60 Thought-Provoking Quotes On Entitlement Mentality

Entitlement mentality is a narcissistic trait. People with a sense of entitlement feel like the world and the people around them OWE them something even when little or nothing has been done to deserve it. 

Entitlement is when somebody leans on you too much expecting you to solve their problems and make their lives better. Entitlement means demanding the kindness of others without thought of these other people dispensing kindness. Entitlement means accepting favors and goodwill without a word of gratitude or appreciation. 

Having an entitled person in our lives can be annoying, irritating, and very frustrating. However, when it is countries and heads of states who display entitlement mentality, the world becomes an extremely dangerous place for innocent people.

Here are some entitlement quotes you can think on today.

lee siegel quote

I react very badly when mediocrity throws a tantrum of entitlement. – Lee Siegel

Entitlementi is a delusion built on self-centeredness and laziness.

I would like my kids to inherit a world where people succeed because of merit and hard work, not entitlement, and where people accept others for what they are and not try to change them. – Guy Kawasaki

We are notorious for ‘running’ around self-righteously declaring our rights to this and to that. But if we were to reflect upon the millions who ‘ran’ across bloodied battlefields so that we would have rights to declare, I think we’d do a whole lot less declaring and a whole more appreciating. – Craig D. Lounsbrough

Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for.

Everybody deserves love, but nobody is entitled to it. – Katerina Stoykova Klemer

bill bailey quote


We live in the age of entitlement, as opposed to enlightenment. – Bill Bailey

Networking is an enrichment program, not an entitlement program. – Susan RoAne

You’re entitled to your negative opinions but talk slowly; I only have two middle fingers to go around. – Rachel Wolchin

You youngsters nowadays think you’re to begin with living well and working easy; you’ve no notion of running afoot before you get on horseback. – George Eliot

Entitlement and privilege corrupt. – James Stockdale

Success is not an entitlement. It has to be earned. – Howard Schultz

chrystia freeland quote


I do think that there is both a very powerful sense of entitlement and a kind of bubble of wealth which makes it hard for the people at the very top to understand the travails of the middle class. – Chrystia Freeland

Resolution, like responsibility, is a product of ownership, and kids can’t resolve a conflict until they figure out how they contributed to it. – Richard Eyre, The Entitlement Trap: How to Rescue Your Child with a New Family System of Choosing, Earning, and Ownership

When we replace a sense of service and gratitude with a sense of entitlement and expectation, we quickly see the demise of our relationships, society, and economy. – Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Though beauty gives you a weird sense of entitlement, it’s rather frightening and threatening to have others ascribe such importance to something you know you’re just renting for a while. – Candice Bergen

The abusive man’s high entitlement leads him to have unfair and unreasonable expectations, so that the relationship revolves around his demands. His attitude is: “You owe me.” For each ounce he gives, he wants a pound in return. He wants his partner to devote herself fully to catering to him, even if it means that her own needs—or her children’s—get neglected. You can pour all your energy into keeping your partner content, but if he has this mind-set, he’ll never be satisfied for long. And he will keep feeling that you are controlling him, because he doesn’t believe that you should set any limits on his conduct or insist that he meet his responsibilities.
Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it. – Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

sarah churchwell quote


People who are given whatever they want soon develop a sense of entitlement and rapidly lose their sense of proportion. – Sarah Churchwell

You were given a life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight. – Elizabeth Gilbert

It is true that when an entitlement begins to be enjoyed by people, they like to keep it. – Jon Kyl

Grace destroys entitlement. – Justin Buzzard

Sometimes people take it for granted that they had success, especially nowadays when you have instant stardom. A lot of people feel entitlement and nobody is entitled to anything. – Donny Osmond

The future of America is not an entitlement. We have been given a treasure chest of gifts and opportunities, but some people are being left behind, and success is not sustainable unless it is shared. – Howard Schultz

brene brown quote


What separates privilege from entitlement is Gratitude. – Brené Brown

Pride and entitlement always go with unforgiveness. The longer you hold someone’s offense over them, the more likely you are to start feeling arrogant and entitled to your posture toward him. – Will Davis Jr.

Elite athletes learn entitlement. They believe they are entitled to have women serve their needs. It’s part of being a man. It’s the cultural construction of masculinity. – Jackson Katz

We live in an age of instant knowledge. And there’s almost a sense of entitlement to that. – J. J. Abrams

Entitlement is the opposite of enchantment. – Guy Kawasaki

My father and mother had no sense of entitlement for their children. – Seamus Heaney

criss jami quote


Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it. – Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Male privilege and entitlement are dying a very painful death; no one gives up power without a struggle. – Gloria Allred

Entitlement is just the grossest kind of human behavior. – Jessica Parker Kennedy

We don’t have entitlements as part of our family heritage. If you want nice things in life, if you want to get ahead, you have to earn it. – Brian France

The decision to marry is every woman’s entitlement, irrespective of her age. – Zeenat Aman

Living with very limited expectations is a much more immediate way of living. You really do just make the best of everything you have. I guess kids have that ability; they wait in joyful anticipation of something rather than that sense of entitlement. – Natascha McElhone

oscar wilde quote


Every one is worthy of love, except him who thinks that he is. Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling. – Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

I’m here today to warn you: I want you to watch out for the adversary. Guard yourself from any spirit of entitlement. Restrain any and all subtle temptation to gain attention or to find ways to promote yourself. – Charles R. Swindoll

Childhood ought to have at least a few entitlements that aren’t entangled with utilitarian considerations. One of them should be the right to a degree of unencumbered satisfaction in the sheer delight and goodness of existence in itself. – Jonathan Kozol

I hate the unfairness of injustice. Anybody who thinks they are better than others or ‘chosen’ or feel they have an entitlement… be it through monarchy, government or money. I think we are all born the same. We are entitled to an equal shot at life. – Liam Cunningham

Gratitude begins where my sense of entitlement ends. – Steven Furtick

Actors devote a lot of our time and energy to the work that we do, but there shouldn’t come a sense of entitlement from fans that we owe them every second of our lives. – Lili Reinhart

liza unger quote


Didn’t it seem like really thin, gorgeous people were always so mean? Where did they get that aura of entitlement? And didn’t it seem like people always fawned over them even though they behaved badly? Why was that? – Liza Unger

He never did rid himself of the feeling that he had been denied his rightful place. It kept him from being good-natured, and made him unwilling to forget grudges. – Warren Eyster

Yuppies in embryo, miming their parents’ manners. In twenty years, they’d have country houses and children with pretentious literary names and tennis lessons and ugly cars and liaisons with hot young interns. Hurricanes of entitlement, all swirl and noise and destruction, nothing at their centers. – Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies

Legalism breeds a sense of entitlement that turns us into complainers. – Tullian Tchividjian

I had a Viking sense of entitlement to whatever provisions I could plunder. – Jonathan Franzen

Thankfulness eradicates entitlement. – Perry Noble


You’re not a Princess. And the last time I checked, neither Delusion nor Entitlement were kingdoms.

Entitlement? How can you be entitled to someone else’s money? – John Stossel

I’m interested in avoiding two types of behavior: one is the sense of guilt and the other is a sense of entitlement. If these two are avoided, then the rest is up to them. – John Elkann

The most capricious modern entitlement is not just Social Security, but to self-esteem. – George F. Will

Never, never, never let yourself feel that anybody ought to do anything for you. Once you become a duty you also become a nuisance. Marjorie Hillis

abraham lincoln quote


If this country is ever demoralized, it will come from trying to live without work. – Abraham Lincoln

An attitude of entitlement is inversely related to one of gratitude. Pete Wilson

The phrase what I want struck me. It contains so much entitlement, so many complications, but encompasses only what a person doesn’t have. – Tiffanie DeBartolo

What annoys people is the idea that somebody has everything, and they’re allowed to get away with anything. It’s the sense of entitlement that gets up people’s noses. – Douglas Booth

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