Complacency Quotes (133 quotes)

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Mae West

“Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.”

Mae West


Jon Krakauer

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

Jon Krakauer,

Into the Wild


Jean-Paul Sartre

“You are — your life, and nothing else.”

Jean-Paul Sartre,

No Exit


Noam Chomsky

“All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.”

Noam Chomsky


Howard Zinn

“I’m worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel – let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they’re doing. I’m concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that’s handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers.”

Howard Zinn


Nicholas Sparks

“That initial anger she had felt turned to sadness, and now it had become something else, almost a dullness of sorts. Even though she was constantly in motion, it seemed as if nothing special ever happened to her anymore. Each day seemed exactly like the last, and she had trouble differentiating among them.”

Nicholas Sparks,

Message in a Bottle


Thomas Jefferson

“Whereas it appeareth that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of their natural rights, and are at the same time themselves better guarded against degeneracy, yet experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, ….whence it becomes expedient for promoting the publick happiness that those persons, whom nature hath endowed with genius and virtue, should be rendered by liberal education worthy to receive, and able to guard the sacred deposit of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens, and that they should be called to that charge without regard to wealth, birth or accidental condition of circumstance.”

Thomas Jefferson,

Writings: Autobiography / Notes on the State of Virginia / Public and Private Papers / Addresses / Letters

“You will never be entirely comfortable. This is the truth behind the champion – he is always fighting something. To do otherwise is to settle.”

Julien Smith,

The Flinch


Robert Fanney

“You or I might think that at least one would show courage and put up a fight. But neither you nor I have suffered as they, and even we have born witness in silence to lesser ills under less dire threat. Yet, in the face of evil, to sit silent is an even greater evil. Complacency is ever the enabler of darkest deeds;”

Robert Fanney


Tana French

“Human beings, as I know better than most, can get used to anything. Over time, even the unthinkable gradually wears a little niche for itself in your mind and becomes just something that happened.”

Tana French,

In the Woods


Dan Rather

“Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.”

Dan Rather


José Saramago

“A person is not like a thing that you put down in one place and leave, a person moves, thinks, asks, questions, doubts, investigates, probes, and while it is true that, out of a long habit of resignation, he sooner or later ends up looking as if he has submitted to the objects, don’t go thinking that this apparent submission is necessarily permanent.”

José Saramago,

The Cave


Ursula K. Le Guin

“To exchange all the goodness and grace of every life in Omelas for that single, small improvement: to throw away the happiness of thousands for the chance of the happiness of one: that would be to let guilt within the walls indeed.”

Ursula K. Le Guin,

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas


C.S. Lewis

“You all know,” said the Guide, “that security is mortals’ greatest enemy.”

C.S. Lewis,

The Pilgrim’s Regress


Israelmore Ayivor

“Never be complacent about the current steps; don’t agree and follow the status quo. Be determined that you are making an indelible impact with great change. Now, dress up and go to make it happen!”

Israelmore Ayivor,

The Great Hand Book of Quotes

“To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted”

George Keller


Mike Patton

“We just wanna be the happy bums that we are. That’s all.”

Mike Patton


Yevgeny Zamyatin

“The sun’s champagne streamed from one body into another. And there was a couple on the green silk of the grass, covered by a raspberry umbrella. Only their feet and a little bit of lace could be seen. In the magnificent universe beneath the raspberry umbrella, with closed eyes, they drank in the sparkling madness.

‘Extra! Extra! Zeppelins over the North Sea at 3 o’clock.’

But under the umbrella, in the raspberry universe, they were immortal. What did it matter that in another far-away universe people would be killing each other?”

Yevgeny Zamyatin,

Islanders and The Fisher of Men


H.G. Wells

“And like blots upon the landscape rose the cupolas above the ways to the Underworld. I understood now what all the beauty of the Upperworld people covered. Very pleasant was their day, as pleasant as the day of the cattle in the eld. Like the cattle, they knew of no enemies and provided against no needs. And their end was the same.”

H.G. Wells,

The Time Machine

“Do not be complacent about your achievements and not to strive for continual improvement when you get to the top. As soon as you let success go to your head, you sink into following familiar patterns and play it safe. In other words, you risk losing your edge.”

Roy T. Bennett


Sonia Rumzi

“Complacency delivered us into the hands of evil greedy men like Cheney.”

Sonia Rumzi


Israelmore Ayivor

“The simple rule to abide by and become excellent is that “Don’t see what you have achieved yesterday with the same pleasure eyes you used to see it when it was done by you”. Look forward and do better than you did earlier!”

Israelmore Ayivor,

The Great Hand Book of Quotes


Steven Redhead

“Life is for living not for been stuck in a rut of complacency where normality consists of the mundane.”

Steven Redhead,

Life Is a Dance


Carmine Savastano

“It is hard to rage against the machine when you are always using one.”

Carmine Savastano


Ada Palmer

“Complacency is the enemy, Mycroft, not xenophobia. An old phoenix needs burning”

Ada Palmer,

The Will to Battle


Carol S. Dweck

“Beware of success. It can knock you into a fixed mindset: “I won because I have talent. Therefore I will keep winning.” Success can infect a team or it can infect an individual.”

Carol S. Dweck,

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success


Daren Martin

“We are living in a time bursting with opportunity while laden with risk! Seize the moment! There is no greater risk than complacency!”

Daren Martin


Penelope Lively

“Helen racked her brains. Advice? Surely they needed advice? Of course they needed advice; she reviewed, in a flash, the whole unsatisfactory condition of Greystones, of her state of mind, of life itself. How can we stop the drain flooding whenever it rains? Why do I have to feel guilty because my mother has died? How can I achieve a comforting complacency?”

Penelope Lively,

Passing On


Lindy West

“We cannot pander or wait for consensus; the world is too big and complicated and rigged. We are saying the things that people don’t like.”

Lindy West,

The Witches Are Coming

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