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Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
      - Edward Abbey

But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
      - Bible, Deuteronomy (ch. XXXII, v. 15)

What? Was man made a wheel-work to wind up,
  And be discharged, and straight wound up anew?
    No! grown, his growth lasts; taught, he ne'er forgets;
      May learn a thousand things, not twice the same.
      - Robert Browning, A Death in the Desert
         (l. 447)

Don't go through life, grow through life.
      - Eric Butterworth

Treading beneath their feet all visible things,
  As steps that upwards to their Father's throne
    Lead gradual.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Religious Musings

The lofty oak from a small acorn grows.
      - Lewis Duncombe,
        Translation of De Minimis Maxima

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
      - Albert Einstein

He builded better than he knew--
  The conscious stone to beauty grew.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man seems the only growth that dwindles here.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 126)

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley

It is not growing like a tree
  In bulk, doth make man better be;
    Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,
      To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere:
        A lily of a day
          Is fairer far in May,
            Although it falls and die that night--
              It was the plant and flower of Light.
      - Ben Jonson,
        Pindaric Ode on the Death of Sir H. Morison

A lover of Jesus and of the truth . . . can lift himself above himself in spirit.
  [Lat., Amator Jesu et veritatis . . . potest se . . . elevare supra seipsum in spiritu.]
      - Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ
         (II, 1)

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.
      - Max Lerner

Nor deem the irrevocable Past,
  As wholly wasted, wholly vain,
    If, rising on its wrecks, at last
      To something nobler we attain.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Ladder of St. Augustine

Our pleasures and our discontents,
  Are rounds by which we may ascend.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Ladder of St. Augustine (st. 2)

And so all growth that is not towards God
  Is growing to decay.
      - George MacDonald, Within and Without
         (pt. I, sc. 3)

All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
      - Henry Miller

Arts and sciences are not cast in a mould, but are found and perfected by degrees, by often handling and polishing, as bears leisurely lick their clubs into shape.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
        Apology for Raimond Sebond
         (bk. II, ch. XII)

"Oh! what a vile and abject thing is man unless he can erect himself above humanity." Here is a bon mot and a useful desire, but equally absurd. For to make the handful bigger than the hand, the armful bigger then the arm, and to hope to stride further than the stretch of our legs, is impossible and monstrous. . . . He may lift himself if God lend him His hand of special grace; he may lift himself . . . by means wholly celestial. It is for our Christian religion, and not for his Stoic virtue, to pretend to this divine and miraculous metamorphosis.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. II, ch. XII)

Alas! worse every day! this colony grows backward like the tail of a calf.
  [Lat., Heu quotidie pejus! haec colonia retroversus crescit tanquam coda vituli.]
      - Petronius (Caius Petronius Arbiter), Cena

He is of the race of the mushroom; he covers himself altogether with his head.
  [Lat., Fungino genere est; capite se totum tegit.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Trinummus
         (IV, 2, 9)

Besides that, when elsewhere the harvest of wheat is most abundant, there it comes up less by one-fourth than what you have sowed. There, methinks, it were a proper place for men to sow their wild oats, where they would not spring up.
  [Lat., Post id, frumenti quum alibi messis maxima'st
    Tribus tantis illi minus reddit, quam obseveris.
      Heu! istic oportet obseri mores malos,
        Si in obserendo possint interfieri.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Trinummus
         (IV, r, 128)

Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 136)

'Tis thus the mercury of man is fix'd,
  Strong grows the virtue with his nature mix'd.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 178)

In a narrow circle the mind contracts.
  Man grows with his expanded needs.
    [Ger., Im engen Kreis verengert sich der Sinn.
      Es wachst der Mensch mit seinen grossern Zwecken.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Prolog (I, 59)

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