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In English, is there a proverb/saying that means

good people are always treated terribly and unfairly ?

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    There's "Nice guys finish last," but that may not be what you are looking for, – Mick Nov 21 '17 at 5:30
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    And there's "No good deed goes unpunished." – Xanne Nov 21 '17 at 6:06
  • @Xanne That's the aphorism that I was trying to recall (by Clare Boothe Luce). You should make it into an answer. – Mick Nov 21 '17 at 6:09
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With Xanne's no good deed goes unpunished, which means:

Beneficial actions often go unappreciated or are met with outright hostility. If they are appreciated, they often lead to additional requests.

I have also found: eaten bread is soon forgotten

(Ireland) Kind deeds or favours are often forgotten by the beneficiary/beneficiaries once they have been done.

example:

Promised increases in productivity following previous pay rises never materialised -- as eaten bread is soon forgotten -- but we'll be paying for the crumbs for a long time to come.

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