Status Quo Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old status quo quotes, status quo sayings, and status quo proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The status quo is presented as something to aspire to, whereas for us, the status quo was something we wanted to shatter in order to create the space for people to choose for themselves. Genesis P-Orridge
The need to challenge the status quo is just more obvious when you're failing than when you're succeeding. But it's no less urgent. Edwin Catmull
Question the status quo at all times, especially when things are going well. Garry Kasparov
The defenders of the status quo often masquerade as the preservers of harmony. Mark Sheppard
Challenging the status quo takes commitment, courage, imagination, and, above all, dedication to learning. Marshall Ganz
There's nothing more fundamentally disruptive to the status quo than a new reality. Umair Haque
In spite of warnings, nothing much happens until the status quo becomes more painful than change. Laurence J. Peter
Organizations that destroy the status quo win. Whatever the status quo is, changing it gives you the opportunity to be remarkable. Seth Godin
The status quo is persistent and resistant. It exists because everyone wants it to. Everyone believes that what they've got is probably better than the risk and fear that come with change. Seth Godin
When there's a status quo, usually what shakes everybody up is some sort of military confrontation, at which point we all come running and screaming to pick up the pieces. Abdullah II of Jordan
Status quo just means that everyone's doing it. It doesn't mean that this was divinely ordained, and of course this is the right decision. Alexis Ohanian
The status quo is never happy when things become a meritocracy. Marti Noxon
The status quo is never news, only challenges to it. Malorie Blackman
Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'. Ronald Reagan
The status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed. Clark Kerr
Either you defend the status quo, or you invent the future. Seth Godin
Every threat to the status quo is an opportunity in disguise. Jay Samit
Discontent with the status quo is a great catalyst for vision. John C. Maxwell
If you can't change the status quo, make the status quo, change. Royce White
Being satisfied with the status quo means you are not making progress. Katsuaki Watanabe
If you're changing the status quo, whatever move you make is disrupting something else. James Wolfensohn
You can change any status quo, stand out, walk by faith and not by sight and things will definitely go well with you. Jaachynma N.E. Agu
Challenge your own status quo - before someone else does. Ron Kaufman
If you can't change the status quo, make the status quo, change. Royce White
Our politicians may fail us, but Status Quo always delivers on the promise. Ian Anderson
Never underestimate the magnitude of the power of the forces that reinforce the status quo. John P. Kotter
Managers maintain an efficient status quo while leaders attack the status quo to create something new. Orrin Woodward
Nothing could be easier than disturbing a status quo instituted by others; the real work of the sinister current is to break the rules we rigidly establish for ourselves. Zeena Schreck
Questioning the status quo can result in banishment, imprisonment, ridicule or being burned at the stake, depending on your era, your locale, and the sacred cows you wish to butcher. Gene Spafford
If we want to change that status quo, we might have to work outside of those rules because the legal pathways available to us have been structured precisely to make sure we don't make any substantial change. Tim DeChristopher