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PROGRESS
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[ Also see Ambition Change Civilization Creation Evolution Experience Futurity Growth Improvement Reform Self-improvement Success ]

The art of nations is to be accumulative, just as science and history are; the work of living men not superseding, but building itself upon the work of the past.
      - John Ruskin

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, Man and Superman

The true law of the race is progress and development. Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.
      - William Gilmore Simms

The march of intellect.
      - Robert Southey,
        Sir Thos. More; or, Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society
         (vol. II, p. 361)

The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
  [Fr., L'esprit humain fait progres toujours, mais c'est progres en spirale.]
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

If you strike a thorn or rose,
  Keep a-goin'!
    If it hails or if it snows,
      Keep a-goin'!
        'Tain't no use to sit and whine
          'Cause the fish ain't on your line;
            Bait you hook an' keep on tryin',
              Keep a-goin'!
      - Frank Lebby Stanton, Keep a-goin'

Progress comes by experiment, and this from ennui that leads to voyages, wars, revolutions, and plainly to change in the arts of expression; that cries out to the imagination, and is the nurse of the invention whereof we term necessity the mother.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman

We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.
      - Tom Stoppard

Moral excellence is the bright consummate flower of all progress.
      - Charles Sumner

When old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.
      - Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (37)

The stone that is rolling can gather no moss.
  Who often removeth is suer of loss.
      - Thomas Tusser,
        Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry--Lessons
         (st. 46)

He who has not the spirit of this age, has all the misery of it.
  [Fr., Qui n'a pas l'esprit de son age,
    De son age a tout le malheur.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Lettre a Cideville

Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas.
      - Alfred North Whitehead

Progress imposes not only new possibilities for the future but new restrictions.
      - Norbert Wiener

Press on!--"For in the grave there is no work
  And no device"--Press on! while yet ye may!
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis,
        From a Poem Delivered at Yale College
         (l. 45)

Without deviation, progress is not possible.
      - Frank Zappa

Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting progress in the arts and sciences and a flourishing socialist culture in our land.
      - Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-Tung) (Chairman Mao)


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