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Complain

Vincent de Paul

Let us beware of complaints, resentments and evil-speaking against those who are ill-disposed to us, discontented with us, or hostile to our plans and arrangements, or who even persecute us with injuries, insults, and calumnies. Rather let us go on treating them as cordially as at first or more so, as far as possible showing them esteem, always speaking well of them, doing good, serving them on occasions, even to the point of taking shame and disgrace upon ourselves, if necessary to save their honor.  All this ought to be done, first, to overcome evil with good…

Charles Dickens

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

Ziggy

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.

Henry David Thoreau

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names… The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is.

Tony Dungy

You can’t always control circumstances. However, you can always control your attitude, approach, and response. Your options are to complain or to look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better.

Benjamin Franklin

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.

John Paul II

Do not forget that true love sets no conditions; it does not calculate or complain but simply loves.

Macarius of Optina

Watch out for complaining. It only makes situations worse and increases sorrow.

Randy Pausch

If you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out… Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.

Francis De Sales

The truly patient man neither complains of his hard lot nor desires to be pitied by others. He speaks of his sufferings in a natural, true, and sincere way, without murmuring, complaining, or exaggerating them.

Dale Carnegie

The chronic kicker, even the most violent critic, will frequently soften and be subdued in the presence of a patient, sympathetic listener— a listener who will be silent while the irate fault-finder dilates like a king cobra and spews the poison out of his system.

 

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