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Term for “constantly unsatisfied soul”

Is there a word for a person who is always after what he does not have and does not cherish what he has? If not, any idiom or phrase?

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marked as duplicate by FumbleFingers, jwpat7, Jasper Loy, Robert Cartaino Nov 30 '11 at 3:54

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@FumbleFingers I agree. – user11550 Nov 29 '11 at 23:39
@FumbleFingers My intention has nothing to do with unsatisfaction. Bjorn's answer more or less shares what is in my mind. – Terry Li Nov 29 '11 at 23:43
@FumbleFingers For example, an unsatisfied person is always looking for something better in life, which is not necessarily true in my case. In my case, they just tend to ignore what they possess and pursue whatever is not in their pocket yet(not necessarily something good, and often hard to obtain). – Terry Li Nov 29 '11 at 23:50
I find it hard to imagine a constant desire for new things and lack of appreciation for existing things, without including the concept of dissatisfaction. I suppose kleptomanic, and magpie, for example, might be steering in that direction, but @Bjorn's answer fits both questions equally well to my mind (or doesn't, since both ask for a single word). – FumbleFingers Nov 30 '11 at 0:04
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No single word comes to mind (though I wouldn't be surprised if such a word does exist) but a certain well known proverb does:

The grass is always greener on the other side.

The Free Dictionary defines this as People always think they would be happier in a different set of circumstances. (Usually implies that the other circumstances really are not any better.)

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Sounds like an ingrate to me.

If to be grateful is exhibit these qualities:

appreciative of benefits received : willing or anxious to acknowledge and repay or give thanks for benefits

Then an ingrate exhibits exactly the opposite.

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I offer malcontent - *definition of malcontent by the Free Online Dictionary ... mal·con·tent (m l k n-t nt ). adj. Dissatisfied with existing conditions. n. 1. A chronically dissatisfied person. 2. One who … *

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To covet something is to want what you don't have, and implicitly conveys that you are not satisfied with what you already have.

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