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Progress quotes and quotations

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

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

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.
Charles Caleb Colton

Speak softly, and carry a big stick; you will go far.
Theodore Roosevelt

Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork?
Stanislaw Lem

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
Abraham Lincoln

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

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

Westward the star of empire takes its way.
John Quincy Adams

Laws and institutions are constantly tending to gravitate. Like clocks, they must be occasionally cleansed, and wound up, and set to true time.
Henry Ward Beecher

Westward the course of empire takes its way; The four first Acts already past, A fifth shall close the Drama with the day; Time's noblest offspring is the last.
Bishop George Berkeley

Finds progress, man's distinctive mark alone, Not God's, and not the beast's; God is, they are, Man partly is, and wholly hopes to be.
Robert Browning

All rising to great place is by a winding stair.
John Quincy Adams

Like plants in mines, which never saw the sun, But dream of him, and guess where he may be, And do the best to climb, and get to him.
Robert Browning

A man prepared has half fought the battle.

All things journey: sun and moon, Morning, noon, and afternoon, Night and all her stars; 'Twixt the east and western bars Round they journey, Come and go! We go with them!
George Eliot

Progress is The law of life, man is not Man as yet.
Robert Browning

What we call "progress " is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.
Henry Havelock Ellis

And striving to be Man, the worm Mounts through all the spires of form.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.
Henry George

With every passing hour our solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster 13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who moves not forward goes backward! A capital saying!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is no advancement to him who stands trembling because he cannot see the end from the beginning.
E. J. Klemme

I have found some of the best reasons I ever had for remaining at the bottom simply by looking at the men at the top.
Frank Moore Colby

Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still?
Henry George

New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth; They must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.
James Russell Lowell

Those who work most for the world's advancement are the ones who demand least.
Henry Doherty

"Spiral!" the memorable Lady terms Our mind's ascent.
George Meredith

That in our proper motion we ascend Up to our native seat; descent and fall To give us is adverse.
John Milton

From lower to the higher next, Not to the top, is Nature's text; And embryo good, to reach full stature, Absorbs the evil in its nature.
James Russell Lowell

Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.
Alexander Pope

To look up and not down, To look forward and not back, To look out and not in--and To lend a hand.
Edward Everett Hale

Is it progress if a cannibal uses knife and fork?
Stanislaw Lec

I have seen that Man moves over with each new generation into a bigger body, more awful, more reverent and more free than he has had before.
Gerald Stanley Lee

So long as all the increased wealth which modern progress brings, goes but to build up great fortunes, to increase luxury, and make sharper the contest between the House of Have and the House of Want, progress is not real and cannot be permanent.
Henry George

What follows I flee; what flees I ever pursue.

Progress is the process whereby the human race is getting rid of whiskers, the veriform appendix and God.
H. L. Mencken

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, but the unreasonable man tries to adapt the world to him--therefore, all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.
Samuel Butler

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

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

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

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