"There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain"
- Samuel Johnson
About this Quote
This quote by Samuel Johnson talks to the idea that some people are so driven by a requirement to be superior that they will just do something out of a sense of obligation, rather than out of enjoyment. They might feel a sense of thankfulness for a benefit they have gotten, however it is not out of a real gratitude for the kindness, however rather out of a desire to be free from the responsibility. This type of person might even take a particular pleasure in returning the favor, as it is a way of asserting their superiority and getting revenge on the person who put them in a position of commitment. In this way, they can restore a sense of control and power.
"When someone saves your life and gives you life, there's gratitude, humility; there's a time you've been so blessed you realize you've been given another chance at life that maybe you did or didn't deserve"
"America's fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed"