How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!
 William Shakespeare, King Lear (1623). copy citation

Author William Shakespeare
Source King Lear
Topic child ungratefulness thanklessness
Date 1623
Language English
Note Written between 1603 and 1606


“And be a thwart disnatur'd torment to her. Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth, With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks, Turn all her mother's pains and benefits To laughter and contempt, that she may feel How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child! Away, away! EXIT.
Alb. Now, gods that we adore, whereof comes this?
Gon. Never afflict yourself to know the cause;
But let his disposition have that scope” source

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