Some people seem to be natural-born whiners. They have to complain about everything they come across. Often times, their complaints come across as entitled and minor in the grand scheme of things. Most of us simply don’t want to listen to it all day, and we need a way to stop them from complaining even more. Here are 15 quotes to drop on whiners to stop them in their tracks.

15 Quotes to Stop Whiners from Complaining

1. “Pressure will squeeze whining out of losers and winning out of achievers.” ~ Orrin Woodward

Everyone comes across pressure in life, whether it be work, family, or personal pressure. It’s how we handle this pressure that makes us who we are. This quote makes it clear exactly how you feel about whiners. Complaining is what losers do. Plain and simple. Instead of complaining, the complainer should go win at something. They can do this with hard work and reasonable expectations. If they aren’t willing to put in the time and work, they don’t have the right to whine.

2. “Most people mostly use freedom of speech as freedom to bitch.” ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana

We live in a country that allows us to say whatever we want without fear (within reason, of course). Throughout history and even today, some people were not blessed enough to have this right. These people had to live in fear of persecution if they said something that the powers that be did not like. What do we do with this wonderful right today? Most of us, sadly, use it to complain. It’s an insult to the people who fought for this freedom. We should use freedom of speech to enhance the world and make it more positive.

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3. “One should not confuse creativity with whining.” ~ Silvia Hartmann

Artists choose a number of different topics to cover in their work. Someone may paint a rainbow or a homeless person. Another person might create a song about how bad their life is. Another person may write an article about how terrible the government is. It’s important to clarify the difference between whining and creativity. Take a close look into the art you enjoy to avoid being caught into the trap. It should also be said that whining and art can mix. You may come across a talented artist who happens to like to complain. This doesn’t make them any less of an artist, but it might make them a little less emotionally mature.

4. “American voters have to pay closer attention to politics if they want to avoid four years of whining about the outcome.” ~ Jack Germond

One of the most common things people complain about is the government. Unfortunately, many people don’t vote or pay attention to what is going on. This quote reminds whiners that they have no right to complain if they aren’t taking an active role in the very things they are complaining about. Rather than just voting blindly, voters have a responsibility to research their candidates and learn about who best represents them. Too often, people vote blindly and act surprised when things don’t work out the way they wanted.

5. “Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.” ~ Teddy Roosevelt

It’s very easy to complain about things. However, it’s much more difficult to come up with a solution to the problem. You shouldn’t bother speaking up about something unless you can propose a better alternative. Take your proposition to the proper authorities. If you follow the proper procedures and have a good idea, you may turn your complaining into progress.

6. “If you cannot be positive then at least be quiet.” ~ Joel Osteen

Too many people think they have to comment on everything in front of them. Sometimes these comments are not helpful. In many cases, it is much more advantageous to just stay quiet if we cannot contribute to a conversation. If you do comment, you should remain brief and positive instead of complaining.

7. “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.” ~ Dale Carnegie

You may have complaints. Well, so does just about everyone else. That only keeps you in line with the lowest common denominator. Elevate yourself to be better than the average fool who spouts out at the mouth.

8. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” ~ Maya Angelou

When people encounter something they don’t like, most people complain. Instead of complaining, you should try to change the thing you can’t like. This isn’t always entirely possible. You can’t change your height, for example. However, you can change how you feel about the thing you don’t like. Look for a new way to think about it so that you can be as happy as possible. If you can’t change something, you should at least learn how to live with it in a positive way.

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9. “Those who do not complain are never pitied.” ~ Jane Austen

It’s not fun to be pitied. People look at you differently and treat you differently. All most of us want is to be treated with respect as an equal. If you don’t want to be pitied by those around you, you shouldn’t announce all of the bad circumstances following you.

10. “Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don’t go well.” ~ Jim Rohn

Complaining is rather juvenile. Children complain when they aren’t allowed to stay up late to watch a movie. Adults have control of their own lives. As you get older, you should become more mature. Don’t complain. As an adult, everything you face is a direct choice of your own decisions.

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11. “Don’t complain. The Israelites wasted forty years murmuring and complain in the wilderness when they could have just obeyed God and entered into the Promised Land.” ~ Joyce Meyer

Complaining is a distraction. It can distract you from getting where you want to go in life. Instead of arriving at your goal, you may find yourself wandering around in your land of whining just like the Israelites. Hopefully, it won’t take you forty years to come to your senses. When you finally stop complaining, you should find your way again. You may even find your way to paradise.

12. “Don’t complain about it. Pray about it. Thank GOD for what you have and let it go. Give it to GOD.” ~ Joanna C Smith

There is a higher power that controls everything on this earth. Whether we understand it or not, there is a plan and a reason for absolutely everything that happens. It’s best to not complain. This is God’s plan after all. Who are we to complain about the world that God has given us? We have to trust in him and see everything, even struggles that come our way, as part of the blessings of life.

13. “There are always things to complain about. Things could always be better but things could always be worse.” ~ Marla Gibbs

Everyone has things in life to whine about. The secret is not to let it get to you. Instead of looking at all of the bad things in your life, you should look at the things that could be worse. Are you relatively healthy? Do you have friends or family? Do you have a roof over your head? Food? A cell phone? Count your blessings, and it will help you stop complaining.

14. “Discontent, blaming, complaining, and self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

No matter what we are experiencing today or what we experienced in the past, we have to focus on the future. If whiners take the anger and negativity they carry with them every day into the future, it will weigh them down. They may not be able to make the most out of their potential. Don’t let complaining weigh you down. Let it go when walking into your future. You want to walk into the next days of your life with a positive attitude.

15. “I hate whining.” ~ Hilary Clinton

Hilary Clinton said it best. Plain and simple. Everyone hates whining and whiners. Just stop. Nobody wants to hear it. If you come across somebody who can’t seem to stop complaining, just keep it simple with this quote. They’ll get the point.

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Final Thoughts on Stopping Whiners

It’s frustrating when you find yourself surrounded by whiners. If you want to get it to stop, you need to step up and say something. However, that doesn’t mean that they will listen right away. Continue to use these quotes to help stop people from annoying you and possibly hurting their own future prospects. Many whiners can’t take comebacks well, so be careful about how you will be received. If that still doesn’t work, you can always stop hanging around those negative people. Surround yourself with people who are grateful.