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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)

-from the musical 1776...
Is Anybody There? Does Anybody Care? (John Quincy 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)

Stop the mindless wishing that things would be different. Rather than wasting time and emotional and spiritual energy in explaining why we don't have what we want, we can start to pursue other ways to get it. (Greg Anderson)

I just sort of wish people would dance differently. It reminds me of teenage sex. (Laurie Anderson)

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. (Maya Angelou)

Any fool can criticize, complain, condemn, and most fools do. (Anonymous)

Spend the time creating rather than complaining. (Robin Antar)

You only get what you expect out of life and people only treat you the way you allow them. So suck it up, get over it, and go create something. (Jo Appleton)

Take away the complaint, 'I have been harmed,' and the harm is taken away. (Marcus Aurelius)

Is your cucumber bitter? Throw it away. Are there briars in your path? Turn aside. That is enough. (Marcus Aurelius)

You can overcome anything if you don't bellyache. (Bernard Baruch)

- Waiting for Godot...
There's man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet. (Samuel Beckett)

We have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see. (Bishop Berkeley)

Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. (Wendell Berry)

Complaints bring misery; compliments brings strength. (Yogi Bhajan)

Complainant received immediate lacerations of the credibility. (Jimmy Breslin)

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs. (Charlotte Bronte)

People of small caliber are always carping. They are bent on showing their own superiority, their knowledge or prowess or good breeding. (Van Wyck Brooks)

If bitterness wants to get into the act, I offer it a cookie or a gumdrop. (James Broughton)

You are no bigger than the things that annoy you. (Jerry Bundsen)

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

We prefer to find an explanation for why things are not perfect, and these rarely stand up to close scrutiny. (Charlie Campbell)

Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac? (George Carlin)

No sooner is your ocean filled, than he grumbles that it might have been of better vintage. Try him with half of a Universe, of an Omnipotence, he sets to quarrelling with the proprietor of the other half, and declares himself the most maltreated of men. Always there is a black spot in our sunshine: it is even as I said, the Shadow of Ourselves. (Thomas Carlyle)

Let's not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember, 'Life is too short to be little.' (Dale Carnegie)

It is of no use to be sad and complain and feel justified in doing so, believing that someone is always doing something to us. Nobody is doing anything to anybody. (Carlos Castaneda)

-from The Franklin's Tale...
One cannot scold or complain at every word. Learn to endure patiently, or else, as I live and breathe, you shall learn it whether you want or not. (Geoffrey Chaucer)

Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior's world. (Pema Chodron)

When you've fallen on the highway / and you're lying in the rain, / and they ask you how you're doing / of course you'll say you can't complain... (Leonard Cohen)

Blame is just a lazy person's way of making sense of chaos. (Doug Coupland)

If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

Do not go about complaining how hard it is to live in this world. Such behavior is entirely unworthy of a real man. (Nichiren Daishonin)

However brief our time in the sun, if we waste a second of it, or complain that it is dull or barren or (like a child) boring, couldn't this be seen as a callous insult to those unborn trillions who will never even be offered life in the first place? (Richard Dawkins)

Never complain and never explain. (Benjamin Disraeli)

Light sufferings give us leisure to complain. (John Dryden)

You can't complain about what you permit. (Faith Duck)

I am against: general ideas / the nude / the appropriation of images / the mystification of the untitled / the glorification of artistic doubt / the fuzzy edges of sensitivity / old sins / and useless guilt. (Marlene Dumas)

Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives. Don't waste yourself in rejection, or bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

- The 4-Hour Workweek...
For all their bitching about what's holding them back, most people have a lot of trouble coming up with the defined dreams they're being held from. (Timothy Ferriss)

She complains, 'You're ignoring me' and he says, 'Ah, yes. She senses the presence of the Muse, and she's jealous.' (Padraic Fiacc)

Some weasel took the cork out of my lunch... (W. C. Fields)

Luck's always to blame. (Jean de La Fontaine)

My pet peeve is tiny little signatures hidden somewhere in the painting so that the viewer has to send out a search party for it. Is the painter ashamed of his or her work? (Nina Allen Freeman)

We have been mysteriously gifted this amazing life. Let us not complain. (Robert Genn)

Oh, wouldn't the world seem dull and flat with nothing whatever to grumble at? (W. S. Gilbert)

- Dream Days, 1898...
Don't, for goodness' sake, keep on saying 'Don't'; I hear so much of it, and it's monotonous, and makes me tired. (Kenneth Grahame)

Save that from yonder ivy-mantled tow'r / The moping owl does to the moon complain. (Thomas Gray)

No shortcomings of other people cause us to be more intolerant than those which are caricatures of our own. (Franz Grillparzer)

Sir Edward Burne-Jones, 1833-98, considered it a desecration that smoking and flirtation should take place in the presence of his canvases. (Helen Hale)

The search for someone to blame is always successful. (Robert Half)

Some folk want their luck buttered. (Thomas Hardy)

People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining. (Stephen Hawking)

-interview by Gina Mazza...
I have nothing to complain about, frankly. I guess that should be my main complaint - that I've got nothing to complain about. (David R. Hawkins)

Western artists are peculiar. They have the best supplies and conditions possible to make art, yet they complain the most! (Margaret Henkels)

Don't moan, don't whine, don't blame. Just get on with it. (Katharine Hepburn)

Life is a fatal complaint, and an eminently contagious one. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it. (Lou Holtz)

People often complain of making 'mud'... You can mix as many colours as you like on the palette, but put it on 'right the first time.' (Amanda Hyatt)

A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use. (Washington Irving)

Go on and cry in your coffee, / but don't come bitching to me. (Billy Joel)

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. (Carl Gustav Jung)

If man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on. (Immanuel Kant)

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. (Alphonse Karr)

-to friend Steven Pressfield...
You're where you want to be, aren't you? So you're taking a few blows. That's the price for being in the arena... Stop complaining and be grateful. (Tony Keppelman)

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me. (Soren Kierkegaard)

One does not lash what lies at a distance. The foibles that we ridicule must at least be a little bit our own. Only then will the work be a part of our own flesh. The garden must be weeded. (Paul Klee)

We make progress in society only if we stop cursing and complaining about its shortcomings and have the courage to do something about them. (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot. (Dalai Lama)

Play to the public. They know what's good. And if you haven't made it, chances are you suck. Or you're just not good enough yet. Instead of complaining, go back into your bedroom and practice! (Bob Lefsetz)

Make art, not strife. (Lynda Lehmann)

- Move a Little, Lose a Lot...
'I have no energy' is the number two complaint I hear from patients immediately after the number one complaint, 'I need to lose weight!' (James A. Levine)

Life isn't fair. It's true, and you still have to deal with it. Whining about it rarely levels the playing field, but learning to rise above it is the ultimate reward. (Harvey Mackay)

I will not hang out with whining people – it messes with my spirit. (Barbara McCleary)

Complainers are looking for excuses not to work – it's easier to drown oneself in excuses and get mired down – and yes, if we are truthful with ourselves few of us, including me, have not been there. (Carolyn McDade)

-on why he had not married...
I have a wife too many already, namely this art, which harries me incessantly, and my works are my children. (Michelangelo)

-on being asked by Pope Paul IV to mend his painting...
Tell his supreme holiness that this is a mere trifle and can easily be done; let him mend the world, paintings are easily mended. (Michelangelo)

It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Whining uses time and energy that could be spent painting. (Brigitte Nowak)

I don't have time to complain. I'm going to press on. (Barack Obama)

Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, cultivate the gift of taciturnity and consume your own smoke with an extra draught of hard work, so that those about you may not be annoyed with the dust and soot of your complaints. (Sir William Osler)

Never complain, never explain. (Dorothy Parker)

Don't complain; just work harder. (Randy Pausch)

-said during the 1981 recession...
Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed. (Prince Philip)

It is the incompetent and the neglected artist who charges the public with ignorance, stupidity, and indifference. He raves loudly, but he is incomprehensible, even inarticulate, in his work. (Walter J. Phillips)

- Golden Earrings, 1947...
I do wish you'd stop reading my mind... It's so frightfully disconcerting - like being followed up one's trousers. (Abraham Polonsky)

It's human nature to gripe, but I'm going ahead and doing the best I can. (Elvis Presley)

It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness. (Chinese proverb)

A poor workman always blames his tools. (English proverb)

I had no shoes and complained, until I met a man who had no feet. (Indian proverb)

No one respects a whining, broke artist. (Bob Ragland)

I don't think any one person, whether artist or not, has been given permission by anyone to put the responsibility of the way things are on anyone else. (Robert Rauschenberg)

-on Leonardo da Vinci...
He bores me. He ought to have stuck to his flying machine. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you. (Jim Rohn)

If you spend five minutes complaining, you have just wasted five minutes. (Jim Rohn)

The greatest form of maturity is at harvest time. That is when we must learn how to reap without complaint if the amounts are small and how to reap without apology if the amounts are big. (Jim Rohn)

When it comes to pinning blame, pin the tail on the donkeys. (Mitt Romney)

If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished? (Rumi)

No cause has he to say his doom is harsh, / Who's made the master of his destiny. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

Don't grumble! Don't stew! / Some critters are much-much, / Oh, ever so much-much / So muchly much-much more unlucky than you. (Dr. Seuss)

Nowadays, people do tend to blame their parents for everything. (Peter Shaffer)

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want. And if they can't, make them. (George Bernard Shaw)

Whining has become so common that many people don't even realize they're doing it. (Sue Shellenbarger)

It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application. (Samuel Smiles)

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. (Baruch Spinoza)

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)

What is it all but a trouble of ants in the gleam of a million million of suns? (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. (Lily Tomlin)

In your cocoon, occasionally you shout complaints, such as, "Leave me alone!" "Bug off!" "I want to be who I am!"... which comes from fighting against your environment... You can raise your head and just take a little peek out of the cocoon... The environment is friendly. It is called "Planet Earth." (Chogyam Trungpa)

I mean, there's no point in sittin' around and cryin' about spilt milk. Gotta move on. (Ted Turner)

All say, 'How hard it is that we have to die' - a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live. (Mark Twain)

What we complain of in others, others will complain of in us. (Author unknown)

It's not them, it's you. / It's not there, it's here. / It's not then, it's now. (Author unknown)

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. (William Arthur Ward)

We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them. (William Arthur Ward)

At the conclusion of the exhibition several artists were complaining about 'lack of sales, poor advertising by the sponsor of the event, all lookers - no buyers,' etc... and they had spent their time avoiding conversations (except while on their cell phones), talking to their friends but nobody else and avoiding eye contact with potential customers - essentially creating the very thing they feared... lack of sales due to lack of enthusiasm! (Dorenda Crager Watson)

Yet we act as if simple cause and effect is at work. We push to find the one simple reason things have gone wrong. We look for the one action, or the one person, that created this mess. As soon as we find someone to blame, we act as if we've solved the problem. (Margaret J. Wheatley)

I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action. (Tennessee Williams)

Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along. (Paramahansa Yogananda)

1-Don't analyze. 2-Don't complain. 3-Don't compare yourself to others. 4-Don't expect things to be done for you. 5-Don't expect perfection in the relative. 6-Look to the knowledge aspect daily. 7-Own the movement. 8-Problems are all in your head. 9-Hold yourself together. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

My son complains about headaches. I tell him all the time, when you get out of bed, it's feet first! (Henny Youngman)


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