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Quotations about Complaining



All complaints about life today will be ignored unless they are submitted in the format of elegant haiku poetry. ~Dr. SunWolf, @wordwhispers, tweet, 2016, professorsunwolf.com


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, collegiate-empowerment.org


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


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


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


Untold suffering seldom is. ~Franklin P. Jones, in The Saturday Evening Post, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1980


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


I can't complain, but sometimes I still do. ~Joe Walsh, "Life's Been Good," 1978


I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. ~Og Mandino


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


A conscientious pursuit of Plato's ideal perfection may teach you the three great lessons of life. You may learn to consume your own smoke. The atmosphere is darkened by the murmurings and whimperings of men and women over the non-essentials, the trifles that are inevitably incident to the hurly burly of the day's routine. Things cannot always go your way. Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, cultivate the gift of taciturnity and consume your own smoke with an extra draught of hard work, so that those about you may not be annoyed with the dust and soot of your complaints. ~William Osler, M.D., "The Master-Word in Medicine," 1903  [The second lesson: We are here not to get all we can out of life for ourselves, but to try to make the lives of others happier. The third lesson: The law of the higher life is only fulfilled by love, i.e. charity. —tg]


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


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


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


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


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


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





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