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

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

He who moves not forward goes backward!
  A capital saying!
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Hermann and Dorothea (canto III, l. 66)

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

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,
        Rule of the "Harry Wadsworth Club"
         (ch. IV), from "Ten Times One in Ten"

All attempts to urge men forward, even in the right path, beyond the measure of their light, are impracticable; and unlawful, if they were practicable; augment their light, conciliate their affections, and they will follow of their own accord.
      - Robert Hall

Some men so dislike the dust kicked up by the generation they belong to, that, being unable to pass, they lag behind it.
      - Augustus William Hare

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Every age has its problem, by solving which humanity is helped forward.
      - Heinrich Heine

Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.
      - Thor Heyerdahl

Cost is the father and compensation the mother of progress.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Every man who strikes blows for power, for influence, for institutions, for the right, must be just as good an anvil as he is a hammer.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

The greatest evils of society are goods that have refused to go on, but have sat down on the highway, saying to the world, "We stop here; do you stop also."
      - Julia Ward Howe (Howel)

Progress,--the stride of God!
      - Victor Hugo

Not because I raise myself above something but because I raise myself to something, do I approve myself.
      - Hermann Jacobi

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
      - Thomas Jefferson

There is a frightful interval between the seed and the timber.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Progress, under whose feet the grass mourns and the forest turns into paper from which newspaper plants grow, has subordinated the purpose of life to the means of subsistence and turned us into the nuts and bolts for our tools.
      - Karl Kraus

Every time that a people which has long crouched in slavery and ignorance is moved to its lowest depths there appear monsters and heroes, prodigies of crime and prodigies of virtue.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Is it progress if a cannibal uses knife and fork?
      - Stanislaw Lec, Unkempt Thoughts

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, Crowds
         (pt. II, ch. III)

I will go anywhere, provided it is forward.
      - David Livingstone

However slow the progress of mankind may be, or however imperceptible the gain in a single generation, the advancement is evident enough in the long run. There was a time when the most part of the inhabitants of Britain would have been as much startled at questioning the truth of the doctrine of transubstantiation as they would in this age at the most sceptical doubts on the being of a God.
      - John Locke (1)

It is curious to note the old sea-margins of human thought. Each subsiding century reveals some new mystery; we build where monsters used to hide themselves.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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, Festina Lente--Moral

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