Progress Quotes

Most popular progress quotes

Progress is a comfortable disease.
Progress is the mother of Problems.
Error is the price we pay for progress.


Nothing happens until something is sold.
Is it progress if a cannibal uses knife and a fork?
Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.
Progress is 
The law of life: man is not Man as yet.
Anybody who feels at ease in the world today is a fool.


All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress.

environment mankind

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
Doubt begins only at the last frontiers of what is possible.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
And from the discontent of man
The world's best progress springs.


Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
And, step by step, since time began,
I see the steady gain of man.
Progress might have been alright once, but it has gone on too long.


Progress begins with the belief that what is necessary is possible.


Progress might have been all right once, but it's gone on too long.
The Wright brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.


What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.
Progress... is not an accident, but a is a part of nature.
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I've invented.


Progress everywhere today does seem to come so very heavily disguised as Chaos.
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.


A thousand things advance, nine hundred and ninety-eight retreat: this is progress.
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
As soon as we are shown the existence of something old in a new thing, we are pacified.
The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.


You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
It is the customary fate of new truths, to begin as heresies, and to end as superstitions.


Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.


Our ability to create has outreached our ability to use wisely the products of our invention.


No progress in humanity is possible unless it shakes off the yoke of authority and tradition.

authority tradition

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.


The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.
The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.
Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring, through obeying the blind urge.
The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
Martyrs are needed to create incidents. Incidents are needed to create revolutions. Revolutions are needed to create progress.


The history of Western science confirms the aphorism that the great menace to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.
The first undertakers in all great Attempts commonly miscarry, and leave the Advantages of their Losses to those that come after them.
Under the sublime law of progress, the present outgrows the past. The great heart of humanity is heaving with the hopes of a brighter day.
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When...experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual.
The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.


The march of social progress is like a long and struggling parade, with the seers and prophets at its head and a smug minority bringing up the rear.
The new growth in the plant swelling against the sheath, which at the same time imprisons and protects it, must still be the truest type of progress.
Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man's power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened.
There is a subtle danger in a man thinking that he is "fixed" for life. It indicates that the next jolt of the wheel of progress is going to fling him off.
All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud. You first have an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud, and fruit.
The brutalities of progress are called revolutions.  When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.


It was luxuries like air conditioning that brought down the Roman Empire. With air conditioning their windows were shut, they couldn't hear the barbarians coming.
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.
The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man's right to his body, or woman's right to her soul.
Human intellectual progress, such as it has been, results from our long struggle to see things "as they are," or in the most universally comprehensive way, and not as projections of our own emotions.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable ... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. He is supported on crutches, but lacks so much support of muscle. He has a fine Geneva watch, but he fails of the skill to tell the hour by the sun.


It is the duty of youth to bring its fresh new powers to bear on social progress. Each generation of young people should be to the world like a vast reserve force to a tired army. They should lift the world forward. That is what they are for.


Every gain made by individuals or societies is almost instantly taken for granted. The luminous ceiling toward which we raise our longing eyes becomes, when we have climbed to the next floor, a stretch of disregarded linoleum beneath our feet.


The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.
All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure."

doubt morals

In the 1940s, a survey listed the top seven discipline problems in public schools: talking, chewing gum, making noise, running in the halls, getting out of turn in line, wearing improper clothes, not putting paper in wastebaskets. A 1990s survey lists these top seven: drug abuse, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery, assault.