A Penitent Post

The next time I post anything akin to yesterday’s despairing drivel, you have full permission to deliver my well-deserved slap. As penance for my pettiness, I’ve collected a variety of inspirational/illuminating quotations about the vice of whining.
These are for me, not you.
 
“He never complained. He seemed to have no instinct for the making much of oneself that complaining requires.”
― Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow
“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.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

“When any fit of gloominess, or perversion of mind, lays hold upon you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaints.” 
— Samuel Johnson
“Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, cultivate the gift of taciturnity, and consume your own smoke with an extra draft of hard work, so that those about you may not be annoyed with the dust and soot of your complaints.”
—William Osler
 
“The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.” 
—Lord Jeffrey“Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.”

– Henry Ford
 
“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”
 – Shirley Hufstedler
“When a person finds themselves predisposed to complaining about how little they are regarded by others, let them reflect how little they have contributed to the happiness of others.”
– Samuel Johnson
“The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.”
– Samuel Johnson
 
Ouch.  Dr. Johnson has such an honest, scathing way with words.
 
Please accept my apologies. Let us go, and whine no more.
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One response to “A Penitent Post

  1. I didn’t think it was that bad. Everyone needs some days to just be honest and say “I am overloaded.” Now, if your blog turned into a constant whinefest, that might be alienating. 😉 I’ve got a lot of sympathy for you and feel the same way sometimes! I just didn’t know what to say that might help.

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