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.

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.


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.


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

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