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45 Progress Quotes

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

C.S. Lewis Quotes

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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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 Quotes , Source: Life Thoughts

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A man prepared has half fought the battle. [Sp., Hombre apercebido medio combatido.]

Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) Quotes , Source: Don Quixote (2, 7)

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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 Quotes , Source: Progress and Poverty--Introductory--The Problem

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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 Quotes

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Mayday

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

Henry George Quotes , Source: Progress and Poverty--Introductory--The Problem

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Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.

Mark Victor Hansen Quotes

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The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quotes

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Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

Albert Einstein Quotes

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Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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He who moves not forward, goes backward

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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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 Quotes

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Doubt can only be removed by action.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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Westward the star of empire takes its way.

John Quincy Adams Quotes , Source: in an oration at Plymouth, Massachusetts

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All rising to great place is by a winding stair.

John Quincy Adams Quotes , Source: in an oration at Plymouth, Massachusetts

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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 Quotes , Source: Verses, on the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America

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What is art But life upon the larger scale, the higher, When, graduating up in a spiral line Of still expanding and ascending gyres, It pushed toward the intense significance Of all things, hungry for the Infinite? Art's life--and where we live, we suffer and toil.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes , Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. IV, l. 1,150)

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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 Quotes , Source: A Death in the Desert

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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 Quotes , Source: Paracelsus (last page)

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

Robert Browning Quotes , Source: Paracelsus (pt. V)

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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 (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross) Quotes , Source: The Spanish Gypsy (bk. III, song)

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

Henry Havelock Ellis Quotes , Source: Impressions and Comments

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