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civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly
and deliberately, and do not intend to change
the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter
and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless
children whenever and wherever they decide that
their 'vital interests' are menaced, and think
nothing of torturing a man to death: these people
are not to be taken seriously when they speak
of the 'sanctity' of human life, or the 'conscience'
of the civilized world.
-- James Baldwin
business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social entrepreneurs
are to social change. They are the driven, creative
individuals who question the status quo, exploit new
opportunities, refuse to give up, and remake the world
for the better."
-- David Bornstein
United Nations exists not merely to preserve the
peace but also to make change - even radical change
- possible without violent upheaval. The United
Nations has no vested interest in the status quo.
It seeks a more secure world, a better world,
a world of progress for all peoples. In the dynamic
world society which is the objective of the United
Nations, all peoples must have equality and equal
Ralph J. Bunche
status quo sucks.
-- George Carlin
wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing
it still means something to me.
It's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant
status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God,
against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.”
-- Johnny Cash
of us are not real eager to grow, myself included. We
try to be happy by staying in the status quo.
But if we're not willing to be honest with ourselves
about what we feel, we don't evolve.
-- Olympia Dukakis
people think you’re smart if you question the status
quo, if nothing else.
-- Craig Ferguson
"The key.. will be a new public awareness of how
serious is the threat to the global environment.
Those who have a vested interest in the status
quo will probably continue to be able to stifle
any meaningful change until enough citizens..
are willing to speak out."
~ Al Gore
me, the path to a sustainable energy future seems
very obvious. We have to find a way to tap into
a very small fraction of the sun’s energy to convert
it to a form suitable for supplying what are in
fact the relatively small additional requirements
of modern life. … I think the technological challenge
can be met. It remains to be seen whether the
political and organisational challenges involved
in recognising and addressing the need to change
from the status quo can also be met on a reasonable
~ Martin Green
there is dissatisfaction with the status quo,
good. If there is ferment, so much the better.
If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let
there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work.
If man feels small, let man make himself bigger.
-- Hubert Humphrey
of the great liabilities of history is that all
too many people fail to remain awake through great
periods of social change. Every society has its
protectors of status quo and its fraternities
of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping
through revolutions. Today, our very survival
depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust
to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the
challenge of change."
Luther King, Jr
it’s understood to involve justice for those in
poverty, a future for generations yet unborn,
and a commitment to the rest of creation, it’s
unlikely we’ll be able to overcome the status
-- Bill McKibben
is involved with basic innovations that transform society,
not simply maintaining the status quo or filling basic
social needs that were formerly the province of the
-- David Rockefeller
woman who chooses to behave like a full human being
should be warned that the armies of the status quo
will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's
their natural and first weapon. She will need her
-- Gloria Steinem
not... regard the critics as questionable patriots.
What were Washington and Jefferson and Adams but
profound critics of the colonial status quo?
-- Adlai Stevenson