65 Status Quo Quotes On Success In Life

These status quo quotes will inspire you. Status quo, the way things are now He’s content with the status quo and isn’t looking for a change.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging status quo quotes, status quo sayings, and status quo proverbs.

Best Status Quo Quotes

  1. “One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant, and to face the challenge of change.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  2. “In spite of warnings, change rarely occurs until the status quo becomes more painful than change. People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “For any student of history, change is the law of life. Any attempt to contain it guarantees an explosion down the road; the more rigid the adherence to the status quo, the more violent the ultimate outcome will be.” ~ Henry A. Kissinger
  4. “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently – they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs
  5. “People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo.” ~ Max Eastman

  6. “We have Christians against Muslims against Jews, and no matter how liberal your theology, merely identifying yourself as a Christian or a Jew lends tacit validity to this status quo. People have morally identified with a subset of humanity rather than with humanity as a whole.” ~ Sam Harris
  7. “I would say any behavior that is not the status quo is interpreted as insanity, when, in fact, it might actually be enlightenment. Insanity is sorta in the eye of the beholder.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk
  8. “Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.” ~ Ronald Reagan
  9. “I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion — against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.” ~ Johnny Cash
  10. “It will always be a battle a day between those who want maximum change and those who want to maintain the status quo.” ~ Gerry Adams

  11. “Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.” ~ Laurence J. Peter
  12. “It’s uncomfortable to challenge the status quo.” ~ Seth Godin , Challenge the status quo quotes
  13. “The job isn’t to catch up to the status quo; the job is to invent the status quo.” ~ Seth Godin
  14. “the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs
  15. “The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.” ~ Warren G. Bennis

  16. “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.” ~ Gloria Steinem
  17. “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.” ~ Walter Isaacson
  18. “The status quo sucks.” ~ George Carlin
  19. “If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger.” ~ Hubert H. Humphrey
  20. “I look at every business and ask, How long can this last? How can I identify the status quo and change it?” ~ Sheldon Adelson

  21. “One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  22. “Philanthropy is involved with basic innovations that transform society, not simply maintaining the status quo or filling basic social needs that were formerly the province of the public sector.” ~ David Rockefeller
  23. “Status Quo is Latin for the mess we are in.” ~ Jack Graham
  24. “I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.” ~ Niccolo Machiavelli , Preserving status quo quotes
  25. “Faith in God’s revelation has nothing to do with an ideology which glorifies the status quo.” ~ Karl Barth

  26. “We emphasize that we believe in change because we were born of it, we have lived by it, we prospered and grew great by it. So the status quo has never been our god, and we ask no one else to bow down before it.” ~ Carl T. Rowan
  27. “The status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed.” ~ Clark Kerr
  28. “Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant, and to face the challenge of change.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  29. “I’ve always been politically minded, you know, and against the status quo.” ~ John Lennon
  30. “Most of the press is in league with government, or with the status quo.” ~ Harold Pinter

  31. “Truth is harder to bear than ignorance, and so ignorance is valued more–also because the status quo depends on it; but love depends on self-knowledge and self-knowledge depends on being able to bear the truth.” ~ Andrea Dworkin
  32. “People who think in absolutes usually don’t listen to anyone but themselves. They resist new ideas and try to preserve the status quo.” ~ Jennifer James
  33. “Too much of our lives corresponds to the ‘lost-wallet’ theory of life. You lose something, spend a long time finding it, and then feel grateful to be back where you started.” ~ Gloria Steinem
  34. “No, one couldn’t make a revolution, one couldn’t even start a riot, with sheep that asked only for better browsing.” ~ Ellen Glasgow
  35. “It’s better to ask the right questions than accept the status quo” ~ Phil Harding

  36. “Constancy, far from being a virtue, seems often to be the besetting sin of the human race, daughter of laziness and self-sufficiency, sister of sleep, the cause of most wars and practically all persecutions.” ~ Freya Stark
  37. “Myth, legend, and ritual … function to maintain a status quo. That makes them singularly bad in coping with change, indeed counterproductive, for change is the enemy of myth.” ~ Elizabeth Janeway
  38. “If you’re a status quo writer, you’re considered to not be political but that’s as political as if you’re a progressive writer. Some politics are asked to show their passports and others aren’t. In the Dominican Republique, if you’re slightly progressive, people have a lot of suspicions that you’re up to some sort of conspiracy, that this is some sort of plot. On the other hand, if you’re conservative and mainstream, people tend to take that as a given and don’t notice the politics.” ~ Junot Diaz
  39. “Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  40. “It requires a certain kind of bravery, I suppose, to choose the status quo. There’s a certain boldness to inaction.” ~ Karen Thompson Walker

  41. “In fact, people themselves are responsible for making the status quo so resistant to change. We are trapped by our own behavior.” ~ Chris Argyris
  42. “All sudden and violent changes, whatever their causes or character, must tend to decrease the respect for status quo as a natural order of things.” ~ Gunnar Myrdal
  43. “Like all dominant groups, men seek to promote an image of their subordinate’s nature that contributes to the preservation of the status quo. For thousands of years, males have seen women not as women could be, but only as males want them to be.” ~ Marvin Harris
  44. “Citizens, as conceived by governments, are persons who admire the status quo and are prepared to exert themselves for its preservation. Oddly enough, while all governments aim at producing men of this type to the exclusion of all other types, their heroes in the past are of exactly the sort that they aim at preventing in the present. Americans admire George Washington and Jefferson, but imprison those who share their political opinions.” ~ Bertrand Russell
  45. “One day everything will be well, that is our hope. Everything’s fine today, that is our illusion.” ~ Voltaire

  46. “Our politicians may fail us, but Status Quo always delivers on the promise.” ~ Ian Anderson
  47. “America has an immense amount of power, but it doesn’t use it in any benevolent way. It uses it to maintain a status quo.” ~ Hamza Yusuf
  48. “A leader who loves status quo soon becomes a follower.” ~ John C. Maxwell
  49. “The concept of progress must be grounded in the idea of catastrophe. That things are ‘status quo’ is the catastrophe” ~ Walter Benjamin
  50. “Once the new power has taken over they have to establish a new status quo just to keep the factories and trains running.” ~ John Lennon

  51. “Explore the situation. Statements are expendable. Don’t keep on looking in the rearview mirror and defending the status quo which is outmoded the moment it happened.” ~ Marshall McLuhan
  52. “‘Hispanic’ is English for a person of Latino origin who wants to be accepted by the white status quo. ‘Latino’ is the word we have always used for ourselves.” ~ Sandra Cisneros
  53. “Like the early Christians, we must move into a sometimes hostile world armed with the revolutionary gospel of Jesus Christ. With this powerful gospel, we shall boldly challenge the status quo.” ~ Martin Luther
  54. “The contemporary church is so often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is so often the arch supporter of the status quo.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  55. “In spite of warnings, nothing much happens until the status quo becomes more painful than change.” ~ Laurence J. Peter

  56. “Unfortunately, the world has taken some of the greatest minds God has given us and locked them up in cages. Most very brilliant or creative people seem strange to ordinary people. Geniuses are almost always outcasts. The intelligent are bullied on the playground. They see the world differently and are shunned for it. They nearly all turn out to be lonely at the least, locked up at the worst. It’s human nature to encourage the status quo and shun those who see life differently.” ~ Ted Dekker
  57. “We do not need to teach students to embrace the status quo.” ~ Seth Godin
  58. “There’s one thing worse than change and that’s the status quo.” ~ John le Carre
  59. “The State is a collection of officials, different for difference purposes, drawing comfortable incomes so long as the status quo is preserved. The only alteration they are likely to desire in the status quo is an increase of bureaucracy and the power of bureaucrats.” ~ Bertrand Russell
  60. “In the town of Bethlehem many years ago, a man got religion and he changed the status quo.” ~ Phil Ochs

  61. “I’m running for president because I’ve had enough of the oil barons, the status-quo apologists, the special-interest lobbyists running amok.” ~ Dick Gephardt
  62. “If you’re looking at distributing alternative energy in Nigeria, for instance, what gets in your way is not people’s ability to pay, not people’s desire for a clean solar lamps or biomass opportunities. But there is a strong status quo that really depends on selling diesel.” ~ Jacqueline Novogratz
  63. “Most ideas never happen. It’s an uphill battle against the status quo and our own tendencies.” ~ Scott Belsky

  64. “We have to create the ability to police our own communities instead of leaving it in the hands of a system that has never understood us, tried to marginalize and politically assassinate all of our leaders whenever they came to challenge the status quo.” ~ Immortal Technique
  65. “We were coming out of the black community with this thing called rap music, which was basically black men yelling at the top of their lungs about what we liked and what we didn’t like. It was disturbing to the status quo. It really shook things up. And those in power didn’t know what to make of us, but they knew that we had to be silenced, stopped in any way from expressing our outrage.” ~ Chuck D

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