quote by Thomas Jefferson

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.

— Thomas Jefferson

Instructive Thankless quotations

Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.

I am going to St. Petersburg, Florida, tomorrow. Let the worthy citizens of Chicago get their liquor the best they can. I'm sick of the job-it's a thankless one and full of grief. I've been spending the best years of my life as a public benefactor.

Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless.

Christmas dinner's dark and blue. When you stop and try to see it From the turkey's point of view.

Making the ungrateful grateful will bring tears to your eyes, tears of blood bleeding from the heart.


What a glorious world Almighty God has given us.

How thankless and ungrateful we are, and how we labor to mar his gifts.

I leave to others the sublime delights of riding in the storm, better pleased with sound sleep & a warmer berth below it encircled, with the society of neighbors, friends & fellow laborers of the earth rather than with spies & sycophants ... I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office.

Shall we mourn here deedless forever a shadow-folk mist-haunting dropping vain tears in the thankless sea

Postal officials say that before Christmas they receive tons of letters written to Santa Claus, but after Christmas how few letters of thanks are sent to him! From childhood onward, human beings seem to be characterized by thanklessness.

I know being a linesman is a thankless job, especially with guys like me around.


Meddling with another man's folly is always thankless work.

Never try to convey your idea to the audience - it is a thankless and senseless task. Show them life, and they'll find within themselves the means to assess and appreciate it.

Scarlett O'Hara is going to be a thankless and difficult role.

The part I'd like to play is Rhett Butler.

I've always had the impression that real militants are like cleaning women, doing a thankless, daily but necessary job.

Raising kids may be a thankless job with ridiculous hours, but at least the pay sucks.


It's not so much a thankless task, it's more a job with no thanks

Being a caretaker is, and never will be, an easy job;

in fact, it is that hardest job in the world and many times a thankless job. You have to be the pillar of strength even when you feel like you are crumbling to pieces inside.

That is the thankless position of the father in the family -- the provider for all, and the enemy of all.

I would have been content with any job however thankless, in any quarter however remote, if I had a chance of making a corner of the desert blossom and the solitary place glad.

Economic controversy is generally a thankless task.

You cannot hope to make any impression on your opponent. Yet he is the only reader on whose interest you can count.


Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.

Teachers are sort of faced with a thankless task, because no matter how good they are, unless they find a way to personally rationalize the rewards of their effort, nobody else is really going to do it for them en masse.

Often our good deeds make enemies for us, and the ungrateful person despises us on two counts; for he is not only unwilling to acknowledge the gratitude he owes us: he does not want to have his benefactor as witness to his thankless behavior.

The confession of our failings is a thankless office.

It savors less of sincerity or modesty than of ostentation. It seems as if we thought our weaknesses as good as other people's virtues.

We are surrounded every day by people who do thankless but important work.


When I did 'The Social Network,' David Fincher told me that I managed to make a thankless character pretty awesome. I thought that was really cool because I think he's really cool.

Alan," cried I, "what makes ye so good to me? What makes ye care for such a thankless fellow?" Deed, and I don't, know" said Alan. "For just precisely what I thought I liked about ye, was that ye never quarrelled:—and now I like ye better!

Governance is complex, difficult, and on the whole, thankless - why ever should the Bright Young Things leave the management of their hotels, newspapers, banks, TV channels and corporations to join, like fleas on a behemoth, the government? Wherein lies the difference between the two worlds?

Child-rearing can be a tedious and thankless undertaking.

Being a good embalmer is a thankless job.


Politics is a thankless occupation; I have no interest in it at all.

Computer programmers tend, by and large, to be quirky and highly individualistic. Trying to organize or manage such awkward characters is normally as thankless as herding cats

In spite of its romantic frisson, the position of muse is very vague and largely thankless for the muse herself.

That is the thankless position of the father in the family - the provider for all, and the enemy of all.

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!

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