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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, Present Crisis

Even Holland and Spain have been positively, though not relatively, advancing.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

All growth that is not towards God is growing to decay.
      - George MacDonald

Let us labor for that larger and larger comprehension of truth, that more and more thorough repudiation of error, which shall make the history of mankind a series of ascending developments.
      - Horace Mann

Beneath this starry arch,
  Naught resteth or is still;
    But all things hold their march
      As if by one great will.
        Move one, move all:
          Hark to the footfall!
            On, on, forever.
      - Harriet Martineau

The first party of painted savages who raised a few huts upon the Thames did not dream of the London they were creating, or know that in lighting the fire on their hearth they were kindling one of the great foci of Time. * * * * */All the grand agencies which the progress of mankind evolves are formed in the same unconscious way. They are the aggregate result of countless single wills, each of which, thinking merely of its own end, and perhaps fully gaining it, is at the same time enlisted by Providence in the secret service of the world.
      - James Martineau

Expositions are the timekeepers of progress.
      - William McKinley

"Spiral!" the memorable Lady terms
  Our mind's ascent.
      - George Meredith, The World's Advance,
        in notes to Meredith's "Poetical Works", G.M. Trevelyan says the Lady is Mrs. Browning

Any society which is not improving is deteriorating, and the more so the closer and more familiar it is. Even a really superior man almost always begins to deteriorate when he is habitually king of his company.
      - John Stuart Mill

That in our proper motion we ascend
  Up to our native seat; descent and fall
    To give us is adverse.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. II, l. 75)

We are never present with, but always beyond ourselves. Fear, desire, and hope are still pushing us on towards the future.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Woman has so long been subject to the disabilities and restrictions with which her progress has been embarrassed that she has become enervated, her mind to some extent paralyzed; and like those still more degraded by personal bondage she hugs her chains.
      - Lucretia Coffin Mott

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

What follows I flee; what flees I ever pursue.
  [Lat., Quod sequitur, fugio; quod fugit, usque sequor.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (II, 19, 36)

Mankind never loses any good thing, physical, intellectual, or moral, till it finds a better, and then the loss is a gain. No steps backward is the rule of human history. What is gained by one man is invested in all men, and is a permanent investment for all time.
      - Theodore Parker

By a peculiar prerogative, not only each individual is making daily advances in the sciences, and may make advances in morality (which is the science, by way of eminence, of living well and being happy), but all mankind together are making a continual progress in proportion as the universe grows older; so that the whole human race, during the course of so many ages, may be considered as one man, who never ceases to live and learn.
      - Blaise Pascal

The mind naturally makes progress, and the will naturally clings to objects; so that for want of right objects, it will attach itself to wrong ones.
      - Blaise Pascal

Every step of progress which the world has made has been from scaffold to scaffold, and from stake to stake.
      - Wendell Phillips

The slowest of us cannot but admit that the world moves.
      - Wendell Phillips

Row on [whatever happens].
  [Lat., Vogue la galere.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Gargantua (I, 3)

Our course heavenward is something like the plan of the zealous pilgrims to Jerusalem of old, who for every three steps forward took one backward.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

We do more talking progress than we do progressing.
      - Will Rogers

There is a period of life when we go back as we advance.
  [Fr., Il est un terme de la vie au-dela duquel en retrograde en avancant.]
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile (II)

All the best things and treasures of this world are not to be produced by each generation for itself; but we are all intended, not to carve our work in snow that will melt, but each and all of us to be continually rolling a great white gathering snow-ball, higher and higher, larger and larger, along the Alps of human power.
      - John Ruskin

He only is advancing in life whose heart is getting softer, whose blood warmer, whose brain quicker, whose spirit is entering into living peace.
      - John Ruskin

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