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Complaint Department

Published Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 1:31 AM EST
Nov 27 2013

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.
-Benjamin Franklin

Complaining about not getting the latest version of Windows is like complaining about not getting the latest version of influenza.
-James Nicoll

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.
-Baltasar Gracián

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.
-Enoch Powell

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

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.
-Joyce Carey

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."
-Margo Kaufman

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

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.
-George Orwell

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 of complaining.
-Jeff Raskin

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 boring people.
-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.
-Edmund Burke

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 complain.
-Jane Wagner

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

Life is a fatal complaint, and an eminently contagious one.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Never complain and never explain.
-Benjamin Disraeli

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 complain.
-Thomas Sowell

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.
-Søren Kierkegaard

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

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.
-Quentin Crisp

The only people with a right to complain about what I do for a living [fur trapper] are vegetarian nudists.
-Ken Bates

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.
-Walter Lippmann

The people who live in a Golden Age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.
-Randall Jarrell

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.
-James Maxwell

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.
-P.J. O'Rourke

Those who do not complain are never pitied.
-Jane Austen

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.
-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.
-Robert Brault

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 film Heathers)
-Daniel Waters

Why does the Air Force need expensive new bombers? Have the people we've been bombing over the years been complaining?
-George Wallace

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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