Complaining Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old complaining quotes, complaining sayings, and complaining proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. Anthony J. D'Angelo
Untold suffering seldom is. Franklin P. Jones
Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Og Mandino
Sweat silently. Let's have no squawking about a little expenditure of energy. Martin H. Fischer
The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects. Lord Jeffrey
Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining - it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn't solve any problems. Zig Ziglar
You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas. Shirley Chisholm
Complaining not only ruins everybody else's day, it ruins the complainer's day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get. Dennis Prager
Complaining is an insult to God. Monica Johnson
In our society, the sound of men complaining is like nails on a chalkboard. Warren Farrell
It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others. Joseph Addison
Excuses are only for those people who are unwilling to find the solution, who find greater solace in the loudness of their complaints rather than in the action they are taking to implement the actions that carry them steadily forward to their achievement. Bryon Pulsifer
If you have the time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. Anthony J. D'Angelo
Now, 10 years later, the person who talked and complained is still talking and complaining and still remains in the same position. The person who took the initiative and found solutions has been promoted several times. Catherine Pulsifer
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. Unkown
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. William Arthur Ward
Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others. Francois Fenelon
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. Confucius
I think there's an anxiety in life where we automatically tend to look to the next thing or we're complaining about the past. Worrying is not going to make it happen or not happen. Sherilyn Fenn
A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks. Oscar Wilde
Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy. Benjamin Franklin
Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him. Samuel Johnson
I find it unusual that it is more socially acceptable to complain about what you have than it is to ask for what you want. Phil Lout
I think a compliment ought to always precede a complaint, where one is possible, because it softens resentment and insures for the complaint a courteous and gentle reception. Mark Twain
It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare. Edmund Burke
The squeaking wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced. Unkown
When any anxiety or gloom of the mind takes hold of you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaining; but exert yourselves to hide it, and by endeavoring to hide it you drive it away. Samuel Johnson
I believe in grumbling; it is the politest form of fighting known. Edgar Watson Howe
The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity. Samuel Johnson
Noise proves nothing, Often a hen who has laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid. Mark Twain
I hate to complain... No one is without difficulties, whether in high or low life, and every person knows best where their own shoe pinches. Abigail Adams
We can choose to complain about the world or not. When we go to the quiet place in our hearts where our Spirit lives and we train ourselves to listen to that Voice, our mistakes and disgruntles become less and less. Jeanne Aisthorpe-Smith
The very fact that you are a complainer, shows that you deserve your lot. James Allen
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. Maya Angelou
You can overcome anything if you don't bellyache. Bernard Baruch
Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn't take any brains to complain. Robert A. Cook
Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean. Confucius
Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy that the thorn bush has roses. German Proverb
I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. Jane Wagner
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
While you are complaining about the little problems in your life, somebody is actually fighting for theirs. Jon Morrow
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. James 5:9
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Philippians 2:14-16
When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you've growled all day long. Unkown
What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain. Maya Angelou
One's life must seem extremely flat with nothing whatever to grumble at! W.S. Gilbert
If you can quit, quit. If you can't quit, stop complaining - this is what you chose. J.A. Konrath
People that pay for things never complain. It's the guy you give something to that you can't please. Will Rogers
Complaining is a state of mind and involves trying to change/control everyone else's mind except yours. Bill Able
Complaining is always non-contentment with what is. Bill Able
Complaining always involves trying to change what happened instead of changing how you look at what happened. Bill Able
We do not wisely when we vent complaints and censure.—We cry out for a little pain when we do but smile for a great deal of contentment. Feltham
I will chide no brother in the world but myself, against whom I know most faults. Shakespeare
I have always despised the whining yelp of a complaint, and the cowardly feeble resolve. Burns
Murmur at nothing: if our ills are irreparable, it is ungrateful; if remediless, it is vain. Colton
Everyone must see daily instances of people who complain from a mere habit of complaining; and make their friends uneasy, and strangers merry, by murmuring at evils that do not exist, and repining at grievances which they do not really feel. Graves
The problem is, the more we complain, the unhappier we become. Lucy Lane
If you spend your days whining and moaning, you'll always find plenty of things to complain about. Lucy Lane
He that complains or murmurs is not perfect, nor is he even a good Christian. St. John of the Cross
My days of whining and complaining about others have come to an end. Nothing is easier than fault-finding. All it will do is discolor my personality so that none will want to associate with me. That was my old life. No more. Og Mandino
He that's content has enough. He that complains hath too much. Benjamin Franklin
Husband can't understand why wife ever complains about anything when she has his coming home in the evening to look forward to. Kenneth B. Alley
He enjoyed poor health for a long time but he is now complaining of feeling better. Kenneth B. Alley
I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century; that a writer never complains, never explains, and never disdains. James Michener
Cruel, behold my heavy ending, / See what you wrought by your disdaining. / Causeless I die, love still attending / Your hopeless pity of my complaining. John Wilbye
When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness. Eckhart Tolle
Complaining is finding faults. Wisdom is finding solutions. Ajahn Brahm
Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won't make us happier. Randy Pausch
I would always be a better hater of things and institutions than a lover of them. Pat Conroy
The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects. Francis Jeffrey
I wish that everyone that's complaining about how things are here would shut their mouth for a little bit, go around the world and see how it is everywhere else. Tim Kennedy
Complaining is a dangerous business. It can damage or even destroy your relationship with God, your relationships with other people, and even your relationship with yourself. Joyce Mayer
If the situation could be rectified by complaining, today the world would have been a very beautiful place. Nitin Namdeo
Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future. Antoine Rivarol
It is the idle man, not the great worker, who is always complaining that he has no time or opportunity. Orison Swett Marden
Many of our choices have led to the predicaments we are presently complaining about. Monica Johnson
I'm perfectly happy complaining because it's cathartic, and I'm perfectly happy arguing with people on the Internet because arguing is my favorite pastime - not programming. Linus Torvalds
Most of the time he who complains about others is himself at fault. Elif Shafak