|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Ingratitude is the Aarons rod which swallows up and comprises in itself all the lesser vices.|
| [This is the sense of a Latin Proverb which the compiler found in a Dictionary of Classical Quotations published by Robinsons in 1799:Ingratum si dixeris omnia dices.If you pronounce a man ungrateful, you say all that can be urged against him.]|| 2|
|And shall I prove ungrateful? shocking thought! He that is ungrateful has no guilt but one; all other crimes may pass for virtues in him.|
Dr. Young.Busiris, Act II. (Myron to the King.)
|Scatter your favours on a fop,|
Ingratitudes the certain crop.
Pope.Imitation of Horace, Epistle VII.
|Ingratitude! thou marble-hearted fiend,|
More hideous, when thou showst thee in a child,
Than the sea-monster!
Shakespeare.King Lear, Act I. Scene 4.
|How sharper than a serpents tooth it is|
To have a thankless child.
Shakespeare.King Lear, Act I. Scene 4. (Lear to Albany.)
|Strike flat the thick rotundity o the world!|
Crack natures moulds, all germens spill at once,
That make ingrateful man!
Shakespeare.King Lear, Act III. Scene 2. (Lear and Fool upon the heath.)
|I hate ingratitude more in a man|
Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness,
Or any taint of vice.
Shakespeare.Twelfth Night, Act III. Scene 4. (Viola to Antonio.)
|Blow, blow, thou winter wind,|
Thou art not so unkind
As mans ingratitude.
Shakespeare.As You Like It, Act II. Scene 7. (A Song, Amiens sings.)
| As we do turn our backs|
From our companion thrown into his grave,
So his familiars to his buried fortunes
Slink all away; leave their false vows with him
Like empty purses pickd; and his poor self,
A dedicated beggar to the air.
Shakespeare.Timon of Athens, Act IV. Scene 2. (2nd Servant.)
|Deserted at his utmost need,|
By those his former bounty fed;
On the bare earth exposed he lies,
With not a friend to close his eyes.