Complaining Quotes

Complaining Quotes
Do you complain a lot?  These “complaining quotes” will give you so much to think about, it just might cure you of all your complaints.

When any fit of gloominess, or perversion of mind, lays hold upon you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaints. -Samuel Johnson

If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. -Anthony J. D’Angelo

You can overcome anything if you don’t bellyache. -Bernard M. Baruch

Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn’t take any brains to complain. -Robert A. Cook

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

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

Untold suffering seldom is. -Franklin P. Jones

I will not be as those who spend the day in complaining of headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Those who do not complain are never pitied. -Jane Austen

Sweat silently.  Let’s have no squawking about a little expenditure of energy. -Martin H. Fischer

Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean. -Confucius

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

The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects. -Lord Jeffrey

You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas. -Shirley Hufsteddler

When a person finds themselves predisposed to complaining about how little they are regarded by others, let them reflect how little they have contributed to the happiness of others. -Unknown

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

Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy that the thorn bush has roses. -German Proverb

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining. -Jeff Raskin

The squeaking wheel doesn’t always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced. -Unknown

This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. -George Bernard Shaw

I believe in grumbling; it is the politest form of fighting known. -Edgar Watson Howe

We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed. -Thomas Fuller

So…what kind of person are you? 

Do you complain a lot or are you one of those noble souls that never utters a word of dissension? 

How do you do it? 

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    • Lee
    • January 8, 2011

    Hi Shawn, I cannot say I have never complained but lessons I have learned along the way; it never solves the problem.

    Some people are naturally positive and optimistic, whereas others tend to see the world in a more negative light Therefore, it is only natural that some people tend to complain more than others do. However, complaining is not always related to how pessimistic or unhappy a person is. Most of us have things we complain about, yet there are some people that seem to complain about everything.

    There are different reasons why people complain. For some people, complaining comes forth out of a true sense of unhappiness. They are unhappy about themselves or about their lives and they express this by complaining to others about their bad fortune. This is different to the everyday complaining most people do. We all complain sometimes, about little things that happen to us, like being stuck in a traffic jam or being turned down for a job. This is not the case with so-called compulsive complainers.

    There is nothing wrong with complaining, we all need to do it now and again, but the trick is to not over do it.


    Here is a thought provoking poem I would like to share if you think about complaining again.

    Today before you think of saying an unkind word
    Think of someone who can’t speak.

    Before you complain about the taste of your food
    Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

    Before you complain about your husband or wife
    Think of someone who’s crying out to God for a companion.

    Today before you complain about life
    Think of someone who went too early to the grave.

    Before you complain about your children
    Think of someone who desires children but they’re barren.

    Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn’t clean or sweep
    Think of the people who are living in the streets.

    Before whining about the distance you drive
    Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

    And when you are tired and complain about your job
    Think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.

    But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another
    Remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one maker.

    And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down
    Put a smile on your face and thank God you’re alive and still around.

    ~ Author Unknown

    1. Reply

      Thanks so much, Lee. Very well-said, as usual. Great poem. I’m going to have to come back and re-read this page many times in the future just to remind myself all the great lessons we’ve covered.

      • jo
      • January 9, 2011

      I agree with Shawn, this is great poem Lee & a reminder to all of us.. I’ll print this and post this in front of my office table.

        • Lee
        • January 10, 2011

        Thank you jo for your comment, glad you liked the poem

    • Lee
    • January 8, 2011

    Hello Shawn,

    One other thing, I always enjoy reading your quotes, they inspire me and always give me something to think about and discuss with friends.

    Enjoy your week-end!

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    • Laurie
    • January 8, 2011

    Terrific quotes. My favorite is: This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. -George Bernard Shaw
    Thanks for sharing them Shawn.

      • Carl
      • January 10, 2011

      This, too, is my favorite. Often thought, but never as clearly articulated as by Mr. Shaw.

    • Amulya Kumar Mishra
    • January 8, 2011

    Instead of complaining let us point out the problems along with it’s

    • Sharon
    • January 8, 2011

    No omplaints!! Ever. It’s useless, gets on everyone’s nerves (complainers) and is really, really boring (listening to someone always complaining). Make a joke, if you must say something, then just get on with it. I avoid like the plague chronic complainers . . .

    • Lucas
    • January 8, 2011

    Hi shawn fortunately I’m not a person who adopted the habit(complain), and its good to realise that infact taking an action actually could lead to obtaining positive outcomes

    I personally appreciate these quotes


    • Ermie
    • January 14, 2011

    Ahoy there Shawn,

    I cannot really thank you enough, all i can say is YO te amo!!

    To life!!!

    1. Reply

      Thanks! Je t’aime aussi. 🙂

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