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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #39 --- Growling & Howling

Updated on November 10, 2015

Quotations on Growling & Howling

The growlers in this world are generally the ones who have given the world occasion to make them rail against it. We get back in the same measure that we give, and if we are determined to close our eyes to the beauties of this life, then, of course, it will seem dark and burdensome. If we are moody and cross, everything about us will appear to be at sixes and sevens, and we will look at the sunlight shadowed by our own actions and thoughts.

---Theophile Meerschaert, The Indian Advocate, Sacred Heart, Okla., May 1902.

Many a man could be described as being a “howling success in everybody else’s business.”


---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Nov. 29, 1933.

The only language some men speak are grunts and growls.


---Eugene Alexander “Gene” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Oct. 25, 1923.

The fellow that growls is a misfit. He needs adjustment to surroundings.

---J. Marvin Nichols, The Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore, Okla., June 9, 1907.

Some men begin life as a howling success and wind up as a silent failure.

---Avery Powell, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., March 1, 1938.

It doesn’t take any ability at all to be a growler.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Duluth Evening Herald, Duluth, Minn., Sept. 6, 1892.

Growlers do not grow in grace.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Fulton County News, McConnelsburg, Pa., Feb. 8, 1905.

There are men who would growl that the wind was in the wrong direction if it was raining money.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Lafayette Advertiser, Lafayette, La., Sept. 27, 1890.

Many a man who complains that he lives a dog’s life at home does so by his own actions—he growls about everything.

---John Merrill Chilcote, St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph, Mo., May 20, 1944.

It’s no sort of excuse, yet the fellow who is leading a dog’s life most often rushes the growler.

---J. Marvin Nichols, Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Amsterdam, N.Y., Sept. 15, 1931.

Usually when you think you are doing a lot for people you find they are growling because you are not doing more.

---John L. Brown, Aurora Daily Star, Aurora, Ill., March 10, 1922.

Yelling at the children doesn’t make the home a howling success.

—Beverly Gray, The Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 26, 1946.

Never growl about wrong conditions unless you have done your level best to right them.

---Howard N. Hildreth Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 15, 1921.

A man who howls at everything is usually treated like a dog.

---Tom Sims, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., June 19, 1922.

The growler is never tired of the business. Even thunder takes a vacation in the winter.

---Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 14, 1910.

When the bright side goes to blazing the fellows who were howling for it do the fastest running.

---Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., May 9, 1910.

The growlers of this world don't matter. The thunder is the biggest growler in the elements, but it never accomplishes anything.

‑‑‑Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 15, 1911.

The only time the chronic growler doesn't get in his work is when thunder takes a notion to outgrowl him.

---Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., June 12, 1912.

Don't growl at the hot weather in this world. It may get the hard-headed sinners in good shape for the hereafter.

---Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., June 22, 1912.

The growlers are necessary, but they waste lots of breath. Thunder will do all your grumbling for you if you'd only give it time.

---Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 2, 1912.

The man who lets trouble run over him is the worst growler of them all‑‑because he can't sue for damages.

‑‑‑Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 18, 1914.

Some folks seem to have entered the competition to beat Thunder growling on the road to Nowhere.

‑‑‑Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 30, 1915.

There would never be howling wilderness anywhere but for people who would rather howl than be happy.

-‑‑Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., April 6, 1916.

Leave growling to dogs; they do it better, no matter how hard you try.

---The Evening News, San Jose, Calif., June 30, 1921.

If you can't bite, don't growl.

---Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Aug. 17, 1965.

It’s not the windbag who is always a howling success.

---Meriden Record, Meriden, Conn., Feb. 9, 1929.

Entirely too many people try to be a howling success by just howling.

---Meriden Record, Meriden, Conn., Oct. 9, 1929.

Howling never put the human voice in tune to sing “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.”

---Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio, Aug. 3, 1922.

It’s harder to improve on nature, but growling is one thing some men can do better than a dog.

---Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio, March 16, 1922.

A lot of people do so much blowing and growling that you would think they are trying to earn their bread by the sweat of their jaw instead of by the sweat of their brow.

—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., May 14, 1920.

It is the man of bulldog tenacity who is last to growl.

—J.R. Hornady, Louisville Times, Louisville, Ky., March 14, 1903.

If howling were all it takes to make a howling success, lots of people would qualify.

—Jack Haney, Nashville Banner, Nashville, Tenn., April 9, 1924.

Lots of people spend more time in growling at the world than they do in rising up and trying to make a living out of it.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 4, 1906.

Why not let the skies do your weeping, and let the thunder do all your growling? They'd save you lots of trouble!

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 8, 1906.

The growler has his use in this world. He causes many to thank God they have nothing to growl about.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 22, 1906.

If you can't sing on the life-road, don't help the thunder to growl.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 6, 1908.

Don't help the Thunder to growl. It doesn't need you in its business.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 2, 1909.

If the rushing world should stop ten minutes to see the growlers unloading their griefs, it would be forever behind time on the starry track around the universe.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., March 7, 1910.

Lots of people spend more time in growling at the world than they do in rising up and trying to make a living out of it!

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 25, 1911.

If all the growlers had the making of the world we wouldn't have an inch of ground to stand on.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 3, 1912.

The man who lets trouble run over him is the worst growler of them all–because he can't sue for damages.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 18, 1914.

People who are always growling at the world lose sight of the fact that they are as much responsible for its condition as anybody else.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 1, 1916.

No use to spend the daytime growling at the world God made, and then ask God to tide you over the night so you can have another day to growl about.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 28, 1916.

Some folks go growling through life because their hearts can't hold all the joy that's their very own by right.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., May 17, 1916.

Bet most of us would be lonesome in Utopia, not having anything to growl about.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., Feb. 27, 1940.

Now and then you find a fellow who expects to become a howling success by doing nothing but howling.

American Fork Citizen, American Fork, Utah, Aug. 29, 1925.

Prosperity comes to those who do not spend their time looking for something to growl about.

Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio, Oct. 26, 1899.

Even if you think the country is going to the dogs, you can't save it by howling.

Carson City News, Carson City, Nev., April 18, 1924.

Man's mouthpiece is a howling success.

Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, Feb. 25, 1892.

The man who growls because he hasn't found his level has probably failed to do his level best.

Puck, New York, N.Y., Nov. 4, 1891.

Some folks make the most of an opportunity only when it is an opportunity to howl.

Utah Farmer, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 15, 1936.

Men who growl the loudest on a cold day always kick the hardest on a hot one.

—E.A. Brinninstool, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif., May 10, 1922.

If you want people to growl at you make a bone of your head.

—Tom Sims, Humboldt Star, Winnemucca, Nev., Oct. 5, 1925.

The man with the hoe is always of more use than the man with the growl.

Louisville Herald, Louisville, Ky., March 14, 1906.

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