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Westward the star of empire takes its way.
      - John Quincy Adams,
        in an oration at Plymouth, Massachusetts

Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself.
      - Jane Addams

Modern invention has banished the spinning-wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of to-day a different woman from her grandmother.
      - Susan B. Anthony

All rising to a great place is by a winding stair.
      - Francis Bacon

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

Humanity, in the aggregate, is progressing, and philanthropy looks forward hopefully.
      - Hosea Ballou

What pains and tears the slightest steps of man's progress have cost! Every hair-breadth forward has been in the agony of some soul, and humanity has reached blessing after blessing of all its vast achievement of good with bleeding feet.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

We should so live and labor in our time that what came to us as seed may go to the next generation as blossom, and that what came to us as blossom may go to them as fruit. This is what we mean by progress.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

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, Life Thoughts

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

Indeed, 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; societies better.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Intellectually, as politically, the direction of all true progress is towards greater freedom, and along an endless succession of ideas.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

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, Aurora Leigh
         (bk. IV, l. 1,150)

Progress is the law of life,--man is not man as yet.
      - Robert Browning

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, A Death in the Desert

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, Paracelsus (last page)

Progress is
  The law of life, man is not
    Man as yet.
      - Robert Browning, Paracelsus (pt. V)

A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

By the disposition of a stupendous wisdom, moulding together the great mysterious incorporation of the human race, the whole, at one time, is never old, or middle-aged, or young; but, in a condition of unchangeable constancy, moves on through the varied tenor of perpetual decay, fall, renovation, and progression.
      - Edmund Burke

Generations are as the days of toilsome mankind; death and birth are the vesper and the matin bells that summon mankind to sleep and to rise refreshed for new advancement. What the father has made, the son can make and enjoy; but has also work of his own appointed him. Thus all things wax and roll onwards: arts, establishments, opinions, nothing is ever completed, but ever completing.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Living movement.
      - Thomas Carlyle

A man prepared has half fought the battle.
  [Sp., Hombre apercebido medio combatido.]
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (2, 7)

The individual and the race are always moving, and as we drift into new latitudes new lights open in the heaven more immediately over us.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Society moves slowly towards civilization, but when we compare epochs half a century or even quarter of a century apart, we perceive many signs that progress is made.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

We are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.
      - James Freeman Clarke

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