Quotes About Stagnation

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Arthur Conan Doyle
“My mind," he said, "rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four

Leonard Sweet
“What is the difference between a living thing and a dead thing? In the medical world, a clinical definition of death is a body that does not change. Change is life. Stagnation is death. If you don't change, you die. It's that simple. It's that scary.”
Leonard Sweet

Arthur Conan Doyle
“Every man finds his limitations, Mr. Holmes, but at least it cures us of the weakness of self-satisfaction.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

Lenore Appelhans
“The point is to keep trying new things, meeting new people, visiting new places. Once you settle into a rut, no matter how fun that rut may seem, you stagnate. You might as well be dead.”
Lenore Appelhans, Level 2

Louis-Ferdinand Céline
“When you stay too long in the same place, things and people go to pot on you, they rot and start stinking for your special benefit.”
Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

“Stagnation is self-abdication.”
Ryan Talbot

“As long as you're moving, it's easier to steer.”

Frederick Douglass
“[...] endless action and reaction. Those beautifully rounded pebbles which you gather on the sand and which you hold in your hand and marvel at their exceeding smoothness, were chiseled into their varies and graceful forms by the ceaseless action of countless waves. Nature is herself a great worker and never tolerates, without certain rebuke, any contradiction to her wise example. Inaction is followed by stagnation. Stagnation is followed by pestilence and pestilence is followed by death.”
Frederick Douglass

Charles F. Stanley
“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.”
Charles F. Stanley

George Packer
“This malignant persistence since September 11th is the biggest surprise of all. In previous decades, sneak attacks, stock-market crashes, and other great crises became hinges on which American history swung in dramatically new directions. But events on the same scale, or nearly so, no longer seem to have that power; moneyed interests may have become too entrenched, elites too self-seeking, institutions too feeble, and the public too polarized and passive for the country to be shocked into fundamental change.”
George Packer

Evelyn Waugh
“Do you want to change?"

"It's the only evidence of life.”
Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

Victor Hugo
“As for us, we respect the past here and there, and we spare it, above all, provided that it consents to be dead. If it insists on being alive, we attack it, and we try to kill it.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“You cannot stay at the same level as when you first practiced your truth, life won't let you.”
Kamal Ravikant, Live Your Truth

Noel DeJesus
“Stagnation floods the mind with thoughts of failure and slowly drowns the will to succeed; always move forward.”
Noel DeJesus, 44 Days of Leadership

“Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?”
Ray Kroc

Alexis de Tocqueville
“The poor man retains the prejudices of his forefathers without their faith, and their ignorance without their virtues; he has adopted the doctrine of self-interest as the rule of his actions, without understanding the science which puts it to use; and his selfishness is no less blind than was formerly his devotedness to others. If society is tranquil, it is not because it is conscious of its strength and its well-being, but because it fears its weakness and its infirmities; a single effort may cost it its life. Everybody feels the evil, but no one has courage or energy enough to seek the cure. The desires, the repinings, the sorrows, and the joys of the present time lead to no visible or permanent result, like the passions of old men, which terminate in impotence.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

M.H. Rakib
“زیادہ پانے کی خواہش ناشُکری ہو یا نہ ہو مگر جو خدا نے دیا ہے اُس پر اِکتفا کر لینا جمود کی نشانی ہے اور جمود اِس کائنات کا حصہ نہیں بنایا گیا”
M.H. Rakib

Bryant McGill
“Pain is a breach in the walls of decline and stagnation.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

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