Never Expect Gratitude

The article below is quoted from from Quora: What are some bitter truths about human nature?

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Ankita Sinha

He is Samuel Leibowitz (August 14, 1893 – January 11, 1978), a famous criminal lawyer who never lost any murder case.

While he won many cases in the court room, he is widely known for “THE SCOTTSBORO TRIAL”.

In this case, nine young blacks were convicted of raping two white women in a moving train in Alabama, in 1931. The case prosecutes did not bother to go in depth about the case, and the verdict was highly influenced by the racism which existed in society.

All nine were sentenced to death by an Alabama state court in 1933.

Leibowitz took the case and worked on it for years without accepting any payment or fees. Finally, he helped them get the justice.

Along with this famous case he won, he saved seventy-eight men from going to electric chair. Or you can say that he saved seventy-eight men from death sentence.

What would you do if someone helped you live couple of more years on this earth to see your beautiful family, and this world?

You would be forever beholden to him, right?

How many people do you think stopped to thank Samuel Leibowitz, or expressed gratitude in return of what he did?


No one took the trouble to thank him for all he had done for them.

The bitter truth about human nature is that it is full of ingratitude.

That’s how it goes. Almost always we do not bother to count nine things which go well and crib around just one thing which goes wrong. Human nature has always been human nature- and it probably won’t change in a lifetime.

Therefore, let’s not expect gratitude.

Take joy in doing favor for others without expecting anything in return.

That’s the only way to live happily, and to die peacefully.

I am going to meet people today, who talk too much, people who are selfish, egoistical, ungrateful. But I won’t be surprised or disturbed, for I couldn’t imagine a world without such people.- Marcus Aurelius

P.S: Here is something I learned today, ‘Beholden’ which means ‘Grateful’ or ‘Obligated’,

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  1. Samuel Leibowitz – Wikipedia

Note:- The above story is taken from book ‘How to stop Worrying and start living’ by Dale Carnegie. I wasn’t there to see if the lawyer was thanked or not. I wrote trusting on what Dale Carnegie mentioned. Kindly look for the message instead of arguing if lawyer was thanked or not! This AGAIN shows the bitter truth of human nature. Instead of thanking for a good message/post, we all are busy in finding faults!

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Samuel Leibowitz said the lives of seventy-eight men, and nobody said thank you.

I am still confident that Leibowitz’ actions – especially in regard to the false charge of rape – met with the approval of God. Yes, the very same God that Leibowitz didn’t believe in.

If unbelievers do what is right, God still blesses them, and may well insure that their name stands tall in history.

Can you imagine how tall Alabama – and southern white Christian conservatives in general – would stand, if they did what was right, instead of what was easy?

Follow Christ’s example, and do what is right, even when no one gives thanks.

Incidentally, Christ got a better deal than Leibowitz in this case: at least one of the ten lepers He healed came back and said thank you! (Luke 17:11-19)

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