – Anthony Barger
  30. “You’re probably one of the most ungrateful people I’ve ever met. Your life isn’t hard and no one feels bad for you.” – Unknown
  31. “People never remember the million times you help them, only the one time you don’t.”  – Unknown
  32. “People spend too much time LOOKING FOR MORE. Instead of appreciating what they already have!’ – Unknown
  33. “ Being amongst such ungrateful and conceited people all the time really takes a toll on you psychologically, it makes you a philosopher.” – Unknown
  34. “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
  35. “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

45 Ungrateful people quotes

  1. “Ungrateful people forget what they are not grateful for.” ― Ana Monnar
  2. “Don’t hang out with people who are:

Ungrateful

Unhelpful

Unruly

Unkindly

Unloving

Unambitious

Unmotivated

or make you feel…

Uncomfortable” ― Germany Kent

  1. “In every class of society, gratitude is the rarest of all human virtues.” ― Wilkie Collins
  2. “Making the ungrateful grateful will bring tears to your eyes, tears of blood bleeding from the heart.” ― Ana Monnar
  1. “This is an ode to life.

The anthem of the world.

For as there are billions

of different stars that

make up the sky

so, too, are there billions

of different humans that

make up the Earth.

Some shine brighter

but all are made of

the same cosmic dust.

O the joy of being

in life with all these people!

I speak of differences

because they are there.

Like the different organs

that make up our bodies.

Earth, itself, is one large body.

Listen to how it howls

when one human is

in misery.

When one kills another, the

Earth feels the pang in its

chest. When one orgasms,

the Earth craves a cigarette.

Look carefully,

these animals are

beauty spots that make the

Earth’s face lovelier

and more loveable.

These oceans are the Earth’s

limpid eyes. These trees, its hair.

This is an ode to life.

The anthem of the world.

I will no longer speak of

differences, for the similarities

are larger.

Look even closer. There may be

distances between our limbs but

there are no spaces between

our hearts. We long to be one.

We long to be in nature and

to run wild with its wildlife.

Let us celebrate life and living,

for it is sacrilegious

to be ungrateful.

Let us play and be playful,

for it is sacrilegious

to be serious.

Let us celebrate imperfections

and make existence

proud of us, for tomorrow is

death, and this is an ode to life.

The anthem of the world.”

― Kamand Kojouri

  1. “Unhappiness is a contagious disease caused by a chronic deficiency of gratitude.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  2. “For those who misuse others for their business gains: you can never pluck the real essence of a beautiful heart and a beautiful mind.

You may all have the clinging sound of “business impressions to suppress” but you cannot grab the essence of an honest spirit who only wants to be free from insincere, ungrateful users of other people’s time and generosity.” ~ Angelica Hopes, an excerpt from If I Could Tell You” ― Angelica Hopes

  1. “Leaders don’t call unhappy followers “ungrateful people”. They see them as “lesson teachers”. They find out why they are unhappy; perhaps it could be as a result of their attitudes. That informs them to change!” ― Israelmore Ayivor
  2. “You cannot, at the very same time, be grateful and unhappy, or ungrateful and happy.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  3. “The mind is inclined to zoom in on your problem, or few problems, to an extent that you cannot see your many blessings.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  4. “Every greed is the root of ungratefulness.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
  5. “It is impossible to lose everything and still be alive.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  6. “The money is mine, not yours,” Reginald reminded her. “You ungrateful wretch. I found you an earl to marry, and your son will be an earl.”

“You chose yourself a son-in-law,” Regina said. “You traded me for a title.”

“You will thank me—”

“—for dying and leaving me in peace.”

“You will regret those words some day.”

“I can manage the regret, if not my own finances.” ― Patricia Grasso

  1.  “We ought to be thankful not only for what we have but also for what we do not have.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  2. “The problem is people are ungrateful and I cannot stop being nice.” ― Nitya Prakash
  3. “All deaf people would kill for an opportunity to spend the entire day listening to sober adults whine.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  4. “Some people are happy that they have each lost one instead of both legs, whereas some are unhappy because they have each lost a toenail.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  5. “Gratitude tends to attract the things for which we are grateful in advance.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  6. “Suffering and happiness are not mutually exclusive.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  7. “What a spoiled, ungrateful I was.” ― Ransom Riggs
  8. “You need to be blessed with things such as sanity to realize that you have been cursed with things such as poverty and disability.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  9. “Even the worst that has ever happened to you could have been worse.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  10. “Believe me, if you’ve been shut up for a year and a half, it can get to be too much for you sometimes. But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.” ― Anne Frank
  11. “Some people would kill for the results or situations because of which some people have killed themselves.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  12. “The truly grateful are also grateful for being grateful.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  13. “Gratitude is often caused not by gain but by loss.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  14. “There are often many people dying from thirst while many people are running for dear life away from the rain.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  15. “Sometimes a man with eyes still can’t see you as the beautiful queen you are.” ― Angel Moreira
  16. “Life takes from us only lives we were given by it.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  17. “It is comforting, after finding out that your loved one has just drowned, to estimate the number of times their life was saved by water.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  18. “As much as we don’t want to accept it, there is a time limit to the best life God tries to offer you. When you disrespect it, push it away, play games with it, deny it, ignore it, are casually indecisive about it or hold it like a last resort, God gives it away to someone else that will cherish it more.” ― shannon l. Alder
  19. “Spoilt people live rotten lives.” ― Habeeb Akande
  20. “(Arbell)The ungrateful gorgeous bitch.” ― Paul Hoffman
  21. “Sometimes our wants or needs have nothing to do with being ungrateful and everything to do with making a mistake.” ― shannon l. Alder
  22. “Sometimes, we wait on God for special things to happen extraordinarily in our lives before we understand that “God is working”. Meanwhile, there are “super-special” things that fill our life barrels in minute drops, but they go unappreciated!” ― Israelmore Ayivor
  23. “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
  24. “It’s normal for us to become unhappy for a while due to how circumstances in life treat us, but it is ungodly for us to be ungrateful for these circumstances that make us unhappy!” ― Israelmore Ayivor
  25. “God doesn’t create imitations, so He designed you naturally. It’s ungrateful to dream of putting on an unnatural self. You have no right to fake God’s design!” ― Israelmore Ayivor
  26. “Don’t mistake keen, honest observations as complaints.

When you receive a help, a donation or a favour, never forget to be grateful and thankful for the ones who have been there for you.

Learn to respect the space of people whose hearts have been treated like a doormat but they have answered more important priorities which all contribute towards the best of the welfare of the recipients of their generous and humble commitment among their choices and decisions for whom and with whom to reach out for.” ~ Angelica Hopes, an excerpt from my novel, If I Could Tell You” ― Angelica Hopes

  1. “My cat is an ungrateful brat. -Nellie McKay” ― Larry Smith
  2. “A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” – Jean de La Fontaine
  3. “I’m the one person who wears the words ‘hustle, loyalty, respect’ on my T-shirts and merchandise. My audience is children. It’s very flattering to see a kid wear your T-shirt; it’s even more flattering to have a dad come up to you and say, ‘I watch you with my kid. Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re a role model for my son.’” – John Cena
  4. “For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.” – Margaret Heffernan
  5. “I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.” – Walt Whitman
  6. “If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.” – William J. Clinton

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Daniela Paez is a Clinical Psychologist with an MSc. In Clinical Neuropsychology from Bangor University. She has vast experience in working with children with disabilities, adolescents and their families, in extreme conditions of poverty and vulnerability. Additionally, she owns a private practice where she provides neuropsychological evaluation for children and adults, and treatment for mood disorders, anxiety, couple therapy, among other conditions.