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  • "Boy," Mrs. Amos said, "I am not the least bit surprised at your show of ingratitude.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  Bud, Not Buddy
  • I remember he used words like ’failure’ and ’ingratitude,’ and once he said very clearly, ’I know how well I have performed my duty.’
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Pardieu," returned Franz, laughing, "in token of your ingratitude."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I knew that I could expect nothing but meanness, deceit, envy, intrigue, and ingratitude—the blackest ingratitude—in this house….
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • I was enforc’d to send it after him; I was beset with shame and courtesy; My honour would not let ingratitude So much besmear it.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • That he had, from his birth, displayed no better qualities than treachery, ingratitude, and malice.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • There may be black ingratitude in the thing, and the punishment may be retributive and well deserved; but that it is a miserable thing, I can testify.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • There’s nothing lower and uglier than ingratitude!
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He pulled me away toward the door, and I followed him while Van Houten ranted to Lidewij about the ingratitude of contemporary teenagers and the death of polite society, and Lidewij, somewhat hysterical, shouted back at him in rapid-fire Dutch.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • If any one thing in my experience, more than another, served to deepen my conviction of the infernal character of slavery, and to fill me with unutterable loathing of slaveholders, it was their base ingratitude to my poor old grandmother.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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  • After constant indulgence of one’s weak nature, and the other’s bad one, I earn for thanks two samples of blind ingratitude, stupid to absurdity!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The sin of my ingratitude even now Was heavy on me: thou art so far before, That swiftest wing of recompense is slow To overtake thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • And if I had any kind of success at all, it would seem the height of ingratitude.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • But you have never told me that you did not love me; and truly, to speak such words to me would be, on the part of your Majesty, too great an ingratitude.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Marius shuddered at that reproach of ingratitude directed against his father, and which he was on the point of so fatally justifying.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Absolute neglect of the mother and sisters, when invited to come, would be ingratitude.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Yet in leaving him I couldn’t be accused of ingratitude.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • My sufferings were augmented also by the oppressive sense of the injustice and ingratitude of their infliction.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He bore with philosophy the conviction that Elizabeth must now become acquainted with whatever of his ingratitude and falsehood had before been unknown to her; and in spite of every thing, was not wholly without hope that Darcy might yet be prevailed on to make his fortune.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Ingratitude and rude remarks.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Well, honestly! I knew writers were supposed to have big egos, but I guess I didn’t understand that meant ingratitude, too!
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • It is ingratitude, perfidy, treachery!
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • On such occasions he would assume the air of a very injured individual, and reproach me for my ingratitude.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Run to your houses, fall upon your knees, Pray to the gods to intermit the plague That needs must light on this ingratitude.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • When he had bitterly reminded Dounia that he had decided to take her in spite of evil report, Pyotr Petrovitch had spoken with perfect sincerity and had, indeed, felt genuinely indignant at such "black ingratitude."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • You have revealed every other sin of which you are capable: sloth, and ingratitude, and irreverence and blasphemy.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • — meeting with such ingratitude, where so much kindness had been shewn, so much confidence had been placed!
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Father Nicanor Reyna-whom Don Apolinar Moscote had brought from the swamp to officiate at the wedding—was an old man hardened by the ingratitude of his ministry.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • His conviction that he was making her happy seemed to her an imbecile insult, and his sureness on this point ingratitude.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • God has punished her for her ingratitude.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • To account for your own hard-heartedness and ingratitude in such a case, you are bound to prove the other party’s crime.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I know of none, Nor know I you by voice or any feature: I hate ingratitude more in a man Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, Or any taint of vice whose strong corruption Inhabits our frail blood.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • This condemnation of technology is ingratitude, that’s what it is.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • As in revenge of thy ingratitude, I throw thy name against the bruising stones, Trampling contemptuously on thy disdain.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • It was a dreadful picture of ingratitude and inhumanity; and Anne felt, at some moments, that no flagrant open crime could have been worse.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Thus spake Prince John, wilfully forgetting, that of all the sons of Henry the Second, though no one was free from the charge, he himself had been most distinguished for rebellion and ingratitude to his father.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Now you have abundance in your life, Lady Lu—an abundance of malice, ingratitude, and forgetfulness.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • But after Severus had conquered and killed Niger, and settled oriental affairs, he returned to Rome and complained to the Senate that Albinus, little recognizing the benefits that he had received from him, had by treachery sought to murder him, and for this ingratitude he was compelled to punish him.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Which, considering our long association with their mother (a dig at our ingratitude), they didn’t hesitate to request.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Ada found me thus and had such a delightful confidence in me when I showed her the keys and told her about them that it would have been insensibility and ingratitude not to feel encouraged.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • This I learned from her benefactress; from the pious and charitable lady who adopted her in her orphan state, reared her as her own daughter, and whose kindness, whose generosity the unhappy girl repaid by an ingratitude so bad, so dreadful, that at last her excellent patroness was obliged to separate her from her own young ones, fearful lest her vicious example should contaminate their purity: she has sent her here to be healed, even as the Jews of old sent their diseased to the…
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • His voice hardened as his temper got the better of him with the recollection of his sincerity in asking her and her present ingratitude, and he stepped across to her side and held her by the shoulders, so that she shook under his grasp.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Nay, only look at my disposition, is that likely to show ingratitude to anyone?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I have repaid him with ingratitude.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • She did not comprehend why he thought it an abomination that he had had a woman in secret, since that was an atavistic custom of a certain kind of man, himself included, yes even he in a moment of ingratitude, and besides, it seemed to her a heartbreaking proof of love that she had helped him carry out his decision to die.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • If he starts this Union business in the factory … I’ve noticed some signs, some rudeness, some ingratitude.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Which concludes the first book; with an instance of ingratitude, which, we hope, will appear unnatural.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • And that is it Hath made me rig my navy; at whose burden The anger’d ocean foams; with which I meant To scourge the ingratitude that despiteful Rome Cast on my noble father.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • What she really wants is a daughter-in-law who can be moulded, not by Simon, but by herself; and so the girls continue to be floated past him, and he continues to turn away indifferently, and to be gently accused by his mother of laziness and ingratitude.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Now, you’d hardly suppose,’ added Squeers, moving in his chair with the impatience of an ill-used man, ’that people’s ingratitude would carry them quite as far as that; would you?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
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