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Quo Quotes


"The status quo sucks." - George Carlin

"The status quo is working." - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"The status quo cannot work." - Kofi Annan

"In love there is no status quo." - Natalie Clifford Barney

"It's uncomfortable to challenge the status quo." - Seth Godin

"Public school system status quo is indefensible." - Barack Obama

"I love challenging the status quo." - Sara Ramirez

"The status quo is simply unacceptable." - Brad Henry

"If you can't change the status quo, make the status quo, change." - Royce White

"Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status." - Laurence J Peter

"Managers maintain an efficient status quo while leaders attack the status quo to create something new." - Orrin Woodward

"Challenge your own status quo - before someone else does." - Ron Kaufman

"Women challenge the status quo because we are never it." - Cindy Gallop

"A leader who loves status quo soon becomes a follower." - John C Maxwell

"Status Quo is Latin for the mess we are in." - Jack Graham

"The status quo is never news, only challenges to it." - Malorie Blackman

"We can walk together to change the status quo." - Ken Wyatt

"The status quo is leaving the building, and quickly." - Seth Godin

"A goal is a planned conflict with the status quo." - Hyrum W. Smith

"Trump represents the ultimate anti-status-quo suckerpunch." - Ted Nugent

"Science is not about status quo. It's about revolution." - Leon M. Lederman

"The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it." - Warren Bennis

"I'm a harsh critic of the status quo." - Andrew Cuomo

"We preserve the status quo, preserve existing systems." - Julie Bishop

"The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it." - Warren G. Bennis

"Acting for me is not that quid pro quo." - Tom Wilkinson

"The Democratic Party is the party of the status quo." - Jack Kemp

"The job isn't to catch up to the status quo; the job is to invent the status quo." - Seth Godin

"Fantasy is not the literature of subversion of the status quo but of 'awakening to' the status quo." - Vera Nazarian

"Our feeling is that the status quo often gets a boost and this is the new status quo." - Nigel Farage

"When you get to No 10, you've climbed there on a little ladder called 'the status quo'. And when you are there, the status quo looks very good" - Tony Benn

"Organizations that destroy the status quo win. Whatever the status quo is, changing it gives you the opportunity to be remarkable." - Seth Godin

"The notion that I should be fine with the status quo even if I am not wholly affected by the status quo is repulsive." - Roxane Gay

"If you allow your perceptions to be dominated by a status-quo perspective these thought forms create a network of status-quo mental habit patterns." - Marianne Williamson

"Major political parties have a role, but they are incapable of initiating fundamental change because they are fundamentally tied to the status quo. They are the status quo." - Marianne Williamson

"I've always been politically minded, you know, and against the status quo." - John Lennon

"It is a foolish man who believes that the status quo can be maintained indefinitely." - Charley Reese

"Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people." - Seth Godin

"We do not need to teach students to embrace the status quo." - Seth Godin

"There's one thing worse than change and that's the status quo." - John Le Carre

"In spite of warnings, nothing much happens until the status quo becomes more painful than change." - Laurence J Peter

"The defenders of the status quo often masquerade as the preservers of harmony." - Mark Sheppard

"Every threat to the status quo is an opportunity in disguise." - Jay Samit

"Education in this country is about how to maintain the status quo and to perpetuate racism." - Jane Elliott

"If you're changing the status quo, whatever move you make is disrupting something else." - James Wolfensohn

"Challenging the status quo takes commitment, courage, imagination, and, above all, dedication to learning." - Marshall Ganz

"A woman with knowledge is something that frightens the status quo quite a lot." - Helen Mirren

"Discontent with the status quo is a great catalyst for vision." - John C Maxwell

"Sometimes people think you're smart if you question the status quo, if nothing else." - Craig Ferguson

"Sometimes people think you're smart if you question the status quo, if nothing else." - Craig Ferguson

"Being satisfied with the status quo means you are not making progress" - Katsuaki Watanabe

"It's better to ask the right questions than accept the status quo" - Phil Harding

"To be impartial... is indeed to have taken sides already... with the status quo." - Desmond Tutu

"To rebel or revolt against the status quo is in the very nature of an artist." - Uta Hagen

"If you're not upsetting anyone, you're not changing the status quo." - Seth Godin

"Either you defend the status quo, or you invent the future." - Seth Godin

"Embrace change. Envision what could be, challenge the status quo, and drive creative destruction." - Charles Koch

"She's no longer afraid to die. What she's afraid of is living, accepting the status quo." - Ellen Hopkins

"There's nothing more fundamentally disruptive to the status quo than a new reality." - Umair Haque

"Most ideas never happen. It's an uphill battle against the status quo and our own tendencies." - Scott Belsky

"Grow with discipline. Balance intuition with rigor. Innovate around the core. Don't embrace the status quo." - Howard Schultz

"Never underestimate the magnitude of the power of the forces that reinforce the status quo." - John P Kotter

"The youth should come together to challenge the status quo. They must not give up." - Wole Soyinka

"State Department official accused of offering 'quid pro quo' in [Hillary] Clinton email scandal." - Donald Trump

"The American people - Republican voters especially - are fed up with the status quo." - Rush Limbaugh

"I am against revolutions because they always involve a return to the status quo." - Henry Miller

"Ex hoc barbaricis abacta plectris spernit senipedem stilum Thalia, ex quo septipedes videt patronos." - Sidonius Apollinaris

"It did not last: the devil, shouting Ho. Let Einstein be, restored the status quo." - J. C. Squire

"It did not last: the Devil howling 'Ho! Let Einstein be!' restored the status quo." - J. C. Squire

"It is accomplished by the oppressors depositing myths indispensable to the preservation of the status quo." - Paulo Freire

"Status quo, you know, is Latin for "the mess we're in."" - Ronald Reagan

"Faith is being idealistic, because we have made an idol out of the status quo." - Shane Claiborne

"The web: yet another total disorientation that becomes status quo without anyone realizing it." - Richard Powers

"Question the status quo at all times, especially when things are going well." - Garry Kasparov

"The true enemies of Social Security and Medicare are those who defend an imploding status quo." - Mitch Daniels

"The riskiest thing we can do is just maintain the status quo." - Bob Iger

"I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"Faith in God's revelation has nothing to do with an ideology which glorifies the status quo." - Karl Barth

"I don't accept the status quo. I do accept Visa, MasterCard, or American Express." - Stephen Colbert

"Education in this country is about how to maintain the status quo and to perpetuate racism." - Jane Elliot

"Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'." - Ronald Reagan

"Our politicians may fail us, but Status Quo always delivers on the promise." - Ian Anderson

"The status quo helps liberals. We're going to change the country." - Howard Dean

"The status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed." - Clark Kerr

"Health care is the No. 1 concern of small businesses and the status quo is untenable." - Karen Mills

"The status quo (of development) pre-ordains failure from the very beginning." - Gene Kim

"Most of the press is in league with government, or with the status quo." - Harold Pinter

"In America, evangelical churches have often been bastions of conservatism, providing support for the status quo." - Tony Campolo

"Everything is in a state of flux, including the status quo." - Robert Byrne

"I didn't run for mayor to be the caretaker of the status quo." - Michael Nutter

"Achieving gender equality is about disrupting the status quo - not negotiating it." - Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

"If the angle you're going at is there's some kind of quid pro quo - there isn't. Business is business, and people are allowed to make money. Looks can be deceiving, because there's no quid pro quo here." - Mike Miller

"The label of tasteful or tasteless is so often used to silence people and to maintain the status quo. It's used to shame people for not following the commonly accepted routine, for not aligning themselves with the status quo." - Margaret Cho

"The most dangerous ideas are not those that challenge the status quo. The most dangerous ideas are those so embedded in the status quo, so wrapped in a cloud of inevitability, that we forget they are ideas at all." - Jacob M. Appel

"I really think it would be cowardly to pull back and not challenge the status quo, when the status quo may not be the right way for the field to go," - Mehmet Oz

"Their platform, made up of left-over Democratic planks, has the courage of our old convictions. Their pledge is a pledge to the status quo - and today there can be no status quo." - John F Kennedy

"And by the way it's not about making money, it's about taking money. Destroying the status quo because the status is not quo. The world is a mess and I just need to rule it." - Joss Whedon

"True conservatives fear anything that is at odds with the status quo, even to the extent of being unable to recognise when the status quo represents injustice. And reactionary conservatives actually want to tear down the gains of the past." - Anthony Albanese

"Texas has waited too long for a governor who knows that quid pro quo shouldn't be the status quo. It's time for a governor who believes that you don't have to buy a place in Texas' future." - Wendy Davis

"I really think it would be cowardly to pull back and not challenge the status quo, when the status quo may not be the right way for the field to go." - Mehmet Oz

"Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? In heaven's name,Catiline, how long will you abuse ourpatience?" - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Thinking is always dangerous to the status quo. [...] The moment you start thinking, you'll want to change something." - Margaret J Wheatley

"The man who has lost his purse will go wherever you wish. [Lat., Ibit eo quo vis qui zonam perdidit.]" - Horace

"The mind is hopeful; success is in God's hands. [Lat., Sperat quidem animus: quo eveniat, diis in manu est.]" - Plautus

"Success breeds conservatism, and that means a love affair with the status quo and an aversion to change." - Frank Popoff

"The concept of progress must be grounded in the idea of catastrophe. That things are 'status quo' is the catastrophe" - Walter Benjamin

"The mind is reluctant to embrace deep change, and will play devious games to maintain the status quo." - Kristin Linklater

"In the town of Bethlehem many years ago, a man got religion and he changed the status quo." - Phil Ochs

"Certainly none of the advances made in civilization has been due to counterrevolutionaries and advocates of the status quo." - Bill Mauldin

"Activism that challenges the status quo, that attacks deeply rooted problems, is not for the faint of heart." - Malcolm Gladwell

"You don't have to settle for the status quo, for being good enough, for getting by, for working all night." - Seth Godin

"Live My Life provides a much needed shot of timely, thought-provoking, musically forward, irreverence to the status quo," - Nomi Prins

"Be more tolerant of the difficult people. They're the creative ones. They're not happy with the status quo." - Terry Leahy

"It's not a matter of maintaining the status quo. We have to create a dynamic state, oriented towards expansion." - David Ben-Gurion

"Hillary Clinton wants a better title, and I would, too, if I was already America's secretary of the status quo." - Mike Pence

"Both the State Department and the FBI deny any 'quid pro quo' between Hillary Clinton's State Department and the FBI..." - Thomas Roberts

"When I was hacking, it was more pushing the status quo and seeing how far you can go." - Michael Demon Calce

"The rapid rise of the People's Republic of China as a military and economic power is challenging the status quo." - Dan Quayle

"I think black Americans expect too much from individual black Americans in terms of changing the status quo." - Kareem Abduljabbar

"People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo." - Max Eastman

"It requires a certain kind of bravery, I suppose, to choose the status quo. There's a certain boldness to inaction." - Karen Thompson Walker

"I'm pleased to be a part of a 'new breed' of models who perhaps don't exactly fit the status quo." - Devon Aoki

"I am from the class that has, in a sense, benefited from the status quo, but everyone still gets victimized." - Benigno Aquino Iii

"Entrepreneurs are misfits to the core. They forge ahead, making their own path and always, always, question the status quo." - Maximillian Degenerez

"In Wisconsin, I led the Assembly to a balanced budget in face of fierce opposition from the status quo." - Jeff Fitzgerald

"The history of storytelling isn't one of simply entertaining the masses but of also advising, instructing, challenging the status quo." - Therese Fowler

"There's still is a status-quo group at City Hall who likes things done the old way, behind closed doors." - Laura Miller

"I think black Americans expect too much from individual black Americans in terms of changing the status quo." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"And I have a message for the liberals and the defenders of the status quo: we're just getting started." - Rick Perry

"Any business today that embraces the status quo as an operating principle is going to be on a death march." - Howard Schultz

"There are also just as many, if not more, women who are anxious to hold down the status quo." - Susie Bright

"Whoever has an original thing to say, it is sort of a threat to the status quo." - Steve Lacy

"Nihil tam acerbum est in quo non aequus animus solatium inveniat. There is nothing so disagreeable, that a patient mind can not find some solace for it." - Seneca the Younger

"All poets, all writers are political. They either maintain the status quo, or they say, 'Something's wrong, let's change it for the better.'" - Sonia Sanchez

"In fact, people themselves are responsible for making the status quo so resistant to change. We are trapped by our own behavior." - Chris Argyris

"Change doesnt always mean progress, but the status quo isnt always the best result either. It is merely the most convenient." - Harsha Bhogle

"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.

"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

"Silence is an argument in favor of the status quo. A refusal to address an inequity is a strategy for maintaining that inequity." - PZ Myers

"A relentless barrage of 'why's' is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo. Use it often." - Shigeo Shingo

"Innovation often originates outside existing organizations, in part because successful organizations acquire a commitment to the status quo and a resistance to ideas that might change it" - Nathan Rosenberg

"Prejudice exists and probably will continue to `but we have tried to make progress and we are making progress. We are not going to accept the status quo.'" - Robert Kennedy

"Society or culture or whatever you might want to call it, has created us all solely and wholly for the purpose of maintaining its continuity and status quo." - U.G. Krishnamurti

"I think my constant fiddling and meddling with the status quo may have been one of my biggest contributions to the later success of Wal-Mart." - Sam Walton

"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.

"An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally." - Seth Godin

"To be neutral in a situation of injustice is to have chosen sides already. It is to support the status quo." - Desmond Tutu

"Smart technologies are not just disruptive; they can also preserve the status quo. Revolutionary in theory, they are often reactionary in practice." - Evgeny Morozov

"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

"Straight white males: that's the predominant moviegoing category, and the persistence of that is a dismaying maintenance of the status quo." - Wesley Morris



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