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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Ingratitude
 
A forest that has sheltered you, you should not call a shrubbery. (You should not detract from the merits of a benefactor.)  Oji.  1
A satiated mouth soon forgets the benefactor.  Japanese.  2
A thankless man never does a thankful deed.  Danish.  3
A too quick return of an obligation is a sort of an ingratitude.  4
After crossing the river the boatman gets a cuff.  Tamil.  5
An ungrateful man is a tub full of holes.  Latin.  6
As soon as you have drank you turn your back upon the spring.  7
Be not ungrateful to your old friend.  8
Bring up a raven and he will pick out your eyes.  French, German.  9
Earth produces nothing worse than an ungrateful man.  Ausonius.  10
He has brought up a bird to pick out his own eyes.  11
He that you seat upon your shoulder will often try to get upon your head.  Danish.  12
If you call a man ungrateful you say everything against him.  Juvenal.  13
I hate ingratitude more in a man,
Than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness,
Or any taint of vice, whose strong corruptions
Inhabit our frail blood.  Shakespeare.
  14
I taught you to swim, and now you would drown me.  15
I took him for a worm and he proved a serpent.  16
Ingratitude is the mother of pride.  17
Ingratitude is the daughter of pride.  Don Quixote.  18
Ingratitude sickens benevolence.  German.  19
Ingratitude makes the receiver worse but the benefactor better.  20
One ungrateful man does an injury to all who are in distress.  Publius Syrus.  21
Save a thief from the gallows and he’ll be the first shall cut your throat.  22
Take a churl from a gibbet and he will put you on it.  French.  23
Take down a thief from the gallows and he will hang you up.  French, Italian.  24
The axe goes to the wood from which it borrowed its helve.  25
The sword has forgotten the smith that forged it.  26
The winter has gone, the spring has come,
A fig for those who us good have done.  Spanish.
  27
To do good to the ungrateful is to throw rosewater into the sea.  28
Unhang one that is hanged and he will hang thee.  French.  29
What you do for an ungrateful man is thrown away.  Latin.  30
When I had thatched his house he would have hurled me from the roof.  31
You love a nothing when you love an ingrate.  Plautus.  32
 
 
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