progress Quotes

49 of the best book quotes about progress
  1. #1
    “Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday more skillful than today. This is never-ending.”
  2. #2
    “The gradual development of the equality of conditions is therefore a providential fact, and it possesses all the characteristics of a divine decree: it is universal, it is durable, it constantly eludes all human interference, and all events as well as all men contribute to its progress.”
  3. #3
    “We choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.”
  4. #4
    “The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.”
  5. #5
    “If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control - myself.”
  6. #6
    “Now, for the first time on the expedition the vista was primarily sky rather than earth.”
  7. #7
    “The Communists are distinguished from the other working-class parties by this only: (1) In the national struggles of the proletarians of the different countries, they point out and bring to the front the common interests of the entire proletariat, independently of all nationality. (2) In the various stages of development which the struggle of the working class against the bourgeoisie has to pass through, they always and everywhere represent the interests of the movement as a whole.”
  8. #8
    “Ye are only bridges: may higher ones pass over upon you! Ye signify steps: so do not upbraid him who ascendeth beyond you into HIS height!”
  9. #9
    “Sitting there watching the laundry go around in the dryer, I thought about the round world and hygiene. We’ve made a lot of progress, you know. We used to think that disease was an act of God. Then we figured out it was a product of human ignorance, so we’ve been cleaning up our act-literally-ever since. We’ve been getting the excrement off our hands and clothes and bodies and food and houses”
  1. #10
    “Progress is difficult to define, your honor. As Quell would have it, they come to me with progress reports, but all I see is change, and bodies burnt.”
  2. #11
    “Passion is seen in those who can tell you in great detail who they intend to become and what their success will be like- they might even be able to tell you specifically when they intend to achieve it or describe to you legitimate and sincere worries they have about the burdens of such accomplishments. They can tell you all the things they’re going to do, or have even begun, but they cannot show you their progress. Because there rarely is any.”
  3. #12
    “What can I say, I’m a sucker for abandoned stuff, misplaced stuff, forgotten stuff, any old stuff which despite the light of progress and all that, still vanishes every day like shadows at noon, goings unheralded, passings unmourned, well, you get the drift.”
  4. #13
    “With all the knowledge and skill acquired in thousands of flights in the last ten years, I would hardly think today of making my first flight on a strange machine in a twenty-seven mile wind, even if I knew that the machine had already been flown and was safe.”
  5. #14
    “All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,
    And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.”
  6. #15
    “the right one does not
    stand in your way
    they make space for you
    to step forward”
  7. #16
    “You must not wonder that those who attain to this beatific vision are unwilling to descend to human affairs; for their souls are ever hastening into the upper world where they desire to dwell; which desire of theirs is very natural, if our allegory may be trusted.”
  8. #17
    ″‘And if there were a contest, and he had to compete in measuring the shadows with the prisoners who had never moved out of the den, while his sight was still weak, and before his eyes had become steady (and the time which would be needed to acquire this new habit of sight might be very considerable), would he not be ridiculous? Men would say of him that up he went and down he came without his eyes; and that it was better not even to think of ascending; and if any one tried to loose another and lead him up to the light, let them only catch the offender, and they would put him to death.’
    ‘No question,’ he said.”
  9. #18
    ″‘So how far along are you?’
    ‘I’m a junior.‘”

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  1. #19
    Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
  2. #20
    “‘Sometimes you can’t worry about hurt. Sometimes you worry only about getting where you have to go.’”
  3. #22
    “I know you think mortality is evidence that they don’t care, but giving us the ability to grow and change and progress and then finish? That was the greatest gift two ageless, eternal, very very stuck gods could think to give the children they love more than anything.”
  4. #23
    “You must determine where you are going in your life, because you cannot get there unless you move in that direction. Random wandering will not move you forward. It will instead disappoint and frustrate you and make you anxious and unhappy and hard to get along with (and then resentful, and then vengeful, and then worse).”
  5. #24
    “There is little point in teaching anything backwards. The whole object of life, Headmistress, is to go forwards.”
  6. #25
    “I think the Selection was meant to draw us together and remind everyone that Illéa itself was born out of next to nothing.”
  7. #26
    “I grew up in a world of violence, but I myself was never violent at all. Yes, I played pranks and set fires and broke windows, but I never attacked people. I never hit anyone. I was never angry. I just didn’t see myself that way. My mother had exposed me to a different world than the one she grew up in. She bought me the books she never got to read. She took me to the schools that she never got to go to. I immersed myself in those worlds and I came back looking at the world a different way. I saw that not all families are violent. I saw the futility of violence, the cycle that just repeats itself, the damage that’s inflicted on people that they in turn inflict on others.
    I saw, more than anything, that relationships are not sustained by violence but by love. Love is a creative act. When you love someone you create a new world for them. My mother did that for me, and with the progress I made and the things I learned, I came back and created a new world and a new understanding for her. After that, she never raised her hand to her children again.”
  8. #27
    “Yet farther will I open unto thee
    This wisdom of all wisdoms, uttermost,
    The which possessing, all My saints have passed
    To perfectness.”
  1. #28
    ″‘Please, your Majesty,’ said Shasta to King Edmund, ‘I was no traitor, really I wasn’t. And I couldn’t help hearing your plans. But I’d never have dreamed of telling them to your enemies.’
    ‘I know now that you were no traitor, boy,’ said King Edmund, laying his hand on Shasta’s head. ‘But if you would not be taken for one, another time try not to hear what’s meant for other ears. But all’s well.‘”
  2. #29
    “If you give a good idea to a mediocre team, they will screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they will either fix it or throw it away and come up with something better.”
  3. #30
    ″‘That’s all right,’ said Edmund. ‘Between ourselves, you haven’t been as bad as I was on my first trip to Narnia. You were only an ass, but I was a traitor.‘”
  4. #31
    …Just ’cause somethin’ ain’t been done
    Don’t mean it can’t be did…
  5. #32
    “It took untold generations to get you where you are. A little gratitude might be in order.”
  6. #33
    “RULE 4: Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today”
  7. #34
    “Sometimes, she knew, the most important battles for dignity, pride, and progress were fought with the simplest of actions.”
  8. #35
    But if a spiral, am I going up or down it?
  9. #36
    “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.”

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  1. #37
    “Think progress, not perfection.”
  2. #38
    ″‘One night or nine nights won’t do it anymore,’ the medicine man said; ‘the ceremony isn’t finished yet.’ ‘Remember these stars,’ he said. ‘I’ve seen them and I’ve seen the spotted cattle; I’ve seen a mountain and I’ve seen a woman.‘”
  3. #39
    “I’ve never loved anyone the way I loved you.”
  4. #40
    “Progress apart from purpose ends in arrogance.”
  5. #41
    “My log schoolhouse was gone. In its place stood progress; and Progress, I understand, is necessarily ugly.”
  6. #42
    “Think about that, Malorie. It all kind of happened in a row, each step allowed the next step to happen. All because we weren’t stagnant. We took risks. Now you’ve got to do the same.”
  7. #43
    “Lights, progress, growth, all those things we’re too hot and too poor to bother with anymore.”
  8. #44
    “Only a box of birds, Malorie thinks. Yet, it does feel like progress.”
  9. #45
    “I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction.”
  10. #46
    “This is the way to make progress; this is the way to arrive at results; not to swallow knowledge, but (according to the figure sometimes used) to masticate and digest it.”
  11. #47
    “He must examine his objectives and see that true progress is achieved through moving forward to a better way of life, rather than upward to total life incompetence.”
  12. #48
    “We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.”
  13. #49
    “Little progress is better than no progress at all. Success comes in taking many small steps. If you stumble in a small step, it rarely matters. Don’t gift wrap the garbage. Let little failures go.”
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