quotations about progress
We have a stake in one another ... what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart, and ... if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done for the people with whom we share this Earth.
BARACK OBAMA, speech, December 1, 2006
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.
EMMA GOLDMAN, "What I Believe", Red Emma Speaks
I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.
Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.
FREDERICK B. WILCOX, attributed, The Federal Accountant, 1975
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, Maxims for Revolutionists
Progress is a set of assumptions.
EDWARD ALBEE, Seascape
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. All the higher instincts of our nature prophesy its approach; and the best intellects of the race are struggling to turn that prophecy into fulfilment.
HORACE MANN, A Few Thoughts for a Young Man
Speculation and the exploration of ideas beyond what we know with certainty are what lead to progress.
LISA RANDALL, New York Times, September 18, 2005
There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.
BRUCE LEE, attributed, The Art of Expressing the Human Body
The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you've come.
IAN KNABEL, attributed, Inspirably
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
KHALIL GIBRAN, The Madman: His Parables & Poems
Every step of progress which the world has made has been from scaffold to scaffold, and from stake to stake.
WENDELL PHILLIPS, speech on the rights of women at the convention at Worcester, October 15-16, 1851
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
FRANK ZAPPA, interview, Rampike, 1990
Little by little, a little becomes a lot.
Man is a progressive being, and every enterprise in which he engages should be carried forward in obedience to this law of his nature.
JAMES LYSANDER ENOS, attributed, Day's Collacon
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER, attributed, Edgewalkers: People and Organizations That Take Risks, Build Bridges, and Break New Ground
Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.
HERBERT HOOVER, State of the Union Address, December 2, 1930
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
SAMUEL BUTLER, Note Books
So long as all the increased wealth which modern progress brings goes but to build up great fortunes, to increase luxury and make sharper the contrast between the House of Have and the House of Want, progress is not real and cannot be permanent.
HENRY GEORGE, Progress and Poverty
The march of the human mind is slow.
EDMUND BURKE, speech on conciliation with America, 1775