Complacent Sayings and Quotes

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

Familiarity breeds complacency.     

Rick Warren

Conceit is the most contemptible and one of the most odious qualities in the world. It is vanity driven from all other shifts, and forced to appeal to itself for admiration.     

William Hazlitt

Do not be afraid to make decisions; do not be afraid to make mistakes.     

Carly Fiorina

We cannot be complacent with playing good but not winning games.     

Marty Schottenheimer

It is nice to be around people who think differently than you. They challenge your ideas and keep you from being complacent.     

Tucker Carlson

You can never get complacent because a loss is always around the corner.     

Venus Williams

Conceit is the finest armour a man can wear.     

Jerome K. Jerome

A complacent player is a lazy player, and a lazy player is a loser.     

Darryl Sutter

A complacent satisfaction with present knowledge is the chief bar to the pursuit of knowledge.     

B. H. Liddell Hart

Change before you have to.     

Jack Welch

Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity.     

Nancy Pearcey

We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.     

Thomas Edison

We can all get complacent. Especially when it comes to a job.     

John Rampton

Our civilization survives in the complacency of cowardly or malignant minds, a sacrifice to the vanity of aging adolescents.     

Albert Camus

Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.     

Johnny Unitas

Complacency doesn't make sense for a guy trying to redefine normal.     

John Fairclough

Complacent ignorance is the most lethal sickness of the soul.     


Complacency is the enemy of study.     

Mao Zedong

Complacency is a continuous struggle that we all have to fight.     

Jack Nicklaus

If we sit by and become complacent and put our heads in the sand, we're complicit.     

Shelley Morrison

The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history.     

John F. Kennedy

Complacency is the enemy of study. We cannot really learn anything until we rid ourselves of complacency.     

Mao Tse-Tung

We have a normal. As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.     

Robin Sharma

A wise man knows; learn from others, never get complacent and know where the classic old dangers come from.     

Bear Grylls

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.     

Andy Grove

Complacency is a sword of two edges. One edge kills hard earned successes while the other end stops future glories. Complacency is a murderer and a barrier!     

Israelmore Ayivor

Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only needless, but impairs what it would improve.     

Alexander Pope

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

Sonia Rumzi

Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth, don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.     


Complacency happens almost without notice. Check and renew your heart daily.     

Jim George

You need to have a redesign because familiarity breeds a kind of complacency.     

Timothy White

Conceit is an insuperable obstacle to all progress.     

Ellen Terry

Conceit causes more conversation than wit.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld