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Status quo is a Latin phrase meaning the existing state of affairs, particularly with regard to social or political issues..
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- New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
- John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689).
- Habit with him was all the test of truth,
It must be right: I’ve done it from my youth.
- George Crabbe, The Borough (1810), Letter iii, "The Vicar", line 138.
- The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.
- John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936).
- Paraphrased variant: The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
- Certainly none of the advances made in civilization has been due to counterrevolutionaries and advocates of the status quo.
- Bill Mauldin, Back Home (1947)
- Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent.
- Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
- I would rather sit with the rural poor, the desperate children of urban blight, the victims of racism, and working people seeking a better life than with those whose religion is the status quo, whose goal is profit and whose hearts are cold.
- Douglas Fraser, Resignation letter from National Committee of Labor-Management Group, July 17, 1978; Published in: North Country Anvil, Nr. 28, (1978) p. 22
- Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, "We've always done it this way." I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.
- Grace Hopper, The Wit and Wisdom of Grace Hopper (1987)
- Unsourced variant: The most dangerous phrase in the language is, "We've always done it this way."
- Satisfied powers are those that have reached the top of the pecking order, are happy with their lot, and are primarily interested in preserving the status quo. In contrast, rising powers are states on the move. They are not satisfied with their lot, are usually struggling for recognition and influence, and are therefore looking for ways to overturn the status quo.
- Charles A. Kupchan, The End of the American Era (2002)
- [I]sn’t it generally quite easy to identify your short-term interests when the status quo is to your benefit? In such circumstances, you favor the status quo!
- Change tends to fill people with this incredible fear.
- As the generalization goes about the art industry, people can be really challenging and thought-provoking in their thinking and questioning the status quo, and it's really important that the status quo can be questioned and that there are people doing that.
- * Young entrepreneurs tend to be fearless and have no respect for the status quo, and that’s exactly what you need in an environment where the status quo is going to put you out of business.
- Steve Blank, Forbes "Lean And Meaningful: What Founders Still Need To Fix In The 21st Century". February 29, 2016 issue.