Progress quotes

All progress is experimental.

- Chapman, John Jay

New roads; new ruts.

- Chesterton, Gilbert K.

Why aren't we making any progress towards a crime-free society? We're not making progress because we are too damn busy making excuses.


If you want change, you have to make it. If we want progress we have to drive it.

- Susan Rice

Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.

- Ogden Nash

The far right seeks to retain the material progress of American capitalism while removing some of its crucial causes and consequences -- as though a bridge could be made to change part of its function by blowing up part of its supports and part of its exit.

- Segal, Ronald

The most heated defenders of a science, who cannot endure the slightest sneer at it, are commonly those who have not made very much progress in it and are secretly aware of this defect.

- Lichtenberg, Georg C.

Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.

- Cioran, E. M.

Freedom from labor itself is not new; it once belonged among the most firmly established privileges of the few. In this instance, it seems as though scientific progress and technical developments had been only taken advantage of to achieve something about which all former ages dreamed but which none had been able to realize.

- Arendt, Hannah

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

- Coolidge, Calvin

The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.

- Frank Herbert

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

- Robert Heinlein

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

- Shaw, George Bernard

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

- Frank Zappa

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

- George Bernard Shaw

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

- Samuel Butler

He that travels in theory has no inconveniences; he has shade and sunshine at his disposal, and wherever he alights finds tables of plenty and looks of gaiety. These ideas are indulged till the day of departure arrives, the chaise is called, and the progress of happiness begins. A few miles teach him the fallacies of imagination. The road is dusty, the air is sultry, the horses are sluggish. He longs for the time of dinner that he may eat and rest. The inn is crowded, his orders are neglected, and nothing remains but that he devour in haste what the cook has spoiled, and drive on in quest of better entertainment. He finds at night a more commodious house, but the best is always worse than he expected.

- Johnson, Samuel

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.

- Kettering, Charles F.

Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring, through obeying the blind urge.

- Miller, Henry

The sick man must follow his illness to the place where it is treated. He is set aside in one of the technical and secret zones (hospitals, prisons, refuse dumps) which relieve the living of everything that might hinder the chain of production and consumption, and which repair and select what can be sent back up to the surface of progress.

- Certeau, Michel De

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