Quotes of Complacency

“ These are days when no one should rely unduly on his "competence." Strength lies in improvisation. All the decisive blows are struck left-handed. ”

- Walter Benjamin

“ In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong. ”

- John Kenneth Galbraith

“ Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same — hardihood. Give them raw truth. ”

- John Jay Chapman

“ Live somewhere between complacency and crisis. ”

- Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz

“ Self-complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause. ”

- Baruch Spinoza

“ There's a very fine line between a groove and a rut; a fine line between eccentrics and people who are just plain nuts. ”

- Christine Lavin

“ The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. ”

- Albert Einstein

“ They believe that nothing will happen because they have closed their doors. ”

- Maurice Maeterlinck

“ They act as if they supposed that to be very sanguine about the general improvement of mankind is a virtue that relieves them from taking trouble about any improvement in particular. ”

- John Morley

“ America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ Nothing to me is more distasteful than that entire complacency and satisfaction which beam in the countenances of a newly married couple. ”

- Charles Lamb

“ When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat. ”

- Pat Riley

“ To act the part of a true friend requires more conscientious feeling than to fill with credit and complacency any other station or capacity in social life. ”

- Sarah Ellis

“ The great menace to the life of an industry is industrial self-complacency. ”

- David Sarnoff

“ Self-complacency is fatal to progress. ”

- Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

“ Our civilization survives in the complacency of cowardly or malignant minds — a sacrifice to the vanity of aging adolescents. In 1953, excess is always a comfort, and sometimes a career. ”

- Albert Camus

“ It's not a very big step from contentment to complacency. ”

- Simone De Beauvoir

“ I will not allow yesterday's success to lull me into today's complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure. ”

- Og Mandino

“ A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship… ”

- Alexander Fraser Tyler

“ A Frenchman is self-assured because he regards himself personally both in mind and body as irresistibly attractive to men and women. An Englishman is self-assured as being a citizen of the best-organized state in the world and therefore, as an Englishman, always knows what he should do and knows that all he does as an Englishman is undoubtedly correct… ”

- Leo Tolstoy
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