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COMPLAINING
[ Also see Discontent Ill-nature Moroseness ]

All our murmurings are so many arrows shot at God Himself, and they will return upon our own hearts; they reach not Him, but they will hit us;
  they hurt not Him, but they will wound us; therefore it is better to be mute than to murmur; it is dangerous to provoke a consuming fire.
      - James H. Aughey

We have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see.
      - Bishop George Berkeley

Complaint is. more contemptible than pitiful.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

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

I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint, and the cowardly feeble resolve.
      - Robert Burns

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, The College Blue Book

The world is so dreadfully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain.
      - Ronald Firbank

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

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

Every one must see daily instances of people who complain from a mere habit of complaining.
      - Richard Graves, the Younger

To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life.
      - Eric Hoffer

The usual fortune for complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

To hear complaints with patience, even when complaints are vain, is one of the duties of friendship.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Our condition never satisfies us; the present is always the worst. Though Jupiter should grant his request to each, we should continue to importune him.
      - Jean de la Fontaine

To tell thy mis'ries will no comfort breed;
  Men help thee most, that think thou hast no need;
    But if the world once thy misfortunes know,
      Thou soon shall lose a friend and find a foe.
      - Thomas Randolph

We are too prone to find fault; let us look for some of the perfections.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

We lose the right of complaining sometimes by forbearing it; but we often treble the force.
      - Laurence Sterne

Complaint is the largest tribute heaven receives.
      - Jonathan Swift

This life is not for complaint, but for satisfaction.
      - Henry David Thoreau


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