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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,

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,

There is no fortune so good, but you may find something to complain of. ~Publilius Syrus

I have my health, I have central air — in the hierarchy of pain and suffering, I really can't complain. I mean, I will... ~The West Wing, "Disaster Relief," 2003, written by Alexa Junge and Josh Singer  [S5, E6, Josh Lyman]

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,

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)

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