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