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.     


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.     


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.     


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.     


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