The Courage to Face Ingratitude XVII

"Ingratitude is some one's protest that you are no longer necessary to him; it is often the expression of rebellion at the discontinuance of favors. People are rarely ungrateful until they have exhausted their assessments. Profuse expressions of gratitude do not cancel an indebtedness any more than a promissory note settles an account. It is …

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The Courage to Face Ingratitude XVI

"That which often seems to us to be ingratitude, may be merely our own ignorance of the subtle phases of human nature. Sometimes a man's heart is so full of thankfulness that he cannot speak, and in the very intensity of his appreciation, mere words seem to him paltry, petty, and inadequate, and the depth …

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The Courage to Face Ingratitude XIII

"We must ever tower high above dependence on human gratitude or we can do nothing really great, nothing truly noble. The expectation of gratitude is the alloy of an otherwise virtuous act. It ever dulls the edge of even our best actions. Most persons look at gratitude as a protective tariff on virtues. The man …

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The Courage to Face Ingratitude XII

"Ingratitude is manifest in three degrees of intensity in the world... The first phase, the simplest and most common, is that of thoughtless thanklessness... The second phase of ingratitude is denial, a positive sin, not the mere negation of thanklessness... The third phase of ingratitude is treachery, where selfishness grows vindictive... These three—thanklessness, denial and …

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The Courage to Face Ingratitude IV

"Man should have only one court of appeals as to his actions, not “what will be the result?” 'how will it be received?' but 'is it right?' Then he should live his life in harmony with this standard alone, serenely, bravely, loyally and unfalteringly, making 'right for right’s sake' both his ideal and his inspiration." …

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