Inertia Quotes

Inertia Quotes by Rachele Brooke Smith, Kevin Kelly, Mary Parker Follett, Todd Gitlin, George Santayana, Woody Allen and many others.

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Rachele Brooke Smith
The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed by the inertia of the orthodox system.
Kevin Kelly
Most people are not for or against anything; the first object of getting people together is to make them respond somehow, to overcome inertia.
Mary Parker Follett
Human inertia makes the everyday environment, the furniture, as it were, appear to be a given.
Todd Gitlin
Government is the political representative of a natural equilibrium, of custom, of inertia; it is by no means a representative of reason.
George Santayana
Inertia accounts for two-thirds of marriages. But love accounts for the other third.
Woody Allen
We stayed on at the Institute [Chicago called the School of Design] because that was – I don’t know, you start at one place and you stay there, I guess. Inertia takes over.
Warren MacKenzie
Inertia is the death of creativity
Austin Kleon
Spiritual movements are revolts of thought against inertia, of the few against the many; of those who because they are strong in spirit are strongest alone against those who can express themselves only in the mass and the mob, and who are significant only because they are numerous.
Ludwig von Mises
In bed our yesterdays are too oppressive: if a man can only get up, though it be but to whistle or to smoke, he has a present which offers some resistance to the past—sensations which assert themselves against tyrannous memories.
George Eliot
It takes forever if you go by inertia.
Jane Siberry
Technology has made it easier for different firms to coordinate their activities with one another, and they don’t have to be part of one company. They can get the benefits of scale without the inertia of scale.
Erik Brynjolfsson
All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success.
Dorothea Brande
The stillness and stasis of bed are the perfect opposite of travel: inertia is what I’ve come to consider the default mode, existentially and electronically speaking. Bed, its utter inactivity, offers a glimpse of eternity, without the drawback of being dead.
Lynne Sharon Schwartz
By dawn he had surrendered, gratefully, to the old inertia, the product of always seeing both sides of every question.
Robert Harris
The inertia of the governed cannot be disentangled from the indifference of the government. American leaders have both a circular and a deliberate relationship to public opinion.
Samantha Power
The natural law of inertia: Matter will remain at rest or continue in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some external force.
W. Clement Stone
So many fail because they don’t get started – they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin.
W. Clement Stone
We have got to nurture the spirit of independent journalism in this country, or we’ll not save capitalism from its own excesses, and we’ll not save democracy from its own inertia.
Bill Moyers
The idea of salvation through some one or some thing outside of ourselves came from love of inertia. We want God or his Son to save us. We thought that Hapi would give us immortality if we flattered his vanity by praying to him.
Alice Moore Hubbard
Years passed; and he endured the idleness of his intelligence and the inertia of his heart.
Gustave Flaubert
There is an enormous inertia that prevents people from change. You must always remember that it is impossible to make something better if you don’t make it different – the converse is not true, of course. You cannot make something better unless it is different. And different scares the life out of so many people.
Amar Bose
Inertia is depression’s best friend. There’s always a hump to get over before you can actually change. So pushing yourself over the hump is like opening a door to a new brain pattern.
Deepak Chopra
Entrepreneurs are constantly developing new technologies and services. But too often, they’re unable to bring them quickly to market for consumers because regulatory inertia stands in the way. Unfortunately, the FCC can suffer from this government-wide problem.
Ajit Pai
Definition of inertia: ‘The vis insita, or innate force of matter, is a power of resisting by which every body, as much as in it lies, endeavours to preserve its present state, whether it be of rest or of moving uniformly forward in a straight line.
Isaac Newton
The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.
Elbert Hubbard
There is always an inertia to be overcome in striking out a new line of conduct – not more in ourselves, it seems, than in circumscribing events, which appear as if leagued together to allow no novelties in the way of amelioration.
Thomas Hardy
As the proportion of people reaching higher states of consciousness increases, this inertia will decrease, and at the same time a supportive momentum in the new direction will start building up.
Peter Russell
We must renew democracy itself. We have to fight cynicism and inertia and restore faith in the advancement of our country.
Paul Wellstone
Technology keeps progressing. Young people follow the curve. But as they get older, they get inertia, and they start deviating from that curve.
Jaan Tallinn
You can break through old limits, past inertia and fear, to… richness of choice, freedom, human closeness.
Marilyn Ferguson
Ideals survive through change. They die through inertia in the face of challenge.
Tony Blair
When you regularly take continuous action toward your most important goals, you activate the Momentum Principle of success. This principle says that although it may take tremendous amounts of energy to overcome inertia and get started initially, it then takes far less energy to keep going.
Brian Tracy
A man who is doing his True Will has the inertia of the Universe to assist him.
Aleister Crowley
If history is a guide, a victory for Obama means he faces the prospect of a second term dogged by scandal or inertia.
Ron Fournier
A conceived thing is doubly a product of mind, more a product of mind, if you will, than an idea, since ideas arise, so to speak,by the mind’s inertia and conceptions of things by its activity. Ideas are mental sediment; conceived things are mental growths.
George Santayana
The great thing is the start – to see an opportunity for service, and to start doing it, even though in the beginning you serve but a single customer – and him for nothing.
Robert Collier
Just like those other black holes from outer space, Hollywood is postmodern to this extent: it has no center, only a spreading dead zone of exhaustion, inertia, and brilliant decay.
Arthur Kroker
Galileo had already made a significant beginning toward a knowledge of the law of motion. He discovered the law of inertia and the law of bodies falling freely in the gravitational field of the earth.
Albert Einstein
Inertia is comforting, and Americans will be extremely reluctant to make any change that might affect their high standard of living.
Deepak Chopra
We accept the verdict of the past until the need for change cries out loudly enough to force upon us a choice between the comforts of inertia and the irksomeness of action.
Learned Hand
As pessimistic as I am about the nature of human beings and our capacity for atrocity and malevolence and betrayal and laziness and inertia, and all those things, I think we can transcend all that and set things straight.
Jordan Peterson
The human mind is scattered. We have become negligent about our distractions, inertia, confusion, doubt, fear, and anger.
Rajmani Tigunait
Once you have something so deeply infused in your culture and your brand, it would be very difficult to reverse that inertia if you wanted to.
Andrew Mason
The young are often accused of exaggerating their troubles; they do so, very often, in the hope of making some impression upon the inertia and the immovability of the selfish old.
Robertson Davies
The inertia of humans is so huge that you can’t really do anything meaningful.
James Lovelock
Like Disneyland, luxury retailers have long had to figure out how to overcome customers’ natural inertia. Unlike less pricey stores, they tend not to attract idle browsers who make impulse purchases.
Virginia Postrel
It requires courage to face and to conquer the immense weight of inertia and the dead and dying traditions and sophistications that clutter the minds of men and mould them into the mimicry of living ways.
Lawren Harris
Change is not overcoming inertia as much as it is redirecting, guiding, tweaking what already is and what has already happened. We must believe that we can make choices and that those choices can alter the future.
Max McKeown
China’s propaganda approach with the West is different than the one used by the Soviet Union, which used Western belligerence to maintain its control over its domestic audience. China’s strategy is one of influence and inertia.
Erin O’Toole
Many of the obstacles for change which have been attributed to human nature are in fact due to the inertia of institutions and to the voluntary desire of powerful classes to maintain the existing status.
John Dewey
The inventor can’t do it all, you’ve got to change people. We have an enormous capacity to invent super-machinery. But our desire to install the device is weak. Human inertia is the problem, not invention. Something in man makes him resist change.
Thomas A. Edison
All nature works, and then rests; works and rests. I caught its rhythm and worked and rested with it. When I felt that inertia stealing over me, I rested; and while resting my power recuperated – the tide rose in me.
Elizabeth Towne
Inertia is the first law of history, as it is of physics.
Morris Raphael Cohen
Christ and his teachings are the embodiment of submission, of inertia, of the denial of life; hence responsible for the things done in their name.
Emma Goldman
The way upward from inertia to illumination passes through the sphere of action.
Swami Prabhavananda
The minority of Mexicans who are aware of their own selves do not make up a closed or unchanging class. They are the only active group, in comparison with the Indian-Spanish inertia of the rest, and ever day they are shaping the country more and more into their own image.
Octavio Paz
There is a great inertia about all military operations of any size. But once this inertia has been overcome and underway they are almost as hard to arrest as to initiate.
Ernest Hemingway
Few economic problems, if any, are difficult of solution. The difficulty, all but invariably, is in confronting them. We know what needs to be done; for reasons of inertia, pecuniary interest, passion or ignorance, we do not wish to say so.
John Kenneth Galbraith
Democracy is threatened by the inertia of good people, by the selfishness of most people, and by the evil designs of a few people.
Stanley King
In North America, the greatest threat to the Jewish people is not the external force of antisemitism, but the internal forces of apathy, inertia and ignorance of our own heritage.
Michael Steinhardt
We know – intellectually – that confronting an issue is the only way to resolve it. But any resolution will disrupt the status quo. Given the choice between conflict and change on the one hand, and inertia on the other, the ostrich position can seem very attractive.
Margaret Heffernan
The content and forms of American communications-the myths and the means of transmitting them-are devoted to manipulation. When successfully employed, as they invariably are, the result is individual passivity, a state of inertia that precludes action.
Herbert Schiller
Try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity.
Maya Angelou
As each man’s strength gives out, as it no longer responds to his will, the inertia of the whole gradually comes to rest on the commander’s will alone. The ardor of his spirit must rekindle the flame of purpose in all others; his inward fire must revive their hope.
Carl von Clausewitz
We’ll look for almost any reason not to change our attitudes; the inertia of the established order is powerful. If we can think of a plausible, or even implausible, reason to discount environmental warnings, we will.
Bill McKibben
Silence is the language of inertia.
Margaret Heffernan
A man descending is propelled by inertia; the only initiative left him is whether or not he decides to enjoy the passing scene.
Guy Vanderhaeghe
Prior to the 2014 General Election, the country was passing through a phase of uncertainty. After the elections, my government assumed charge and vowed to build a New India. A New India with no place for imperfect, corrupt and inertia ridden systems.
Ram Nath Kovind
The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue, pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia, and fear, are near impotent.
Edward Dahlberg
As the week wore on, Ivan contemplated the merits of inertia as a problem-solving technique with growing favor
Lois McMaster Bujold
What kind of Dv would it take to escape history, to escape an inertia that powerful, and carve a new course? The hardest part is leaving Earth behind.
Kim Stanley
Nothing happens until something moves.
Albert Einstein
Many Americans say they want to be organ donors, but they just don’t get around to acting on their intentions. Helping these potential good Samaritans overcome their inertia could prolong thousands of lives a year.
Richard Thaler
Seek out habits that help you overcome fear or inertia. Destroy those that do the opposite.
Seth Godin
We have to tackle the triple malady which holds our villages fast in its grip; want of corporate sanitation, deficient diet and inertia.
Mahatma Gandhi
Left to its own devices, the State Department machinery tends toward inertia rather than creativity; it is always on the verge of turning itself into an enormous cable machine.
Henry A. Kissinger
I don’t think we’re yet evolved to the point where we’re clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change. The inertia of humans is so huge that you can’t really do anything meaningful.
James Lovelock
The inertia that you get from partying pays back energy to keep you partying. So, if I get tired, I just party some more, and then I feel better.
Andrew W.K.
Life leaps like a geyser for those willing to drill through the rock of inertia.
Alexis Carrel
The eager and often inconsiderate appeals of reformers and revolutionists are indispensable to counterbalance the inertia and fossilism marking so large a part of human institutions.
Walt Whitman
God and the devil lose to a common enemy: inertia.
Mignon McLaughlin
To end slavery, you must overcome the mental and physical inertia of the masses and quicken their intelligence and creative faculty.
Mahatma Gandhi
Busy idleness urges us on.
[Lat., Strenua nos exercet inertia.]
If we always take the path of least resistance, if we embrace inertia, if we never leap, if we never accept accountability for our choices, how can we find any triumph in our victories or any remorse in our losses?
Allison Winn Scotch
Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia.
Alexis Carrel
You must take the first step. The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain. But after that, everything that has to be done is real-life movement.
Ben Stein
To refuse everything, to say, even when there is something which really should be done, “Ah, that’s no longer feminist,” is a pessimistic, even masochistic tendency in women, the result of having been habituated to inertia, to pessimism.
Simone de Beauvoir
… once you get up steam, you are carried helplessly along.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
How many have gone? How many more to go? The Admiralty is fast asleep and lethargy & inertia are the order of the day. However everybody seems delighted – so there is nothing to be said. No plans, no enterprise, no struggle to aid the general cause. Just sit still on the spacious throne and snooze.
Winston Churchill
The spirit in motion heals, expands, circles in and out of the body, moving through the layers of consciousness from inertia to ecstasy. Open to the spirit, and you will be transformed.
Gabrielle Roth
I think there’s nothing worse than inertia. You can inert and study your navel and gradually you’ll fall off the chair. I think the key is to keep flying.
Ridley Scott
It is always wiser, where there is a choice, to trust inertia. It is the greatest force in the world.
Rex Stout
It is so hard to leave-until you leave.
John Green
Living things have no inertia, and tend to no equilibrium.
Thomas Huxley
Instagram, Swiffer, and Nest had to compete with consumer habits and perceptions. Breakout products face competition from the formidable inertia powering the status quo.
Jay Samit
You might find it necessary to ‘snap’ out of your mental inertia, moving slowly at first, then increasing your speed, until you gain complete control over your will. Be persistent no matter how slowly you may, at first, have to move. With persistence will come success.
Napoleon Hill
Being on a set where the director has lost control is just sickening. No one goes the extra mile, theres a lot of eye-rolling… it just breeds inertia. If a director is in control, the crew follow their leader. But the second anyone senses the directors are not sure, people just swoop in.
Christine Vachon
People naturally tend toward inertia. That’s why self improvement is such a struggle. But that’s also why adversity lies at the heart of every success. The process of achievement comes through repeated failures and the constant struggle to climb to a higher level.
John C. Maxwell
Punk is the voice that shouts the loudest from the silence of inertia.
Toyah Willcox
Depression is about as close as you get to somewhere between dead and alive, and it’s the worst.
Elizabeth Wurtzel
A nonviolent struggle necessarily involves construction on a small scale. It cannot therefore lead to tamas or darkness or inertia.
Mahatma Gandhi
The first step is the hardest.
Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand
I am adrenaline slammed into inertia: a fast car stuck in traffic.
Gayle Forman
Genius is that which forces the inertia of humanity to learn.
Henri Bergson
You must be prepared for further efforts of mind and body and further sacrifices to great causes, if you are not to fall back into the rut if inertia, the confusion of aim and the craven fear of being great.
Winston Churchill
Triviality is evil – triviality, that is, in the form of consciousness and mind that adapts itself to the world as it is, that obeys the principle of inertia. And this principle of inertia truly is what is radically evil.
Theodor Adorno
Inertia, when first encountered, appears to be an immovable force. We are creatures who like comfort, patterns, and repetition… Yet change is life’s only constant.
Laurie Beth Jones
Nothing is more tragic – or more common – than mental inertia.
Napoleon Hill
The inertia of the mind urges it to slide down the easy slope of imagination, rather than to climb the steep slope of introspection.
Marcel Proust
You see often it’s not ideas, it’s inertia, it’s bureaucratism, it’s all the other things that sometimes come in the way of a good idea.
Vijay Prashad
I think there’s nothing worse than inertia. You can be inert and study your navel, and gradually fall off the chair. I think the key is to keep flying.
Ridley Scott
Maybe it was inertia -or worse, fear- that was keeping me in the same place.
Jennifer Weiner
I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities; above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language.
Italo Calvino
Fix’d like a plant on his peculiar spot,
To draw nutrition, propagate and rot.
Alexander Pope
So many fail because they don’t get started – they don’t go. They don’t overcome inertia. They don’t begin.
Ben Stein
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
One of the useful things about age is realizing conventional wisdom is often simply inertia with a candy coating of conformity.
Anna Quindlen
There were two unpleasant surprises [about Washington]. One was the inertia of Congress, the length of time it takes to get a complicated piece of legislation through … and the other was the irresponsibility of the press.
Jimmy Carter
Without conscious and deliberate effort, inertia always wins
Tony Hsieh
I remember the moon landings, and Apollo was the paradigm by which all progress was measured at that time. And I knew that creating a true space-faring civilization was both possible and practical. What I failed to realize was that the effort would fail due to bureaucratic inertia and political apathy.
Karl Schroeder