Progress Quotes


Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

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.

Man and Superman

George Bernard Shaw

Man and Superman

Never confuse movement with action.

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.

Girls you've gotta know when it's time to turn the page.

Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.

Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.

The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.

So, why do you write these strong female characters?
Because you’re still asking me that question."
[
Equality Now
speech, May 15, 2006]

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

Inequality    Kindness    Money    Poverty    Progress    Wealth

...But the Mahommedan religion increases, instead of lessening, the fury of intolerance. It was originally propagated by the sword, and ever since, its votaries have been subject, above the people of all other creeds, to this form of madness. In a moment the fruits of patient toil, the prospects of material prosperity, the fear of death itself, are flung aside. The more emotional Pathans are powerless to resist. All rational considerations are forgotten. Seizing their weapons, they become Ghazis—as dangerous and as sensible as mad dogs: fit only to be treated as such. While the more generous spirits among the tribesmen become convulsed in an ecstasy of religious bloodthirstiness, poorer and more material souls derive additional impulses from the influence of others, the hopes of plunder and the joy of fighting. Thus whole nations are roused to arms. Thus the Turks repel their enemies, the Arabs of the Soudan break the British squares, and the rising on the Indian frontier spreads far and wide. In each case civilisation is confronted with militant Mahommedanism. The forces of progress clash with those of reaction. The religion of blood and war is face to face with that of peace.

Arabs    British    Civilization    Creeds    Death    Ecstasy    Emotional    Fear    Fear of death    Fighting    Force    Fury    Generous    Hope    Indian    Influence    Intolerance    Islam    Joy    Mad dogs    Madness    Militant    Mohammedan    Muslim    Peace    Plunder    Progress    Prosperity    Religious bloodthirstiness    Religious violence    Soudan    Turks    Weapons

Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turn, then to go forward does not get you any nearer.
If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.

No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere.

We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow. With out them we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence.

To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.

Boats    Perseverance    Progress    Sailing    Sea

And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.

Player Piano

Kurt Vonnegut

Player Piano

Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.

The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it's easy to fall off.

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.

Doubt    Future    Present    Progress

We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.

Distance    Future    Inspirational    Progress    Science    Vision    Work

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.

All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

Mrs. Warren's Profession

George Bernard Shaw

Mrs. Warren's Profession

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.

It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.

...[G]reat progress was evident in the last Congress of the American 'Labour Union' in that among other things, it treated working women with complete equality. While in this respect the English, and still more the gallant French, are burdened with a spirit of narrow-mindedness. Anybody who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without the feminine ferment. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex (the ugly ones included).

American    English    Equality    Feminism    French    History    Humor    Labor union    Progress    Social change

We have laboured long to build a heaven, only to find it populated with horrors.

Well, I always know what I want. And when you know what you want--you go toward it. Sometimes you go very fast, and sometimes only an inch a year. Perhaps you feel happier when you go fast. I don't know. I've forgotten the difference long ago, because it really doesn't matter, so long as you move.

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.

Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure.

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.

We do not have to be ashamed of what we are. As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Nevertheless, we have soil good enough to cultivate; we can plant anything in it.

The purpose of fear is to raise your awareness not to stop your progress.

Action    Fear    Life    Motivational    Progress

Ideas and not battles mark the forward progress of mankind.

Battles    Conflict    Ideas    Intelligence    Progress    War

There can be no progress without head-on confrontation.

Progress is not an illusion; it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.

When you do what you love, the seemingly impossible becomes simply challenging, the laborious becomes purposeful resistance, the difficult loses its edge and is trampled by your progress.

Action    Challenges    Life    Love    Motivational    Progress    Purposeful

We've forgotten much. How to struggle, how to rise to dizzy heights and sink to unparalleled depths. We no longer aspire to anything. Even the finer shades of despair are lost to us. We've ceased to be runners. We plod from structure to conveyance to employment and back again. We live within the boundaries that science has determined for us. The measuring stick is short and sweet. The full gamut of life is a brief, shadowy continuum that runs from gray to more gray. The rainbow is bleached. We hardly know how to doubt anymore. (The Thing)

Reshaping life! People who can say that have never understood a thing about life—they have never felt its breath, its heartbeat—however much they have seen or done. They look on it as a lump of raw material that needs to be processed by them, to be ennobled by their touch. But life is never a material, a substance to be molded. If you want to know, life is the principle of self-renewal, it is constantly renewing and remaking and changing and transfiguring itself, it is infinitely beyond your or my obtuse theories about it.

But to unite in a permanent religious institution which is not to be subject to doubt before the public even in the lifetime of one man, and thereby to make a period of time fruitless in the progress of mankind toward improvement, thus working to the disadvantage of posterity - that is absolutely forbidden.
For himself (and only for a short time) a man may postpone enlightenment in what he ought to know, but to renounce it for posterity is to injure and trample on the rights of mankind
.

Maybe you who condemn me are in greater fear than I who am condemned.

Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.

Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.

The ugliest thing in America is greed, the lust for power and domination, the lunatic ideology of perpetual Growth - with a capital G. 'Progress' in our nation has for too long been confused with 'Growth'; I see the two as different, almost incompatible, since progress means, or should mean, change for the better - toward social justice, a livable and open world, equal opportunity and affirmative action for all forms of life. And I mean all forms, not merely the human. The grizzly, the wolf, the rattlesnake, the condor, the coyote, the crocodile, whatever, each and every species has as much right to be here as we do.

We have undoubtedly achieved Pakistan, and that too without bloody war, practically peacefully, by moral and intellectual force, and with the power of the pen, which is no less mighty than that of the sword and so our righteous cause has triumphed. Are we now going to besmear and tarnish this greatest achievement for which there is no parallel in the history of the world? Pakistan is now a fait accompli and it can never be undone, besides, it was the only just, honourable, and practical solution of the most complex constitutional problem of this great subcontinent. Let us now plan to build and reconstruct and regenerate our great nation...

Islam    Jinnah    Muslim    Pakistan    Partition    Peace    Progress

Stay away from conflictive, negative people that pull you down, because they contaminate your energy and impede your progress. Search for people who look at the world with optimism, that inspire you, make you happy and provide peace of mind.

Common sense    Energy    Happiness    Happy    Inspiration    Life    Love    Optimism    Peace of mind    People    Progress

People who want a cure, provided they can have it without pain, are like those who favour progress, provided they can have it without change.

These times are too progressive. Everything has changed too fast. Railroads and telegraphs and kerosene and coal stoves -- they're good to have but the trouble is, folks get to depend on 'em.

As man develops, he places a greater value upon his own rights. Liberty becomes a grander and diviner thing. As he values his own rights, he begins to value the rights of others. And when all men give to all others all the rights they claim for themselves, this world will be civilized.

Today the most civilized countries of the world spend a maximum of their income on war and a minimum on education. The twenty-first century will reverse this order. It will be more glorious to fight against ignorance than to die on the field of battle. The discovery of a new scientific truth will be more important than the squabbles of diplomats. Even the newspapers of our own day are beginning to treat scientific discoveries and the creation of fresh philosophical concepts as news. The newspapers of the twenty-first century will give a mere 'stick' in the back pages to accounts of crime or political controversies, but will headline on the front pages the proclamation of a new scientific hypothesis.
Progress along such lines will be impossible while nations persist in the savage practice of killing each other off. I inherited from my father, an erudite man who labored hard for peace, an ineradicable hatred of war.

Civilized    Crime    Discovery    Education    Future    Hatred    Ignorance    Income    Killing    Peace    Philosophy    Progress    Savagery    Science    Truth    War

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