79 Unappreciated Quotes You Can Relate To But Also Be Motivated By

Unappreciated Quotes You Can Relate to But Also Be Motivated By

One of the bigger disappointments in everyday life is when we don’t get the appreciation we think we have worked for, that we have loved for or we simply and honestly deserve.

It’s disheartening. It makes you feel undervalued and can bring on a funk of sadness and cut into your self-esteem.

In this post I’d like to share something that I think could help out during such times. The 79 best and most powerful unappreciated quotes.

I hope these timeless and relatable words of wisdom will give you some comfort if you’re feeling unappreciated and undervalued.

And give you the motivation to make a change in your life if you need it for your own happiness, self-esteem and for how you spend your time in this world.

And if you want even more self-loving inspiration then check out this post with quotes on knowing your worth and this one with be proud of yourself quotes.

Relatable Unappreciated Quotes

“Hanging with people who make you feel unappreciated, for the mere sake of appearing to be popular, is the loneliest place to be.”
Ellen J. Barrier

“The saddest truth that I have come to learn is that I was never your first, nor second, but last resort.”
James Merrow

“You can be the nicest person, try your best to please everyone, but at the end of the day all your efforts still go unappreciated!”
Rashida Rowe

“Give all your pearls, and the swine will make a pearl necklace, then run off. Don’t show all your glory.”
Anthony Liccione

“I’ve kept to myself, I’ve put my head down. I’ve gone to work. And I have felt undervalued.”
Carli Lloyd

“I give to you because I want to and not expecting anything back, when you start demanding it and expect it like it’s owed to you, that’s when I turn my back.”
Tanya Kanakaole

“When you let people bring you down, you’ve successfully made yourself a step upon which they’ll climb and stand above you.”
Terry Mark

“I might be difficult today. Not because I choose to. But my goodness was taken for granted.”
Alfusainey Jallow

“All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.”
Oliver Goldsmith

“If you can go days without talking to me, I’m obviously not that important to you.”
Anurag Prakash Ray

“Women are very intelligent and not appreciated. We try to pretend that we are not clever, and it’s such a pity that we can’t show how clever we are.”
Yoko Ono

“It took many years of vomiting up all the filth I’d been taught about myself, and half-believed before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.”
James Baldwin

“The greatest humiliation in life is to work hard on something from which you expect great appreciation, and then fail to get it.”
E. W. Howe

Inspiring Unappreciated Quotes

“To have many wonderful relationships in your life – both romantically and friendly ones – never take people for granted. Let them know how you love and appreciate them. And do that often.”

“The wrong person will make you feel unwanted, unappreciated, unloved and they will make you feel like an option. The right person will have you feeling wanted, appreciated, loved and they will have you feeling like a priority.”
John Adams

“Even a speck of love should not go unappreciated, because, as Rumi said, love is the water of life.”
Elif Safak

“The worst feeling is when someone makes you feel worthless. To avoid that in future cut people out of your life that make this into habit and improve your own self-esteem so what others think of you mean less and less.”

“It’s a great feeling when your work is appreciated.”
Jacqueline Fernandez

“If they don’t appreciate your presence, perhaps you should try giving them your absence.”
Tinku Razoria

“Not everyone will appreciate what you do for them. You have to figure out who’s worth your kindness and who’s just taking advantage.”

“Maybe it’s true that we don’t know what we have until we lose it. But it’s also true that we don’t know what we are missing until we find it!”
Aaron Chan

“Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you.”
Roy T. Bennett

“Never feel empty when the person you like turns you down, because not all people are smart enough to appreciate you.”
Kemmy Nola

“As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that. You have to know who you are – what others say is irrelevant.”
Nic Sheff

“Some people will never appreciate what you do. No matter what you do. That is a problem that lies with them, not you. But if you don’t keep your distance from them then it can drag you down too.”

“I always felt as a kid that I was underappreciated, invisible or weird, but I’ve always secretly thought people would one day appreciate what is different about me. I’m always putting that message out there.”
Judd Apatow

“Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul.”
Maria Montessori

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”
Harvey Fierstein

“Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.”
Wendy Wasserstein

“Once you embrace your value, talents and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.”
Rob Liano

“Some won’t appreciate you no matter how much you do for them. Release yourself. Go where you’re appreciated and understood.”
Robert Tew

“The least we each ought to do for someone who treats us like a king or a queen is to treat them like a prince or a princess.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“In some ways, it’s better to be undervalued a little than overvalued a lot, just because it’s still easy to believe our best days are ahead of us.”
Glenn Kelman

“Get away from people who always just give you a bad feeling and make you feel undervalued. Move towards people who appreciate your presence and spend more time with them instead.”

“If you feel unwanted or unappreciated where you are or by those you’re with, it only means you’re in the wrong place or with the wrong people. Hang in there. Someone else will see you for the true gift you are.”
LK Hunsaker

“Being productive at work is rewarding, and feeling supported, challenged, and appreciated allows us to be our most efficient selves.”
Julia Hartz

“When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.”
Karen E. Quinones Miller

“If you feel unappreciated for what you have done, God wants you to know that He sees you. The hours you have put in, the kindness you have shown is making a difference in the hearts of the people around you, and God is working through you in more ways than you realize.”
Tony Warrick

You may also find these maybe it’s time to give up quotes helpful to let go of the past and move on to something more positive and healthy.

Wise Unappreciated Quotes

“A lack of appreciation and respect can be a sad end to many wonderful relationships.”
Bernajoy Vaal

“The very same person you are taking for granted today, is going to be your only chance of help in future.”
Tshepo Koos Maluleke

“If someone asks you to do more and you have a big reaction inside, it may be a sign that you’re already doing too much. Even strong, independent, hard-working people have limits and deserve to rest.
Doing your best is a wonderful thing, but doing all you possibly can for as long as you possibly can will eventually lead to burning out and feeling unappreciated by the people around you.”
Doe Zantamata

“He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.”
William Hazlitt

“Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude.”
Anne Frank

“We tend to have an expectation that we will be justly rewarded and praised for all of our hard work and sacrifice. The reality is that a lot of it goes unnoticed–it’s thankless. The pursuit of external affirmation just breeds resentment.”
Sahil Bloom

“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.”
Mary Kay Ash

“We’re all vulnerable to social approval. The need to belong, to be approved or appreciated by our peers is among the highest human motivations. But now our social approval is in the hands of tech companies.”
Tristan Harris

“Respect… is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.”
Annie Gottlieb

“The cultural insistence that parenting is the ‘most important’ job in the world is a smart way to satiate unappreciated women without doing a damn thing for them.”
Jessica Valenti

“People who want the most approval get the least and the people who need approval the least get the most.”
Wayne Dyer

“Love goes unappreciated a lot of times, but you still gotta keep giving it.”
Snoop Dogg

“People don’t notice the things we do for them until we stop doing them.”
Mike Skinner

“The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.”
Sonya Friedman

“It’s easy to love yourself when you feel good enough, when you feel special enough, when you’re loved enough, when you have enough money, and you’re appreciated.”
Debbie Ford

“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.”
Shannon L. Alder

“Even though they are paid differently, everyone has to feel appreciated.”
Roger Staubach

“Remember that when someone does something to push you down they often do it to make them feel better about themselves. But this is not the behavior of a healthy person. It’s because of their own low self-esteem. So pity them rather than pitying yourself.”

“Sometimes you’ll give your all to someone, and they won’t appreciate you. That’s life. Just don’t become bitter because of it.”
Sonya Parker

“When you realize that you matter just as much as anyone else in your own little world then people’s harsh words will matter less and less and just start rolling off your back.”

“Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.”
C. JoyBell C.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John F. Kennedy

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

Short Unappreciated Quotes

“Anything acquired without effort, and without cost is generally unappreciated.”
Napoleon Hill

“Scientists tend to be unappreciated in the world at large, but you can hardly overstate the importance of the work they do.”
Bill Bryson

“She felt excluded, unappreciated and unloved. Never had been loved.”
Suzie Wilde

“Dispirited, unmotivated, unappreciated workers cannot compete in a highly competitive world.”
Frances Hesselbein

“It’s simple. Women only nag when they feel unappreciated.”
Louis de Bernieres

“We can’t be afraid to dismiss the unappreciative.”
Dominic Riccitello

“If you treat me like no one today, tomorrow you will be no one to me.”
Cv Pillay

“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions … Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.”
Tina Fey

“Sometimes I think I need a spare heart to feel all the things I feel.”
Sanober Khan

“Refuse to accept another’s estimation of yourself.”
Alison Stormwolf

“Real people are destined to be hated and unappreciated by fools.”
Isaiah Harden

“You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.”
Yogi Bhajan

“Your problem is you are too busy holding onto your unworthiness.”
Ram Dass

“To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling.”
Barbara Walters

“Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worthy of the trip.”
Glenn Beck

“Just being born makes you worthy enough to be here.”
Oprah Winfrey

“If they don’t appreciate you, they don’t deserve you.”
Mary J. Blige

“That person you took for granted today could turn out to be the only person you will need tomorrow.”
Kemmy Nola

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

If you liked these unappreciated quotes then share them with a friend or someone else who might need them right now on social media or via email.

Want even more motivation and uplifting words of wisdom? Check out this post with Tuesday blessing and also this one with many Wednesday blessings. Plus, you might want to have a look at these Sunday blessings over the weekend.

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Henrik Edberg is the creator of the Positivity Blog and has written weekly articles here since 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Gothenburg and has been featured on Lifehacker, HuffPost and Paulo Coelho’s blog. Click here to learn more…

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  • Lu

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  • Those were great quotes