An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





If I were to say, "God, why me?" about the bad things, then I should have said, "God, why me?" about the good things that happened in my life.


Arthur Ashe (1943-1993, African-American tennis player)


Those who do not complain are never pitied.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


Those who do not complain are never pitied.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


Intelligence is nothing without delight.


Paul Claudel


Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn't take any brains to complain.


Robert A. Cook


What annoyances are more painful than those of which we cannot complain?


Marquis De Custine (1790-1857, French traveler, author)


Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.


Anthony J. D'Angelo


There is one topic peremptorily forbidden to all well-bred, to all rational mortals, namely, their distempers. If you have not slept, or if you have slept, or if you have headache, or sciatica, or leprosy, or thunder-stroke, I beseech you, by all angels, to hold your peace, and not pollute the morning.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


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


Francois de Salignac Fenelon (1651-1715, French writer)


There are some people who knock the pyramids because they don't have elevators.


Jim Ferree


Never complain. Never explain.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


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 (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect.


Benny Hill (1925-1992, British comedian)


The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


What do sad complaints avail if the offense is not cut down by punishment.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


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


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.


Francis Jeffrey (1773-1850, Scottish critic, jurist)


Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes, there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


You can't stop the rain by complaining…


Singing in the Rain Movie


You can't stop the rain by complaining…


Singing in the Rain Movie


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


The sun was shining in my eyes, and I could barely see to do the necessary task that was allotted me. Resentment of the vivid glow I started to complain. When all at once upon the air I heard the blind man's cane.


Earl Musselman


One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


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


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


He that falls by himself never cries.


Turkish Proverb (Sayings of Turkish origin)


One chops the wood, the other does the grunting.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


When people complain of life, it is almost always because they have asked impossible things of it.


Ernest Renan (1823-1892, French writer, critic, scholar)


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 (1849-1916, American poet)


Rich folks always talk hard times.


Lillian Smith (1897-1966, American author)


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


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


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 ;brighten possibilities.


Julia Moss Seton


The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.


Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885, American humorist)


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


Laurence Sterne (1713-1768, British author)


Complaint is the largest tribute Heaven receives.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Our present time is indeed a criticizing and critical time, hovering between the wish, and the inability to believe. Our complaints are like arrows shot up into the air at no target: and with no purpose they only fall back upon our own heads and destroy ourselves.


Sir William Temple (1628-1699, British diplomat, essayist)


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 (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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


Author Unknown


If you have no will to change it, you have no will to criticize it.


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


To hear complaints is tiresome to the miserable and the happy.


Author Unknown


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.


Author Unknown


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.


Author Unknown


I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.


Jane Wagner


It is rare indeed that there is not ample occasion for grumbling.


John Wagstaff


I can't complain, but sometimes I still do.


Joe Walsh


 Back to Daimon Library English Quotes Search Page


website tracking