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

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

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.
— George Orwell

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.
— William Hazlitt

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