Cranky Sayings and Quotes

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

Righteous indignation: your own wrath as opposed to the shocking bad temper of others.     

Elbert Hubbard

Bad temper is its, own scourge. Few things are more bitter than to feel bitter. A man's venom poisons himself more than his victim.     

Charles Buxton

A pleasant smile is the password to welcome and friendship—from your superior, your equal or your inferior in rank. No one likes a grouch or a crepehanger, or wants him around if they can help it.      

C.A. Morse

That's one of the peculiar things about bad moods - we often fool ourselves and create misery by telling ourselves things that simply are not true.     

David D. Burns

When you are thwarted, it is your own attitude that is out of order.     

Meister Eckhart

A fretful temper will divide the closest knot that may be tied, by ceaseless sharp corrosion; a temper passionate and fierce may suddenly your joys disperse at one immense explosion.     

William Cowper

Bad temper is its own safety valve. He who can bark does not bite.     

Agatha Christie

Grouchy is a typical habit of the victims.     

Toba Beta

It takes 73 muscles to frown and only 14 to smile. No wonder grouchy people are always tired.     

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Men are all right for friends, but as soon as you marry them they turn into cranky old fathers, even the wild ones.     

Willa Cather

Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.     

Isaac Asimov

It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.     

C. S. Lewis

When you see anyone complaining of such and such a person's ill-nature and bad temper, know that the complainant is bad-tempered, forasmuch as he speaks ill of that bad-tempered person, because he alone is good-tempered who is quietly forbearing towards the bad-tempered and ill-natured.     


Crankiness is a human attribute that, when people walk in the door of Xerox, they remain human. The best way to get the best out of people is to not force them to be something other than they naturally are. Now what do they have to be? They have to be respectful. You can't be ridiculously disrespectful.     

Ursula Burns

The growth of wisdom may be gauged accurately by the decline of ill temper.     

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

A perverse temper and fretful disposition will make any state of life whatsoever unhappy.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

If someone decides they're not going to be happy, it's not your problem. You don't have to spend your time and energy trying to cheer up someone who has already decided to stay in a bad mood. Believe it or not, you can actually hurt people by playing into their self-pity.     

Joyce Meyer

The bad mood fairy comes to annoy you only when you are actually in a good position, but don't yet realise it!     

Jonathan Cainer

An object may seem static to you and to me, but every bit of it is in continuous movement, shaking, shivering, and rotating.     

Girdhar Joshi

The worst-tempered people I've ever met were people who know they were wrong.     

Wilson Mizner

If you feel irritated or threatened by others' beliefs, it's a sign that you're experiencing crisis of confidence.     

Toba Beta

Any woman who diets all the time can't help but be grouchy. Nobody can be amusing or entertaining on a diet.     

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Crankiness is at the essence of all comedy. My wife and I were discussing the different types of cranky. There's entertaining cranky, annoying cranky, angry cranky.     

Jerry Seinfeld

Mortals must do what they are here to do creatively or they will become cranky.     

Tom Shales

Fretfulness of temper will generally characterize those who are negligent of order     

Hugh Blair

It is a bad temper of mind that takes delight in opposition.     

Benjamin Franklin

Good moods're as fragile as eggs...Bad moods're as fragile as bricks.     

David Mitchell

If chocolate were a mandatory part of breakfast, people wouldn't be so grouchy in the morning.     

Joanne Fluke