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A list of the best progress quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous progress quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic progress quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

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    The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know.

    Gaston Bachelard More
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    Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.

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    The grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older, and societies better.

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    New roads; new ruts.

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    All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

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    The reason for the slow progress of the world seems to lie in a single fact. Every man is born under the yoke, and grows up beneath the oppressions of his age. He can only get a vision of the unselfish forces in the world by appealing to them, and every appeal is a call to arms. If he fights he must fight, not one man, but a conspiracy. He is always at war with a civilization. On his side is proverbial philosophy, a galaxy of invisible saints and sages, and the half-developed consciousness and professions of everybody. Against him is the world, and every selfish passion in his own heart.

    John Jay Chapman More
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    All progress is experimental.

    John Jay Chapman More
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    He that is good, will infallibly become better, and he that is bad, will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue and time are three things that never stand still.

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    My own experience and development deepen everyday my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.

    George Eliot More
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    What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another.

    Havelock Ellis More
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    The walking of Man is falling forwards.

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    The greatest enemy of progress is not stagnation, but false progress.

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    Perhaps the best definition of progress would be the continuing efforts of men and women to narrow the gap between the convenience of the powers that be and the unwritten charter.

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    new! Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.

    Calvin Coolidge More
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    Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.

    Thomas Edison More
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    Nothing recedes like progress.

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    The world is moving so fast now-a-days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.

    Elbert Hubbard More
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    Human development is a form of chronological unfairness, since late-comers are able to profit by the labors of their predecessors without paying the same price.

    Alexander Herzen More
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    Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?

    Stanisław Jerzy Lec More
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    This world owes all its forward impulses to people ill at ease.

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    The slogan of progress is changing from the full dinner pail to the full garage.

    Herbert Hoover More
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    I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.

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    When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before.

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    Progress is the life-style of man. The general life of the human race is called Progress, and so is its collective march. Progress advances, it makes the great human and earthly journey towards what is heavenly and divine; it has its pauses, when it rallies the stragglers, its stopping places when it meditates, contemplating some new and splendid promised land that has suddenly appeared on its horizon. It has its nights of slumber; and it is one of the poignant anxieties of the thinker to see the human spirit lost in shadow, and to grope in the darkness without being able to awake sleeping progress.

    Victor Hugo More
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    Progress is the stride of God.

    Victor Hugo More
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    The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.

    John F. Kennedy More
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    Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring, through obeying the blind urge.

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    Progress might have been alright once, but it has gone on too long.

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    Progress, under whose feet the grass mourns and the forest turns into paper from which newspaper plants grow, has subordinated the purpose of life to the means of subsistence and turned us into the nuts and bolts for our tools.

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    Progress celebrates victories over nature. Progress makes purses out of human skin. When people were traveling in mail coaches, the world got ahead better than it does now that salesmen fly through the air. What good is speed if the brain has oozed out on the way? How will the heirs of this age be taught the most basic motions that are necessary to activate the most complicated machines? Nature can rely on progress; it will avenge it for the outrage it has perpetrated on it.

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    All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

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    Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

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    The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.

    Philip Roth More
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    A process which led from the amoebae to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress -- though whether the amoebae would agree with this opinion is not known.

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    Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual.

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    All progress means war with society.

    George Bernard Shaw More
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    Once an organization loses its spirit of pioneering and rests on its early work, its progress stops.

    Thomas J. Watson More
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    Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.

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    I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.

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    We have not wings we cannot soar; but, we have feet to scale and climb, by slow degrees, by more and more, the cloudy summits of our time.

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    Time advances: facts accumulate; doubts arise. Faint glimpses of truth begin to appear, and shine more and more unto the perfect day. The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and to reflect the dawn. They are bright, while the level below is still in darkness. But soon the light, which at first illuminated only the loftiest eminences, descends on the plain, and penetrates to the deepest valley. First come hints, then fragments of systems, then defective systems, then complete and harmonious systems. The sound opinion, held for a time by one bold speculator, becomes the opinion of a small minority, of a strong minority, of a majority of mankind. Thus, the great progress goes on.

    Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay More
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    Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!

    Og Mandino More
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    It is curious to note the old sea-margins of human thought! Each subsiding century reveals some new mystery; we build where monsters used to hide themselves.

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    Today, the notion of progress in a single line without goal or limit seems perhaps the most parochial notion of a very parochial century.

    Lewis Mumford More
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    Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.

    George Orwell More
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    A radical is one of whom people say He goes too far. A conservative, on the other hand, is one who doesn't go far enough. Then there is the reactionary, one who doesn't go at all. All these terms are more or less objectionable, wherefore we have

    Woodrow Wilson More
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    Enthusiastic partisans of the idea of progress are in danger of failing to recognize... the immense riches accumulated by the human race. By underrating the achievements of the past, they devalue all those which still remain to be accomplished.

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    Most people are in favor of progress, it's the changes they don't like.

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    Today's progress was yesterday's plan.

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    The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.

    Alfred North Whitehead More
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