Complaining and Whining

To complain is to give expression to sorrow or suffering, to bewail, moan, lament, deplore, the expression of grievance and blame, the expression of feeling of being ill used, dissatisfaction or discontent, to murmur, grumble.Oxford English Dictionary
  To whine is to utter complaints in a querulous tone, to complain in a feeble, mean, or undignified way.Oxford English Dictionary

“Anyone who looks up to God and doesn’t whine or complain is material for a miracle.”–Edna Lister

  Whining and complaining are purely little self ploys for attention, and a thin cover for escapist tendencies. Complaining is a misuse of the spoken Word and indicates a strong soul taint.

Edna Lister on Complaining and Whining

Success consists in standing alone, never whining, crying or asking favors, but pushing onward and upward, loving and praising God.–Edna Lister, Sermon on the Mount, February 1, 1933.

Do not fret or complain lest you destroy your gains from trials, tests, tribulations and temptations.–Edna Lister, August 15, 1938.

How often has God had to listen to your complaints of The way is so hard. I am so weary.–Edna Lister, December 28, 1938.

People fail to hold to their plans and goals, experience great delay, then complain about God.–Edna Lister, February 7, 1939.

You cool off by listening to another’s crabbing, whining, selfish complaints.–Edna Lister, January 26, 1942.

The disgruntled gather, discuss and blame everything and everyone, but never do anything about the subjects of their complaints. They never blame themselves, or admit that they could be responsible for any of the situations about which they complain.–Edna Lister, Life in a Nutshell, 1942.

Complaints about business, mentally whining, and taking offense on earth cause you to err in the high place.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1944.

Whining and complaints destroy your ascension credits.–Edna Lister, December 15, 1944.

They crucified Jesus, but he never complained. Do not whine, complain or feel noble when the world crucifies you.–Edna Lister, December 5, 1948.

It is lawless to whine, complain, or blame.–Edna Lister, November 20, 1949.

If you whine even once, you throw yourself under the roller.–Edna Lister, March 27, 1950.

Stop whining poor little me. Thousands of men and women in the business world have quit at the brink of success because some detractor spoke a harsh word that demoralized them.–Edna Lister, Prove Me Now, October 28, 1951.

Subconscious mind can become an obedient servant to law, without whining or crying.–Edna Lister, The Bread of Life, August 7, 1955.

The lily bulb doesn’t complain because its place is dark, but expands until it grows a flower that expresses its lily soul in the Light.–Edna Lister, God Got There First, May 20, 1956.

Whining lets your lines of Light sag.–Edna Lister, February 28, 1957.

Every time you whine, weep, criticize, or let any darkness, doubt or fear touch you, you cut off your supply of the good in life.–Edna Lister, September 9, 1957.

Every time you whine, you ask someone to pay your debts. You may not ask to be spared the cup. Jesus went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.–Matthew 26:39.–Edna Lister, September 9, 1957.

When you dramatize another’s emotional troubles or complaints, even for lifting, you hold him down with subconscious condemnation.–Edna Lister, November 21, 1957.

A whine in the voice is born of fear.–Edna Lister, January 9, 1958.

If you find yourself being refused or criticized, a fear or a guilt complex may cause you to whine. This is a beggar’s voice. People loathe a whine.–Edna Lister, January 9, 1958.

Whining sentimentality gets its teeth kicked in.–Edna Lister, Doing Without Thought of Reward, November 9, 1958.

A whining voice or vagueness is an apology to God for guilt.–Edna Lister, June 22, 1959.

You can easily detect self as, He is doing this to me, resentment or a complaint against another.–Edna Lister, October 8, 1959.

Jesus didn’t whine when the world gave him the cross.–Edna Lister, Your Full Birthright, December 6, 1959.

If you gripe, trials will beset you.–Edna Lister, Tomorrow Is Yours, December 13, 1959.

Don’t whine about your place. Ascend in consciousness to where it’s more beautiful.–Edna Lister, March 30, 1960.

True love does not complain about hot, cold or any of the extremes. A complaint is a complaint.–Edna Lister, May 20, 1962.

Do not use whining comments and complaints as conversation pieces.–Edna Lister, March 24, 1963.

When you complain that poor ones come to you, you charge a debt to God Himself.–Edna Lister, November 8, 1963.

Any complaint is against God Himself, not man.–Edna Lister, March 24, 1965.

Your complaints and whining thin the delicate lines of Light to your Oversoul.–Edna Lister, March 24, 1965.

You would never permissively sanction evil, yet your complaining, criticizing, worry and negativity cause divisiveness and strife.–Edna Lister, Choice, Your Glorious Foundation, October 16, 1966.

You can always slip down to the fate line and pout about it in your sulking place, the complaint department about God’s management.–Edna Lister, How to Collect Your Divine Inheritance, November 6, 1966.

Anyone who looks up to God and doesn’t whine or complain is material for a miracle.–Edna Lister, January 5, 1967.

You can cause even greater delays by complaining and blaming.–Edna Lister, January 15, 1967.

God cannot cut the crust of your whining to get inside your mind until your first teacher plows the ground.–Edna Lister, The Holy Ghost on this Day of Pentecost, June 2, 1968.

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New Testament on Complaining and Whining

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.–Philippians 2:14-15

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.–Colossians 3:12-14

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Old Testament on Complaining and Whining

When the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.–Numbers 11:1

I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication. I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path.–Psalm 142:1-3

Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.–Lamentations 3:39-41

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic,
Christian Platonist philosopher, American Idealist, Founder, Society of the Universal Living Christ, minister, teacher, author, wife, and mother.

Edna Lister

Etymology of complain: Latin com- with + plangere, to lament.

Etymology of whine: Middle English whinen, from Old English hwinan, to make a whizzing sound.

Complaining and whining are soul taints.


Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2024.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Oxford English Dictionary: Compact Ed., 2 vols. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.