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Looking for encouraging quotes about being complacent? We have rounded up the best collection of complacency quotes, sayings, captions, status messages, (with images and pictures) to inspire you to keep hustling and working hard to better yourself and touch new pinnacles of success.


  1. “Don’t be lulled into complacency.” – Alan Gerry
  2. “Familiarity breeds complacency.” – Rick Warren
  3. “Conceit is an insuperable obstacle to all progress.”
  4. “Complacency is our worst enemy.” – Mike Apicello
  5. “Happiness is death by complacency.” – Laz Ingram
  6. “Complacency breeds mediocrity and steals potential.”
  7. “With confidence, but not complacency.” – Laurent Fabius
  8. “Sometimes success can bring complacency.” – Brad Parscale
  9. “Complacency is the enemy of progress.” – Dave Stutman (Forbes Quotes)
  10. “Complacency is the death of innovation.” – Michelle Sandlin
  11. “Those who are really shocked should be shocked more often.”
  12. “The tragedy of ignorance is complacency.” – Robert Quillen
  13. “I didn’t want to fall into the trap of complacency.” – Taj Mahal
  14. “The biggest mistake to me is complacency.” – Bonnie Hammer
  15. “I always say, complacency is the kiss of death.” – Shari Redstone
  16. “Poor motivation and alertness cause complacency.” – V.S. Parani
  17. “I think complacency is what you allow it to be.” – Draymond Green
  18. “Self-complacency is the companion of ignorance.” – Solomon Schechter
  19. “An audience shouldn’t listen with complacency.” – Peter Maxwell Davies
  20. “Complacency will be the architecture of your downfall.” – Jeremy Gutsche
  21. “We have only two modes – complacency and panic.” – James R. Schlesinger
  22. “Complacency is a continuous struggle that we all have to fight.” – Jack Nicklaus
  23. “The hardest obstacle I’ve had to overcome is complacency.” – Malcolm Goodwin
  24. “Complacency makes one as guilty as those who destroy the Earth.” – Tom Brown, Jr.
  25. “Of all the things a leader should fear, complacency heads the list.” – John C. Maxwell
  26. “Complacency doesn’t make sense for a guy trying to redefine normal.” – John Fairclough
  27. “Complacency by the watchdogs hurts both taxpayers and beneficiaries.” – Chuck Grassley
  28. “Fear & complacency allow power to accumulate & liberty & privacy to suffer.” – Rand Paul
  29. “Complacency is almost always the product of success or perceived success.” – John P. Kotter
  30. “The great menace to the life of an industry is industrial self-complacency.” – Joyce Carol Oates
  31. “I like to improve all the time and never let complacency creep into my system.” – Sandeep Singh
  32. “He who is content with what has been done is an obstacle in the path of progress.” – Helen Keller
  33. “You need to have a redesign because familiarity breeds a kind of complacency.” – Timothy White
  34. “I really try to put myself in uncomfortable situations. Complacency is my enemy.” – Trent Reznor
  35. “Do what you did in the beginning of a relationship and there won’t be an end.” – Anthony Robbins
  36. “Established is a dangerous word for me. It could imply a modicum of complacency.” – Sean Dyche
  37. “Complacency is the last hurdle standing between any team and its potential greatness.” – Pat Riley
  38. “Sometimes success needs interruption to regain focus and shake off complacency.” – Lennox Lewis
  39. “Complacency is man’s biggest weakness. It creeps up on us when we least expect it.” – Jay Mullings
  40. “The moment you start reducing expectations you risk introducing complacency.” – Peter Mandelson
  41. “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.” – Andy Grove
  42. “We must take every game as serious as we can, no complacency, that’s the main thing.” – Aaron Mooy
  43. “If you associate yourself with peer pressure or complacency, you’re destined for failure.” – Kevin Gates
  44. “If we sit by and become complacent and put our heads in the sand, we’re complicit.” – Shelley Morrison
  45. “The greatest obstacle to those who hope to reform American education is complacency.” – Diane Ravitch
  46. “Complacency: Just because things are going well now, doesn’t mean they can’t suddenly go horribly wrong.”
  47. “Complaisance renders a superior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable.” – Joseph Addison
  48. “I hate complacency. I play every gig as if it could be my last, then I enjoy it more than ever.” – Nigel Kennedy
  49. “Success requires enough optimism to provide hope and enough pessimism to prevent complacency.” – David Myers
  50. “I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives when it’s so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.” – Jimmy Carter
  51. “Of all the avenues of life there are to live for, complacency should be viewed as the switch that killed the will to build.”
  52. “Why am I compelled to write? Because the writing saves me from this complacency I fear. Because I have no choice.”
  53. “I think it’s dangerous to think that you’re successful, because then you become complacent.” – Tommy Hilfiger
  54. “If you look around, complacency is the great disease of your autumn years, and I work hard to prevent that.” – Nick Cave
  55. “God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from himself because it is not there. There is no such thing.” – C.S. Lewis
  56. “Don’t let your success of today lay you into complacency for tomorrow. For that is the worst form of failure.” – Og Mandino
  57. “Complacency is the deadly enemy of spiritual progress. The contended soul is the stagnant soul.” – Aiden Wilson Tozer
  58. “Complacency is the forerunner of mediocrity. You can never work too hard on attitudes, effort and technique.” – Don Meyer
  59. “I think sometimes with experience, it brings a sense of laziness and complacency. I try not to get complacent.” – Paul Millsap
  60. “I went home very happy, with a heart brimful of complacency for myself, and overflowing with love for Eliza.” – Anne Bronte
  61. “My fear now is of cliché, of complacency, of not being able to feel authenticity in myself and those around me.” – John Hawkes
  62. “Listen to Mr. Complacency long enough and he’ll convince you that what you really, really need is a nap.” – Alex and Brett Harris
  63. “If you don’t have competition in a squad, you can have complacency – and, if you have complacency, you won’t win.” – Nikita Parris
  64. “I will not allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure.” – Og Mandino
  65. “We don’t want to turn the safety net into a hammock that lulls able-bodied people into complacency and dependence.” – Paul Ryan
  66. “Comfort leads to complacency, and complacency kills. For this reason, I believe that we all should be a little uncomfortable in our jobs.”
  67. “For me, faith is more about aspiration than complacency – the smug satisfaction that other people find distasteful.” – Tom Hollander
  68. “You want to have butterflies in your stomach, because if you don’t, if you walk out onstage complacent, that’s not a good thing.” – Joan Jett
  69. “The ultimate solution to the problem of spiritual complacency is to create a systematically embedded culture of holy urgency.” – Alan Hirsch
  70. “Ministry of Disturbance, a regulated source of annoyance; a destroyer of routine; an underminer of complacency.” – C. D. Darlington
  71. “Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: it has to be shattered before being ascertained.” – Vladimir Nabokov
  72. “There is no place for arrogance or complacency in racing because you are up there one minute and on your backside the next.” – Tony McCoy
  73. “Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.” – Lao Tzu
  74. “History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion.” – Gerald R. Ford
  75. “With success comes complacency if you let it happen. It is human nature; there is that urge to think about how well you have done.” – Chris Coleman
  76. “Worthwhile books trouble our complacency, sharpening our minds and senses. Some are dangerous, and they, too, must be published.” – Peter Mayer
  77. “Only by becoming poor ourselves, by stripping away our complacency, will we be able to identify with the least of our brothers and sisters.” – Pope Francis
  78. “Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity.” – Nancy Pearcey
  79. “My stories are about humanity, about the challenges of surviving and the constant fight against ignorance, inhumanity and complacency.” – John Kani
  80. “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
  81. “There is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  82. “I question whether I want to be integrated into America as it stands now, with its complacency and materialism, its soullessness…” – Paule Marshall
  83. “A higher rate of urgency does not imply ever-present panic, anxiety, or fear. It means a state in which complacency is virtually absent.” – John P. Kotter
  84. “Moral stimulation is good but moral complacency is the most dangerous habit of mind we can develop, and that danger is serious and ever-present.” – Joseph Grew
  85. “Nothing is to me more distasteful than that entire complacency and satisfaction which beam in the countenances of a new-married couple.” – Charles Lamb
  86. “Government is the ultimate monopoly. And monopolies, as any economist will tell you, often breed complacency and a lack of innovation.” – Gavin Newsom
  87. “Here’s what I see: a complacency among the generation of young women whose entire lives have been lived after Roe v. Wade was decided.” – Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  88. “We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.” – John Stott
  89. “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.” – Aesop
  90. “I think in my late 20s, I was starting to enter that realm of complacency, which is the most terrifying place I can imagine as an artist. I felt time creeping up on me.” – Juliette Lewis
  91. “The downfall of every civilization comes, not from the moral corruption of the common man, but rather from the moral complacency of common men in high places.” – E. Digby Baltzell
  92. “So soon as the possession of property becomes the basis of popular esteem, therefore, it becomes also a requisite to that complacency which we call self-respect.” – Thorstein Veblen
  93. “At any level I’m not built with complacency. I think you see that in the way I play. The people that manage me know that, my teammates know that. I’m not built like that.” – Adam Lallana
  94. “The negative aspects of Scottish Nationalism are a kind of aggressive complacency, that sort of boasting; but that’s an expression of insecurity, I think, of a lack of confidence.” – Douglas Dunn
  95. “We are the mediocre, we are the half givers, we are the half lovers, we are the savorless salt. Break the hard crust of complacency. Quicken in us the sharp grace of desire.” – Caryll Houselander
  96. “Business leaders must not cling to old ways of doing business, or allow inertia or complacency to prevent them from making the decisions that they will eventually be forced to make.” – Patricia Hewitt
  97. “In the midst of our applauding the feats of civilization, the Bible flings itself like a knife slashing our complacency; remind us that God, too, has a voice in history.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel
  98. “Photography can be a deceitful, superficial medium that leads us into believing something even though we know it’s not necessarily true. It lulls us into a false sense of complacency.” – Alison Jackson
  99. “When Americans are faced with the prospect that they can never earn their way to wealth, they have two choices: to rebel against the system, or to settle into depressed complacency.” – Ben Shapiro
  100. “There is no illusion so permanent as that which enables us to look backward with complacency; there is no mental process so deceptive as the comparing of recollections with realities.” – Agnes Repplier
  101. “WWE has no issues with my stand-up. I do not miss work for any reason and will continue to work around my schedule because I’m a professional and do not allow complacency or laziness.” – Dolph Ziggler
  102. “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
  103. “The gain isn’t counted to the recluse and inactive that, having nothing to measure themselves by and never being tested by failure, they simmer and soak perpetually in conscious complacency.” – Alice James
  104. “When you stop being nervous is when you should retire. I’m always a little nervous for anything I do because when complacency sets in, that’s when I feel it’s time to move on to something else.” – Chris Jericho
  105. “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, The Great Hand Book Of Quotes
  106. “People have almost been lulled into complacency because there are no signs over the water fountains. But the signs have been in the policies. There’s still housing discrimination and wage discrimination.” – Dee Rees
  107. “I have absolutely no idea what my generation did to enrich our democracy. We dropped the ball. We entered a period of complacency and closed our eyes to the public corruption of our democracy.” – Wynton Marsalis
  108. “School standards need to rise a lot further if the full potential of all our young people, particularly those from poorer backgrounds, is to be realized: there is no room for complacency.” – Andrew Adonis, Baron Adonis
  109. “The danger for any artist whose work is both recognizable and critically acclaimed is complacent repetition – the temptation to churn out easily identifiable, eagerly welcomed, and readily salable designs.” – Martin Filler
  110. “I have high expectations for myself – as an athlete, as a man, as an individual – and wrestling has helped me build a lot of character knowing that I have to remain humble but also fight complacency.” – Jordan Burroughs
  111. “The point of the spiritual revolution is not to become a good Buddhist, but to become a wise and compassionate human being, to awaken from our life of complacency and ignorance and to be a buddha.” – Noah Levine
  112. “The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.” – Benjamin E. Mays
  113. “I didn’t want to settle or become complacent after winning a major, I wanted to stay hungry. It’s easy to do. It’s easy to win a big tournament and kind of get a little lazy, so it’s been a good motivator for me to work a little harder.” – Webb Simpson
  114. “Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.” – A.W. Tozer
  115. “Humility was considered a great virtue in my family household. No show of complacency or self-satisfaction was ever tolerated. Patting yourself on the back was definitely not encouraged, and pleasure or pride would be punishable by death.” – Hugh Laurie
  116. “There’s a lot of rage in my head. I like the friction that means there is nothing relaxing about writing a poem. I can’t afford to relax in any area of life. You have to keep your senses awake to all the complacency that kicks in – particularly for the English.” – Alice Oswald
  117. “There comes a time, there comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer. That time is now and I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts go unchallenged.” – Rand Paul
  118. “I love the horror genre. I consider myself a genre filmmaker. I love genre, but I think there’s a certain amount of complacency that comes with watching a genre film; people know what the devices are. They know what the tropes are. They know the conventions.” – Ari Aster
  119. “I think, like a lot of actors and people in the arts who are struggling to get where they want to be, you spend a lot of time sitting around grumbling about how you’re not doing the kind of work you really want to do. But there’s a lot of complacency in that, too.” – Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  120. “Often we hate in others the thing which we fear in ourselves; or we hate because the other person raises to our consciousness some fault or inadequacy which we would prefer to have remain unconscious, and therefore without power to disturb our self-complacency.” – Frances G. Wickes
  121. “I enjoy turning things on the audience. I really like working in genre because people come into the films with certain expectations. They know the tropes so well that, when you turn on those, it can be shocking because there’s a complacency that comes with watching those films.” – Ari Aster
  122. “The emphasis on innovation and technology in our companies has resulted in a few of them establishing global benchmarks in product design and development, manufacturing practices and human resource capabilities. However, there is no room for complacency.” – Baba Kalyani
  123. “It is a sad fact that because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch-antirevolutionaries.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  124. “The smug complacency of technology adverts disguises a pretty mixed picture, with too many people not connected, too many passive users of technologies designed for interactive, and far too much talk about empowerment but far too little action to make it happen.” – Geoff Mulgan
  125. “History shows that all protest movements rely on symbols – boycotts, strikes, sit-ins, flags, songs. Symbolic action on whatever scale – from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to wearing a simple wristband – is designed to disrupt our everyday complacency and force people to think.” – Hugh Evans
  126. “When I earned my diploma from the University of Virginia in the spring of 2000, it never occurred to me before my senior year to worry too seriously about my post-graduation prospects. Indeed, most of my professors, advisors, and mentors reinforced this complacency.” – Kim Brooks
  127. “Complacency is a blight that saps energy, dulls attitudes, and causes a drain in the brain. The first symptom is satisfaction with things as they are. The second is rejection of things it as they might be. “Good enough” becomes days today’s watchword and tomorrow standard.” – Alex and Brett Harris
  128. “The young person isn’t certain that love can be real; the middle-aged man is only discovering that it is; and the older person seems so sure of it. I was interested in the way that many of us go through the whole of our lives staying with someone just out of complacency, because leaving isn’t easy.” – Conor McPherson
  129. “The newspaper headlines may shout about global warming, extinctions of living species, the devastation of rain forests, and other worldwide catastrophes, but Americans evince a striking complacency when it comes to their everyday environment and the growing calamity that it represents.” – James Howard Kunstler
  130. “Our concerns about what we saw in Australia: an economy clearly tied to China has hitched its wagon to the tail of the tiger. In terms of the general complacency, what we heard over and over from investors and clients and potential clients is, ‘yes, yes, there are some excesses, but the government will figure out a way.’” – James Chanos
  131. “I don’t want to let my guard down and feel too comfortable. If you become complacent, you start feeling entitled. I’m ready to go dig ditches if I have to. Whatever I gotta do to provide for my family. Whatever I gotta do to make sure that I do the best possible job at whatever wonderful opportunities I’ve been handed.” – Mark Wahlberg
  132. “There’s a huge dichotomy between people who grow up with alienation, which, for me, was invaluable, and people who grow up so completely privileged that it breeds this complacency and lack of desire to question or challenge or do anything significant. Those are the types of people who become partners at the corporate law firms.” – Glenn Greenwald
  133. “What is complacency for you? Is it something bad or good? How’d you even frame it in a sentence? Tell me so I can be complacent enough. Does contentment and complacency go hand in hand? If not, do you understand the difference between them? If yes, still why you are acting aberrant? Tell me so I can stop myself from abandoning the right path.”
  134. “Christians are as subject to complacency as anybody else, and we can certainly settle into repetition and forget that something radical and extraordinary is being asked of us as well – that we hold to an extraordinary promise about how, from moment to moment, something enters the world and enters us, after which everything is different.” – Francis Spufford
  135. “Disability strips away complacency. Affliction is brutal, but it can also push vital questions to the fore. The afflicted body becomes a site of otherness, confusion, isolation, watchfulness, longing. One becomes keenly aware of the impersonality of brute matter, but at the same time there is often a raw, mistrustful desire for gentleness, connection.” – Laurie Sheck
  136. “If you’re playing a good guy, you show some darkness. If you’re playing a dark guy, you show something different, like humor, that will mix it up and hopefully surpass the audience’s expectations. What I’m battling all the time is complacency in the audience. I try to bring a little mystery to what might happen because that engages people more.” – Campbell Scott
  137. “This is the complacency I have run into.” – Bob Higgins
  138. “It’s competition that forces companies to get out of their complacency.” – John Mackey
  139. “Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency.” – Franz Kafka
  140. “Safety and comfort comes with complacency, and that’s never a good place to be working from.” – Elijah Wood
  141. “There is little room for complacency, and it is important to guard against sporadic volatility in financial markets.” – Urjit Patel
  142. “When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.” – Pat Riley
  143. “To take the measure of oneself by reference to one’s colleagues leads to envy or complacency rather than constructive self-examination.” – Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.
  144. “With my own work, I’ve always tried at least to wake people up and shake them out of their complacency. And that’s always easier if I’m working with an artist who really has something to say.” – Jonas Akerlund
  145. “You don’t want too much fear in a market, because people will be blinded to some very good buying opportunities. You don’t want too much complacency because people will be blinded to some risk.” – Ron Chernow
  146. “We tend to default to complacency. Stick to the easy option. We all do it. We’ve tried to create a business model and society around us that is as easy and boxed as possible. We love creating boundaries and borders.” – Ben Fogle
  147. “I just feel like, with rappers, there’s so much complacency. It’s like, ‘Oh, I’m a rapper. I’m successful. I make money. That’s all that matters.’ But there’s a lot of stuff going on in the world. Whether or not you’re aware of it, it’s happening.” – J. Cole
  148. “Companies selling a product play down its vulnerability and emphasize its robustness. But only after technology leaves the dock is it really tested. For human operators in control of a supposedly infallible system, complacency and overconfidence can take over, and caution may be thrown to the wind.” – Henry Petroski
  149. “I do think there is this danger that our society has made its peace with decline. I’d like to jolt them out of their complacency a little bit.” – Peter Thiel
  150. “I think if we don’t understand history, if we don’t keep referring back to it, we become complacent. And complacency, as we all know, it leads to repeating history.” – Ruth Negga
  151. “Experience should be a plus as long as it doesn’t become complacency. If you say, ‘We’re not going to change; we didn’t do it that way before,’ then you’ve become too old.” – Marv Levy
  152. “The biggest threat to the Internet is, frankly, always going to be complacency. I want to see more and more of us activated and people thinking of themselves as defenders of it.” – Alexis Ohanian
  153. “On the contrary, it might even be a projection of what the truth is of the Bush Administration’s complacency and ineptitude on the terrorism in its first 9 months in office.” – Sidney Blumenthal
  154. “On Australia Day 2010, as we enter this second decade of the 21st century, Australians can be optimistic about our future, but we cannot afford to mistake optimism for complacency.” – Kevin Rudd
  155. “There’s a lot of complacency in philanthropy. People figure organizations are trying to do good, and that’s enough, even if the results aren’t there. But that’s wasteful and inefficient. It crowds out better programs.” – Dustin Moskovitz
  156. “The United States stands with our friends in Britain as they recover from today’s shock of terrorism. These barbaric acts strengthen our resolve and remind us all of the danger of complacency during our continued war on terror.” – Mark Foley
  157. “The joy of making a genre film is that you have audiences in that place, and it’s a perfect place to start because all it takes is finding ways to startle them out of that complacency and encourage a different kind of engagement.” – Ari Aster
  158. “We face fear many times a day, in many ways, and usually we turn away from it. It often hides itself behind laziness and complacency, which are its shadows and aliases. We accept the things-as-they-are world in which we are comfortable.” – Rick Tumlinson


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