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Quotations about Complaining

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

All complaints about life today will be ignored unless they are submitted in the format of elegant haiku poetry. ~Dr. SunWolf, 2016 May 28th tweet,

Complaining is good for you! — As long as you're not complaining to the person you're complaining about! ~Lynn Johnston, For Better or For Worse, 2003 November 6th

Shiftless persons find their chief happiness in complaining. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Depend on it half the grumbling in the world is mere pretence. We are vastly more contented with our lot in life than we choose to have it believed. Notwithstanding we are such inveterate railers at Fate on account of all the mischief that happens to us, there are but few of even the most miserable-minded folks who would like to change places with any one else... ~Thomas Clark Henley, A Handful of Paper Shavings, 1861

When any fit of anxiety, or gloominess, or perversion of mind lays hold upon you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaints, but exert your whole care to hide it; by endeavouring to hide it you will drive it away. Be always busy. ~Samuel Johnson

Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something, then you have the time to do something about it. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book, 1995,

You can overcome anything if you don't bellyache. ~Bernard M. Baruch

Sighs and groans are the language of faultfinders. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

I think that the insane desire one has sometimes to bang and kick grumblers and peevish persons is a Divine instinct. ~Robert Hugh Benson

One's life must seem extremely flat
With nothing whatever to grumble at!
~W.S. Gilbert, Princess Ida; Or, Castle Adamant, 1884

I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.  ~Jane Wagner

An inch of cooperation is worth a yard of complaints. ~William Arthur Ward, Thoughts of a Christian Optimist, 1968

The keenest critic of the sculptor is the stone-cutter. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Pursue no Sorrow; if you do,
It may turn back and live with you.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Complaining," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

A critic would sacrifice the entire rose to find fault with the thorn. ~Terri Guillemets

Untold suffering seldom is.  ~Franklin P. Jones

God help me... that I be not as those are who spend the day in complaining of headache, and the night in drinking the wine which gives the headache! ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, cultivate the gift of taciturnity, and consume your own smoke with an extra draft of hard work, so that those about you may not be annoyed with the dust and soot of your complaints.  ~William Osler

In trying to get our own way, we should remember that kisses are sweeter than whine.  ~Author Unknown

I can't complain, but sometimes I still do.  ~Joe Walsh

Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.  ~Og Mandino

Grumbling is born of conceit. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

It hain't no use to grumble and complane;
      It's jest as cheap and easy to rejoice.—
When God sorts out the weather and sends rain,
      W'y, rain's my choice...
~James Whitcomb Riley, "Wet-Weather Talk," 1901

Sweat silently. Let's have no squawking about a little expenditure of energy. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

Had critics been able to kill, no masterpiece could have survived. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.  ~Randall Jarrell

Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future.  ~Antoine Rivarol

The world is so dreadfully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain.  ~Ronald Firbank

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