All of you, I am sure, have heard many cries about Government
interference with business and about "creeping socialism." I should like
to remind the gentlemen who make these complaints that if events had
been allowed to continue as they were going prior to March 4, 1933, most
of them would have no businesses left for the Government or for anyone
else to interfere with- and almost surely we would have socialism in
this country, real socialism. (in 1950)
-Harry S. Truman
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, and most fools do.
Complaining about not getting the latest version of Windows is like
complaining about not getting the latest version of influenza.
Complaints will always discredit you. Rather than compassion and
consolation, they provoke passion and insolence, and encourage those who
hear our complaints to behave like those we complain about. Once
divulged to others, the offenses done to us seem to make others
pardonable. Some complain of past offenses and give rise to future ones.
Everyone complains of his memory, but nobody of his judgment.
-Francois de la Rochefoucauld
For 50,000 years, ever since mankind invented fire, the wheel and
recently the microprocessor, he has been striving endlessly to make
himself 100 percent redundant. Now, when at least some of us are
teetering on the verge of success, why all the trivial complaints about
the high level of unemployment?
-Reginald James Edwards
For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship's captain
complaining about the sea.
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.
I look upon life as a gift from God. I did nothing to earn it. Now that
the time is coming to give it back, I have no right to complain.
I once complained to my father that I didn't seem to be able to do
things the same way other people did. Dad's advice? "Margo, don't be a
sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep."
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change
your attitude. Don't complain.
If you turn the other cheek, you will get a harder blow on it than you
got on the first one. This does not always happen, but it is to be
expected, and you ought not to complain if it does happen.
Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual
way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks
Instead of complaining because you don't get what you want, be thankful
you don't get what you deserve. (Finnish Proverb)
Ironically, those people that complain of boredom tend to be incredibly
-Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It is a general error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public
to be the most anxious for its welfare.
It is just as foolish to complain that people are selfish and
treacherous as it is to complain that the magnetic field does not
increase unless the electric field has a curl. Both are laws of nature.
-John von Neumann
It's my belief we developed language because of our deep inner need to
Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect.
Life is a fatal complaint, and an eminently contagious one.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Never complain and never explain.
One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who
produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who
People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my
complaint about them not understanding me.
The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one
who dropped it.
The measure of woman's distaste for any part of her life lies not in the
loudness of her lamentations (these are only an attempt to buy a
martyr's crown at a reduced price) but in her persistent pursuit of that
occupation of which she never ceases to complain.
The only people with a right to complain about what I do for a living
[fur trapper] are vegetarian nudists.
The ordinary politician has a very low estimate of human nature. In his
daily life he comes into contact chiefly with persons who want to get
something or to avoid something. Beyond this circle of seekers after
privileges, individuals and organized minorities, he is aware of a large
unorganized, indifferent mass of citizens who ask nothing in particular
and rarely complain. The politician comes after a while to think that
the art of politics is to satisfy the seekers after favors and to
mollify the inchoate mass with noble sentiments and patriotic phrases.
The people who live in a Golden Age usually go around complaining how
yellow everything looks.
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to
change. The leader adjusts the sails.
There are twenty-seven specific complaints against the British Crown set
forth in the Declaration of Independence. To modern ears they still
sound reasonable...in large part, because so many of them can be leveled
against the federal government of the United States.
Those who do not complain are never pitied.
Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of
-Jean de la Bruyere
We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while to the
others we boast.
-Logan Pearsall Smith
We pretend so that we might be loved, then complain that we are not
loved for who we are.
When politicians complain that TV turns proceedings into a circus, it
should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has
merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained.
-Edward R. Murrow
When teenagers complain that they want to be treated like human beings,
it's usually because they are being treated like human beings. (From the
Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we've
been bombing over the years been complaining?
Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the
only time of the month I can be myself.
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