Complaint quotes and sayings

I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.
Bible

Then Job answered and said, Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
Bible

Take away your opinion, and then there is taken away the complaint, ‘I have been harmed.’ Take away the complaint, ‘I have been harmed,’ and the harm is taken away.
Marcus Aurelius

Lawyers know how to take isolated complaints in a divorce case and build them into one big one.
Hedy Lamarr

Don’t complain that you are not getting what you want, Just be glad you are not getting what you deserve!
Anonymous

Untold suffering seldom is.
Franklin P. Jones

To make a criticism is a bit like complaining about the shape of the Pyramids.
Anonymous

The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.
Samuel Johnson

In all evils which admit a remedy, impatience should be avoided, because it wastes that time and attention in complaints which, if properly applied, might remove the cause.
Samuel Johnson

People that pay for things never complain. It’s the guy you give something to that you can’t please.
Will Rogers

If you are foolish enough to be contented, don’t show it, but grumble with the rest.
Jerome K. Jerome

Because Olivia Newton-John wasn’t from Nashville, they didn’t like her winning our awards. I’ve got no complaints.
Loretta Lynn

To hear complaints is wearisome to the wretched and the happy alike.
Samuel Johnson

Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.
Robert Burns

I realize that if I wait until I am no longer afraid to act, write, speak, be, I’ll be sending messages on a Ouija board, cryptic complaints from the other side.
Audre Lorde

As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
Helen Keller

Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others.
Fenelon

Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
Bible

I have no complaints with the whole childhood acting thing, because I wanted to do it.
Tina Yothers

We took risks. We knew we took them. Things have come out against us. We have no cause for complaint.
Robert Frost

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

A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.
W. E. B. Du Bois

I believe in grumbling it is the politest form of fighting known.
Ed Howe

It’s ironic that in our culture everyone’s biggest complaint is about not having enough time; yet nothing terrifies us more than the thought of eternity.
Dennis Miller

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

Every man may be observed to have a certain strain of lamentation, some peculiar theme of complaint on which he dwells in his moments of dejection.
Samuel Johnson

Writing as a woman presents enormous problems but I have attempted it several times and haven’t had many complaints.
Jim Harrison

Civilization must be destroyed. The hairy saints of the North have earned this crumb by their complaints.
Wallace Stevens

I’ve been blessed. I have no complaints. I’ve been surrounded by people in radio, on stage and in motion pictures and television who love me. The things that have gone wrong have been simply physical things.
Dick York

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

He cannot complain of a hard sentence, who is made master of his own fate.
Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

I have no complaints on any level. I’m pretty happy about the way everything has turned out.
Martin Milner

A Christmas shopper’s complaint is one of long-standing.
Anonymous

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

As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled? / Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.
Bible

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 complaint.
William Osler

Noise proves nothing, Often a hen who has laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.
Mark Twain

All say, how hard it is that we have to die – a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
Mark Twain

If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself: / I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.
Bible

Nay, Madam, when you are declaiming, declaim; and when you are calculating, calculate.
Samuel Johnson

Evil is a disease; and worry over disease is itself an additional form of disease, which only adds to the original complaint.
William James

There are so many things to complain of in this household that it would never have occurred to me to complain of rheumatism.
Saki

I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.
Jewish proverb

Oh, wouldn’t the world seem dull and flat with nothing whatever to grumble at?
W.S. Gilbert

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
Sigmund Freud

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

We lose the right of complaining sometimes, by denying something, but this often triples its force.
Laurence Sterne

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

It is no use to grumble and complain;
It’s just as cheap and easy to rejoice;
When God sorts out the weather and sends rain –
Why, rain’s my choice.
James Whitcomb Riley

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