Wednesday, 20 November 2013


There's  always been a cat n mouse between complaining and appreciating.Complaining is a big pass-time for lots of "intellectual" people.And appreciating is another alternative which is only for the pollyanna variety.Or so they say.I've found a couple of telling quotes for both.Go ahead and have a look.


1.People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.

Stephen Hawking

2.The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.
―Lord Jeffrey

3.Complaining not only ruins everybody else's day, it ruins the complainer's day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get.
―Dennis Prager

 4.Complaining is dangerous business. It can damage or even destroy your relationship with God, your relationships with other people, and even with your relationship with yourself.
―Joyce Meyer

5. “Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to taking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young.”
― Sigmund Freud

6.“Matthew Arnold was a fastidious social critic and hence an accomplished complainer. When he died, an acquaintance said: "Poor Matt, he's going to Heaven, no doubt – but he won't like God.”
― George Will, One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation

7.“Complaining opens the door to conflict and thankfulness slams it shut!”
― Evinda Lepins, Back to Single

 8.“Stop complaining and do something... Shut up! Rise up! Grow up! And show up! See you at the top!”
― Israelmore Ayivor

9.“I have always found that actively loving saves one from a morbid preoccupation with the shortcomings of society.”
― Alan Paton

10.“It's so easy to become a grumbler, someone who condemns and carps at everything on principle and sees an ulterior motive behind it.”
― Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.


1.“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

2.“We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.”
― G.K. Chesterton

3.“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditation

4.“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
― Voltaire

5.“Forget yesterday - it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow - you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift - today.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

6.“There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them.”
― Jo Walton

7.“You never fully appreciate what you had until you don’t have it anymore”
― Glenn Beck

8. “The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
― Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

9.“Appreciation can make a day - even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
―Margaret Cousins”

10.“You can’t just write and write and put things in a drawer. They wither without the warm sun of someone else’s appreciation.”

― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Over to you, since you have something valuable to add here too....


Hiten said...

Hi Mona,

This is an excellent set of quotes. Many thanks for compiling them!

Indeed, complaining really does have a bad energy associated with it. When we complain, we give off bad energy, which spreads and generally creates bad atmospheres.

Appreciation on the hand has a warm energy associated with. When we appreciate what we have and appreciate each other, rather than complain, we create healthier environments.

Thank you.

Mary Stephenson said...

Hi Mona

Really great quotes and good reminder to never complain. Besides so many things we could complain about there is nothing we can do about it. It is rarely but annoying to us and doesn't affect our lives in any significant way.

Nice to be remind to appreciate all the blessings we have and so much better off than many others.


Mona n said...

Hi Hiten
you've hit the bull's eye with your point about craeting healthy environments through appreciation.And yes appreciation does have "warm" energy.
Thanks for the insight

Mona n said...

Hi Mary,
Thanks for your addition about the reminder for our blessings.You're pretty right about that .We all need a reminder now and then.
In fact we all have a knack of appreciating things and people around us.But we reman hesitant ,if not unwilling,to practice it.
Thanks for your contribution

Jeffrey Willius said...

I'll take appreciation any time. Whether one appreciates or complains, it self-perpetuates. We see what we expect to see.
BTW I love the Chesterton quote!

Kathy @ SMART Living said...

Hi Mona...I followed you back from your comment on my site and you KNOW I had to comment here. I think it is clear from these quotes that GRATITUDE is the clear winner :-) Although the quote from Lord Jeffry was a little harsh, it made it very clear that complainers have little souls and inferior intellects! Ha! I wouldn't have put it quite so bluntly but it does help to keep it in perspective. Thanks for these reminders! ~Kathy

Vishnu said...

HI Mona, the more we are appreciative, the better perspective we have of the world around us. We see things more positively and somehow, we come across more positive experiences. If we can learn to be more mindful of our judging and complaining tendencies, we can really change our lives.

For me, I've tried to be more mindful and acknowledge the many things I'm grateful for. More gratitude brings even more things I can be grateful for - the appreciation cycle keeps on circulating.

Mona n said...

Hi Jeffrey,
Thanks for commenting.And your choice for GK chesterton's quote says a lot about what we all need to do a lot..wonder.
BTW appreciation is self prpetuating.

Mona n said...

Hi Kathy,
You're welcome to Richmiraclefiles.
I must confess that the very idea of writing this post was to make it a reminder for myself to appreciate things and people around me.Great quotes are a very subtle way of saying a lot with a little.
Yeah,about Lord Jeffrey's is a bit harsh i admit.And as you said it is doing the balancing act well here.
Thanks for your time

Mona n said...

Hi Vishnu
Good to hear from you again.
As always you bring a lot of depth to the discussion,based on your personal exdperience.
I agree,appreciation does increase the momentum and the tempo of good things circulating.