1. "Give up your thirst for books so that you do not die a grouch."
- Quote by Marcus Aurelius
3. "Who was that lad they used to try to make me read at Oxford? Ship- Shop- Schopenhauer. That's the name. A grouch of the most pronounced description."
- Quote by P.G. Wodehouse
4. "(Sheesh, thought Amy, my dear fiancé sure is a grouch-monster when he doesn’t get his way … That is an actual quote. The whole book made me want to punch Amy right in her stupid, spotless vagina.)"
- Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
5. "Charles sat in lone splendor on a huge couch in the middle of Angus's spacious living room--while the other ten or twelve people present made themselves at home on the other side of the room. Anna surveyed the scene. "Okay," she said. "Who's been being a grouch?"
- Patricia Briggs, Hunting Ground
6. "There’s a reason I always look nice when I go to work. I kept a scowl on my face while she hustled me upstairs. Because you’ll get fired if you look like a slob? Because, my little grouch, it makes me feel better on the inside if I like how I look on the outside."
- Stephie Davis, The Boyfriend Game
7. "I guess I´m too used to sitting in a small room and making words do a few things. I see enough of humanity at the racetracks, the supermarkets, gas stations, freeways, cafes, etc. This can´t be helped. But I feel like kicking myself in the ass when I go to gatherings, even if the drinks are free. It never works for me. I´ve got enough clay to play with. People empty me. I have to get away to refill. I´m what´s best for me, sitting here slouched, smoking a beedie and watching this creen flash the words. Seldom do you meet a rare or interesting person. It´s more than galling, it´s a fucking constant shock. It´s making a god-damned grouch out of me. Anybody can be a god-damned grouch and most are. Help!"
- Charles Bukowski, The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship
8. "Later that evening Brother and Sister were at home looking over all the treats they had collected. The beautiful candy apples stood out, and Papa asked where they came from. From Miz McGrizz, answered Brother. From that scary-looking old grouch-puss that lives down Crooked Lane? said Papa. That’s right, said Brother, taking a delicious bite of his candy apple. You must really try to remember, Papa, said Sister, giving her apple a little lick, appearances can be quite deceiving."
- Stan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
9. "Julius, who had a sour, bitter nature, became Groucho. (He was also the quartet’s treasurer, storing their wages in what vaudeville actors called a grouch bag.) Adolph, who played the harp, naturally became Harpo. Leonard the pathological womanizer Fisher dubbed Chico, pronounced Chick-o. Milton, so the story goes, became Gummo because, as a hypochondriac, he put on waterproof sneakers, known as gumshoes, at the first sign of rain. Their"
- Lee Siegel, Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence
10. "Normally he was fond of most things. He was a good-natured and cheerful young man, who liked life and the great majority of those who lived it contemporaneously with himself. He had no enemies and many friends. But today he had noticed from the moment he had got out of bed that something was amiss with the world. Either he was in the grip of some divine discontent due to the highly developed condition of his soul, or else he had a grouch. One of the two."
- P.G. Wodehouse, A Damsel in Distress