Quotes for
the Journey:

Complaining



Those who are content have enough;
those that complain, have too much.

Benjamin Franklin

   
We have no more right to put our discordant states of mind into the lives of those around us and rob them of their sunshine and brightness than we have to enter their houses and steal their silverware.      -Julia Seton
   

Complaints work against you in three ways.  First, no one wants to hear negative news about your illness and your problems.  Second, complaining reinforces your own pain and discomfort.  So why keep replaying painful, negative memories?  Third, complaining, by itself, accomplishes nothing and diverts you from the constructive actions you could be taking to improve your situation.       -Jeff Keller

   

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

   

Complaining takes something out of everyone.  Focusing on the negative drags others down, especially when it's done often, in many different situations.  If you see something wrong, complain about it, but do something about it, too.  Don't just sit there and complain--it too quickly becomes a habit.  Without complaints, there's no change, but when complaining becomes a way of life, there's little light in life to keep us warm.       -Tom Walsh

   
Is life so wretched?  Isn't it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled?  You are the one who must grow up.       -Dag Hammarskjold
  
We live in a culture of complaint because everyone is always looking for things to complain about.  It's all tied in with the desire to blame others for misfortunes and to get some form of compensation into the bargain.     -Alexander McCall Smith, The World According to Bertie

Others may argue about whether the world ends with a bang or a whimper.  I just want to make sure mine doesn't end with a whine.       -Barbara Gordon

   
All happy people are grateful.  Ungrateful people cannot be happy.  We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but itís truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy.     -Dennis Prager

   

Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.     -Confucius
  
You can overcome anything if you don't bellyache.     -Bernard M. Baruch
  
The point of complaining is not necessarily that it's going to change things.  It's more kind of an existential act that is essential to democracy.     -Matthew Bakkom
  
Acceptance means no complaining, and happiness means no complaining about the things over which you can do nothing.     -Wayne W. Dyer
  
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
  
  
Sister, there are people who went to sleep all over the world last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again.  Sister, those who expected to rise did not, their beds became their cooling boards, and their blankets became their winding sheets.  And those dead folks would give anything, anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of that plowing that person was grumbling about.  So you watch yourself about complaining, Sister.  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, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
  
See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather.   To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge.  When you complain, you make yourself into a victim.  When you speak out, you are in your power.  So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it.  All else is madness.     -Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
  
I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.     -Jane Wagner, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
  
Now, ten 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
  
The truly patient person neither complains of his or her hard lot nor desires to be pitied by others.  This person speaks of sufferings in a natural, true, and sincere way, without murmuring, complaining, or exaggerating them.     -Francis de Sales
  
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
  
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
  

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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
  
Instead of complaining that the rosebush is full of thorns, be happy that the thorn bush has roses.     -Proverb
  
I know it's important to do more than just complain when there's something you don't like.  You need to try to do something about it, or you're nothing but a whiner.     -Jean Ferris, Twice Upon a Marigold
   
If you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you'd be surprised by how well things can work out. . . . 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, The Last Lecture
  
Don't complain because you don't have.  Enjoy what you've got.     -H. Stanley Judd
  

   

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