Selected Quotes about Progress

Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit. -- Felix Adler

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things. -- Russell Baker

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income. -- Samuel Butler

I believe there is a chance for progress if countries worried about services and market access can make some concessions and America and Europe can look again at agricultural protectionism. -- David Cameron

Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb. -- Sir Winston Churchill

Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change. Education is essential to change, for education creates both new wants and the ability to satisfy them. -- Henry Steele Commager

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of the imagination. -- John Dewey

Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress. -- Thomas A. Edison

What we call 'Progress' is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance. -- Havelock Ellis

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. -- Henry Ford

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. -- Sigmund Freud

Five years ago, using the Net to buy a car or trade stock or earn college credits was revolutionary, ... So why not envision a day when we vote with much greater convenience -- from our home or workplace -- or a day beyond that when issues are presented to all the people of the world and we vote as a global statement of individual preference without regard for conventions like political parties or national borders? -- Lou Gerstner

All that is human must retrograde if it do not advance. -- Edward Gibbon

I have been quoted saying that, in the future, all companies will be Internet companies. I still believe that. More than ever. -- Andrew Grove

I think Amazon is the preeminent pioneer in building a new way of doing commerce: personalized, database-driven commerce, where the big value is not in the purchase fulfillment, but in knowing as much about a customer base of ten or twenty million people as a corner store used to know about a customer base of a few hundred. -- Andrew Grove

The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn't matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark. -- Barbara Hall

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thinking is progress. Non-thinking is stagnation of the individual, organisation and the country. Thinking leads to action. Knowledge without action is useless and irrelevant. Knowledge with action, converts adversity into prosperity. -- Abdul Kalam

Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. -- HH the Dalai Lama

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson of statecraft. -- James Russell Lowell

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race. -- Don Marquis

Employees want to progress. Businesses need to provide a growth path, which becomes increasingly difficult in a shrinking economy. -- Chuck Martin

Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included. -- Karl Marx

I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air that progress made under the shadow of the policeman's club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave. -- H. L. Mencken

Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long. -- Ogden Nash

You only grow when you are alone. -- Paul Newman

The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is outgrossing my films. -- Paul Newman

Change is vital, improvement the logical form of change. -- James Cash Penney

The keystone of successful business is cooperation. Friction retards progress. -- James Cash Penney

Never discourage anyone ... who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. -- Plato

You can't say civilization don't advance -- for in every war, they kill you in a new way. -- Will Rogers

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. -- George Bernard Shaw

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. -- George Bernard Shaw

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. -- Henry David Thoreau

If I were required to guess off-hand, and without collusion with higher minds, what is the bottom cause of the amazing material and intellectual advancement of the last fifty years, I should guess that it was the modern-born and previously non-existent disposition on the part of men to believe that a new idea can have value. -- Mark Twain

Time and tide wait for no man. A pompous and self-satisfied proverb, and was true for a billion years; but in our day of electric wires and water-ballast we turn it around: Man waits not for time nor tide. -- Mark Twain

This is a very crucial time in the evolution of humanity toward a much higher consciousness, and some teachings will support that progress while others will not. -- James Twyman

Spiritual progress is like detoxification. Things have to come up in order to be released. Once we have asked to be healed, then our unhealed places are forced to the surface. -- Marianne Williamson

Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science of the ordered progress of society along the lines of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself. -- Woodrow Wilson

You can’t drive a knife into a man’s back nine inches, pull it out six inches, and call it progress. -- Malcolm X

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