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The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know.
~ Gaston Bachelard

 

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Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.
~ Walter Bagehot

 

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Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself.
~ Jane Addams

 

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If the human race wants to go to hell in a basket, technology can help it get there by jet.
~ Charles M. Allen

 

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It's the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you're mad, then dangerous, then there's a pause and then you can't find anyone who disagrees with you.
~ Tony Benn

 

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The grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older, and societies better.
~ Christian Nevell Bovee

 

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All progress is experimental.
~ John Jay Chapman

 

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The reason for the slow progress of the world seems to lie in a single fact. Every man is born under the yoke, and grows up beneath the oppressions of his age. He can only get a vision of the unselfish forces in the world by appealing to them, and every appeal is a call to arms. If he fights he must fight, not one man, but a conspiracy. He is always at war with a civilization. On his side is proverbial philosophy, a galaxy of invisible saints and sages, and the half-developed consciousness and professions of everybody. Against him is the world, and every selfish passion in his own heart.
~ John Jay Chapman

 

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New roads; new ruts.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

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You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.
~ Shirley Chisholm

 

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We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.
~ James Freeman Clarke

 

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He that is good, will infallibly become better, and he that is bad, will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue and time are three things that never stand still.
~ Charles Caleb Colton

 

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Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.
~ Calvin Coolidge

 

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Nothing recedes like progress.
~ E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings

 

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I was taught that the way of progress I neither swift nor easy.
~ Madame Marie Curie

 

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The pace of progress will accelerate so that even engineers and technical managers will find it necessary to recycle back through school after no more than ten years. In particular fast-moving technologies skills will become obsolete every five years or so.
~ Owen Davies

 

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

 

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My own experience and development deepen everyday my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.
~ George Eliot

 

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What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another.
~ Havelock Ellis

 

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All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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