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The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson
Progress everywhere today does seem to come so very heavily disguised as Chaos. Joyce Grenfell
Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man. Benjamin Disraeli
Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress. George Eliot
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. John Adams
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. Max Planck
Literature is at once the cause and the effect of social progress. George Henry Lewes
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass
The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force. George Bancroft
I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all. Alexis de Tocqueville
New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common. John Locke
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies. Robert Kennedy
Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress. Herbert Hoover
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
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness. Charles Darwin
Reformation, like education, is a journey, not a destination. Mary Harris Jones
The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
When they kept you out it was because you were black; when they let you in, it is because you are black. That's progress? Marilyn French
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. Martin Luther King Jr.
There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly. Georg C. Lichtenberg
The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion. Thomas Carlyle
Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. Ayn Rand
The truth is on the march and nothing will stop it. Emile Zola
All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance. Edward Gibbon
Never confuse movement with action. Ernest Hemingway
What is now proved was once only imagined. William Blake
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. Sigmund Freud
All progress is experimental. John Jay Chapman
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. John Dewey
The freedom of thought is a sacred right of every individual man, and diversity will continue to increase with the progress, refinement, and differentiation of the human intellect. Felix Adler
The march of the human mind is slow. Edmund Burke
Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it costs them. John Updike
The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress. Charles Fourier
English history is all about men liking their fathers, and American history is all about men hating their fathers and trying to burn down everything they ever did. Malcolm Bradbury
America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there. Laurence J. Peter
Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect. Ronald Reagan
Substantial progress toward better things can rarely be taken without developing new evils requiring new remedies. William Howard Taft
Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole. William S. Burroughs
History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion. Gerald R. Ford
The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents. Belva Lockwood
Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. Franz Kafka
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things. Russell Baker
The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. Chauncey Depew
Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science of the ordered progress of society along the lines of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself. Woodrow Wilson
It was a case of the technology catching up with the problem. Jane X. Luu
Keep him [Muhammad Ali Jinnah] far away and prevent his muddled and arrogant head from interfering continually in India's progress. Jawaharlal Nehru
Grand bargains area a bad idea. Grand bargains are usually sought by people who do not want to make any progress. Arthur C. Brooks
In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers yet as one hand in all things essential to mutual progress.. Booker T. Washington
Unanimity of opinion is characteristic of savages and civilization only advances as more and more people have the right to call wrong what the majority calls right.. George Samuel Schuyler
No universal history leads from savagery to humanitarianism, but there is one leading from the slingshot to the atom bomb. Theodor W. Adorno
The narrative of progress is no longer sustainable. Stephen B. Smith
Modernity is not a problem to be overcome but a challenge to be met. Stephen B. Smith
To re-establish faith in fundamental human rights, in the sanctity and ultimate value of human personality, in the equal rights of men and women of nations large and small. Jan Christiaan Smuts
To a considerable extent the Boer War resembled the American Civil War thirty—five years previously. One side was upholding the traditional values of its communities, including the denial of political rights to non—whites, which were subsumed into a struggle for independence against superior power, more modern both in technology and ideology. Frank Welsh
Societies faced with bewildering changes, and feeling old certainties threatened, are open to new cults. Frank Welsh
The objective of the World Health Organization shall be "the attainment by all peoples of highest possible level of health. World Health Organization
Education, this is the great word which sums up our whole doctrine Guiseppe Mazzini
Every major social movement in our history was fueled in large part by religion and faith. Abolitionism, women’s suffrage, child labor law, and most famously, civil rights. Jim Wallis
Our time has experienced greater technological progress than ever existed before, and yet we are faced with the fact that world-wide poverty, hunger, death of children, unemployment, misery and the destruction of nature have not abated but rather to some extent increased. Many peoples are threatened with economic ruin, social disarray, political marginalization and national collapse. Hans Kung
Overregulation stifles creativity. It smothers innovation. It gives dinosaurs a veto over the future. Lawrence Lessig
We Americans have a long history of fighting "big," wisely or not. Lawrence Lessig
All around us are the consequences of the most significant technological, and hence cultural, revolution in generations. This revolution has produced the most powerful and diverse spur to innovation of any in modern times. Lawrence Lessig
I am concerned about Africa. You can’t have 600 million people of one identifiable ethnicity going backwards and the rest of the world going forwards. Paul Wolfowitz
Charles Darwin was an extremely conservative man burdened with an extremely radical idea..,. The scientists of those days were almost all churchmen. David Quammen
Time and events bring out the truth, but they also deal a mortal blow. Kemal Ataturk
While one has to work from the roots upwards to build a solid organization, at the start one has no choice but to work from the top downwards, since until individuals had learnt to think for themselves, masses could be manipulated. Kemal Ataturk
Although we are very strong, we are pursuing a very calculating and moderate policy. We prefer a political solution and are managing the situation accordingly. Kemal Ataturk
A nation which does not make pictures, a nation which does not make statues, a nation which does not practice science, such a nation, one must admit, has no place on the highroad of civilization. But our nation with its true qualities deserves to become and will become civilized and progressive. Kemal Ataturk
Let us realize the state we are in. Let us learn what needs to be learnt. Religion and God demand it. Kemal Ataturk
The Islam Ataturk professed contained nothing contrary to reason and progress. Andrew Mango
Even the bones of their dead should be dug up and scattered. Eryavuz Ihsan
Members of the rising new generation! The future is yours. The republic has been founded by us. It is up to you to guard and exalt it. Kemal Ataturk
The future is in the sky. Kemal Ataturk
Our women have minds too. Let them show their faces to the world, and see it with their eyes…Don’t be afraid. Change is essential, so much so that, if need be, we are prepared to sacrifice lives for its sake. Kemal Ataturk
The revolution is a torrent which sweeps aside those who resist it. Mahmut Esat Bozkurt
The change to the Latin alphabet will be done in three months or not at all. Kemal Ataturk
Progressive change in this country has never come from above. Tom Morello
Simply to pit "society" against "nature," "humanity" against the "biosphere," and "reason," "technology," and "science" against less developed, often primitive forms of human interaction with the natural world, prevents us from examining the highly complex differences and divisions within society so necessary to define our problems and their solutions. Murray Bookchin
Human progress lags most in societies in which illiteracy is highest, above all in Islamic countries and Africa. Lawrence E. Harrison
I regard irreligious people as pioneers. If there had been no priesthood the world would have advanced ten thousand times better than it has now. Anandabai Joshee
People need islands of stability during periods of rapid change. Alvin Toffler
The pioneer spirit is still vigorous within this nation. Science offers a largely unexplored hinterland for the pioneer who has the tools for his task. The rewards of such exploration both for the Nation and the individual are great. Scientific progress is one essential key to our security as a nation, to our better health, to more jobs, to higher standard of living, and to our cultural progress. Vannevar Bush
The perpetual tendency of the race of man to increase beyond the means of subsistence is one of the general laws of animated nature, which we can have no reason to expect to change. Thomas Malthus
Everything here in Europe turns into rottenness--- religion, laws, arts, sciences--- and everything hastens to renew itself in America. Ferdinand Galliani
America is the only country that believes it was born perfect and constantly strives to improve itself. Richard Hofstadter
… evolving standards of decency … mark the progress of a maturing society Earl Warren
Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress. John H. Clapham
Look abroad thro' Nature's range. Nature's mighty law is change. Robert Burns
The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress Charles Kettering
No human being or society ... ever did or ever will come to much unless their conduct was governed and guided by the love of some ethical ideal Thomas Huxley
If there is no struggle there is no progress…. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Frederick Douglass
True liberalism seeks all legitimate freedom first in the confident belief that without such freedom the pursuit of all other blessings and benefits is vain. That belief is the foundation of all American progress, political as well as economic. Herbert Hoover
We live … in an age of progressive democracy. ... In its political effects it discards the prerogative of a few to govern and looks to the rights of all. And whether you deem it practicable or not, you, who prattle about democracy, this spirit is opening a grand law of humanity more comprehensive than all others, that looks farther than the skin to say who shall have rights and who shall be maintained in the free enjoyment of what the God of nature has given them. You cannot guide this tendency of the age to sympathize alone with the serfs of Europe and the barbarians of Asia and leave untouched and unnoticed those in our midst who suffer either from the oppression of laws or for want of their protection. Charles Burchard
We all know from a study of history the progress of the working people from the stage of barbarism to that of slavery, serfdom and later individual freedom. . . . William Green
Without political will, nothing moves forward. Peter Maguire
Action, action, is the spirit's means of progress, its sole test of rectitude, its only source of happiness. And should not decided action follow our deep convictions...? John Greenleaf Whittier
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. Alfred North Whitehead
If freedom makes social progress possible, so social progress strengthens and enlarges freedom. Robert Kennedy
Advancing waves of other people’s progress sweep over the unchanging man and wash him out. Charles Kettering
It is not enough to look backwards with pride, justified as that pride may be. We must look forward with hope and confidence, too. Margaret Sanger
I see no reason to suppose that these machines will ever force themselves into general use. Arthur Wellesley
In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed—they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce…? The cuckoo clock. Orson Welles
…people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things the government does for others as socialism. Earl Warren
The true men of action in our time, those who transform the world, are not the politicians and statesmen, but the scientists. W. H. Auden
Steam and the telegraph and other machinery have required capital greater than any individual can furnish. Henry L. Stimson
Over the past thirty years Europe’s influence has transformed Cairo. Now…we are civilized. Isma'il
Albania under law is the motto that leads our vision. Sali Berisha
Here the free spirit of mankind, at length, Throws its last fetters off; and who shall place A limit to the giant's unchained strength, Or curb his swiftness in the forward race? William Cullen Bryant
A foolish man may be known by six things: Anger without cause, speech without profit, change without progress, inquiry without object, putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking foes for friends. Arab Proverb
Establishment at public expense of rural depots for the most improved agricultural machinery, to be lent out to the agricultural population at a rent covering cost and management alone. James Connolly
Ere we can forecast the future we must understand the present and bring a just sense of proportion to our review of the history of the past. James Connolly
Apostles of Freedom are ever idolized when dead, but crucified when living. James Connolly
How do you fight an idea—especially a new idea? Ben Hecht
One who does not look ahead remains behind. Brazilian Proverb
I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for, President Truman worked for and President Kennedy died for. Lyndon B. Johnson
Some guy invents the bow and arrow and he’s ahead for a little while until some guy invents the shield that catches all the arrows. Bill Clinton
Each nation has to find its own path and follow that path at its own speed. Colin Powell
Science extends an invitation to all nations. Robert G. Ingersoll
The history of the world demonstrates that man becomes what we call civilized by increasing his wants. Robert G. Ingersoll
While the association and its founders and its founders most sincerely appreciate the splendid elements and achievements of the old-time Indian culture and the methods by which early conditions were met, it realizes most keenly the inefficacy of these methods in meeting the conditions of modern times. Laura Minnie Cornelius Kellogg
All civilizations must go through four stages: The first stage is the emergence of a new civilization and society. The second stage covers a period of growth and prosperity. Stagnation and decadence characterize the third stage where wealth can no longer increase. This brings us to a fourth stage of decline leading to the ultimate collapse. Finally, a new civilization emerges from the ashes of the previous one and another cycle is born. The conditions of the world, and of the nations do not persist in one unchanging state but are transformed with the passage of time and move from one condition to another Ibn Khaldoun
For five hundred years these rules and theories of an Arab sheik and the interpretations of generations of lazy, good-for-nothing priests have decided the civil and the criminal law of Turkey. They had decided the form of the constitution, the details of the lives of each Turk, his food, his hours of rising and sleeping, the shape of his clothes, the routine of the midwife who produced his children, what he learnt in his schools, his customs, his thoughts, even his most intimate habits … Possibly it might have suited tribes of nomads in the desert. It was no good for a modern progressive State. Kemal Ataturk
I would like to pause for a moment and take stock of what we as the Muslim World are faced with today. We need to attempt to determine the issues and shortcomings that continue to hamper our progress at home. We have a spiritual heritage of peace, harmony, tolerance and affection. It should strengthen our inspiration for achieving freedom, peace, prosperity and democracy. Abdullah Gul
Do not sit with the people of innovation and desires, nor argue with them, nor listen to them Al-Hasan Al-Basree
I have read their platform, and though I think there are some unsound places in it, I can stand upon it pretty well. But I see nothing in it both new and valuable. "What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable. Daniel Webster
He smote the rock of the national resources, and abundant streams of revenue gushed forth. He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet. Daniel Webster
Einstein is an analytical mathematician seeking to give a physical interpretation to the conclusions of his mathematical process. In this he is hampered by a load of contradictory and absurd assumptions of the school that he follows, which throws him in to all manner of difficulty. Einstein has such a faculty for embracing both sides of a contradiction that one would have to be of the same frame of mind to follow his thought, it is so peculiarly his own. The whole Relativity theory is as easy to follow as the path of a bat in the air at night. Jeremiah Joseph Callahan
I found in Cicero that Hicetas supposed the earth to move. Later I also discovered in Plutarch that certain others were of this opinion. Therefore, having obtained the opportunity from these sources, I too began to consider the mobility of the earth. I can well appreciate, Holy Father, that as soon as certain people realize that in these books which I have written about the Revolutions of the spheres of the universe I attribute certain motions to the globe of the Earth, they will at once clamor for me to be hooted off the stage with such an opinion. Mikolaj; Nicolaus Copernicus
Technologies are never neutral, and some are hurtful. Kirkpatrick Sale
Radio has no future. Wireless [telegraphy] is all very well but I'd rather send a message by a boy on a pony Lord Kelvin
This time next year,—this time ten years,—this time one hundred years,—probably it will be just as easy as we think it is to understand that glass of water, which now seems so plain and simple. I cannot doubt but that these things, which now seem to us so mysterious, will be no mysteries at all; that the scales will fall from our eyes; that we shall learn to look on things in a different way—when that which is now a difficulty will be the only commonsense and intelligible way of looking at the subject Lord Kelvin
Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons. Popular Mechanics
I would like to warn you against the mistake that causes people to advance the hands of their clocks, thinking that thereby they are hastening the passage of time Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
You think that life is fire, that progress is eruption, that wherever you shoot you hit the future. No. Ruben Dario
The solution of one problem always brings a few more problems to the surface to be solved, which were hidden underneath the theory of transmission. Anton Pannekoek
Change is not always progress. Barrett Duke
But America is a great, unwieldy Body. Its Progress must be slow. It is like a large Fleet sailing under Convoy. The fleetest Sailors must wait for the dullest and slowest. Like a Coach and six—the swiftest Horses must be slackened and the slowest quickened, that all may keep an even Pace. John Adams
Equity and energy can grow concurrently only to a point. Below a threshold of per capita wattage, motors improve the conditions for social progress. Above this threshold, energy grows at the expense of equity. Ivan Illich
…if civilization is to advance at all in the future, it must be through the help of women, women freed of their political shackles, women with full power to work their will in society. Emmeline Pankhurst
End the past. Open up the future. Anonymous
You cannot make progress in a political vacuum. Gerry Adams
Experience forced on men’s minds the conviction that what had ever been must ever be. Henry Adams
The great object of the civil government is the improvement of those who are members of the civil compact. John Quincy Adams
He who does not advance, retreats. African Proverb
I do not ask for any crown But that which all may win; Nor try to conquer any world Except the one within. Louisa May Alcott
We regard the state as an agency whose positive assistance is one of the indispensable conditions of human progress. American Economics Association
Every race has fought for its own progress. John Albion Andrew
It was necessary to abolish the fez, which sat on the heads of our nation as an emblem of ignorance, negligence, fanaticism, and hatred of progress and civilization … Kemal Ataturk
I subscribe to the belief that there is no progress possible anywhere where the differences of people are stifled, their voices not able to be heard, and where they all speak as one voice, when all of us know that human beings don't feel that way. Hugo Black
America has believed that in differentiation, not uniformity, lies the path of progress. Louis D. Brandeis
In differentiation, not uniformity, lies the path of progress. Louis D. Brandeis
There is this constant effort to progress in America, to make things better for everyone. Tom Brokaw
The ideal of progress, freedom of thought, and the decline of ecclesiastical power go together. John Bagnell Bury
Modernization is found in markets. George W. Bush
Progress is impossible as long as nations emphasize their grievances and de-emphasize their opportunities. George W. Bush
All progress is based upon the universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income. Samuel Butler
... be it said to the honor of the Hebrew race [the Jews], we very rarely find one in the poor house, they are willing to work, and they add so much to the progress of the country. Joseph Cannon
Things don’t always get better. Sometimes they get worse. The only way things will get better if people make them better. Robert Carey
When progress seems unattainable, it is easier for people to buy into a cause that promotes a false notion of who is to blame. Joseph A. Cari Jr.
Science, which has transformed the material world, gives man the power of transforming himself. Alexis Carrel
He who goes ahead is always the one that wins. Catherine II
The only way to save our empires from the encroaching of the people is to engage in war, and thus substitute national passions for social aspirations. Catherine II
The progress of society depends on nothing more than the exposure of time-honored abuses. William Ellery Channing
Change is certain. Progress is not. Bill Clinton
The progress of freedom depends more upon the maintenance of peace, the spread of commerce and the diffusion of education, then upon the labors of cabinets and foreign offices. Richard Cobden
There can be no distress, there can be no hard times, when labor is well paid. The man who raises his hand against the progress of the workingman raises his hand against prosperity. William B. Cockran
We deny in the most positive language that this is an Anglo-Saxon nation. We deny that England is the mother country, and we deny that the great progress and achievements of this country have been brought about solely through the efforts and influence of the Puritans.... All Europe is our mother, not England. Mathew Cummings
As long as we are still talking, that's progress. Kamu De Almida
In a progressive country change is constant .... change is inevitable. Benjamin Disraeli
The European talks of progress because by the aid of a few scientific discoveries he has established a society which has mistaken comfort for civilization. Benjamin Disraeli
We should never fall into the trap of accepting that all progress as good. Barbara Dudley
Each of us have to decide whether we’re going to be a force for progress or an obstacle to progress. John Edwards
When emotions are deeply stirred, progress must be gradual. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Revolutions do not go backward. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our fundamental instrument of government [the Constitution] is an evolving document. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Even judges sometimes progress. Emma Goldman
Religion is a superstition that originated in man's mental ability to solve natural phenomena. The Church is an organized institution that has always been a stumbling block to progress. Emma Goldman
The periods of unemployment accompanying depression in the business cycle ... present a challenge to all our claims to progress, humanity, and civilization. Samuel Gompers
Changes take place, not independent of man's will, but on account of man's wills. Civilization has progressed by man's interference with material conditions. Gora; Shri Goparaju Ramachandra
Sociology almost always dominates technology. Ideas often lie unused because people do not want to use them. Thomas Friedman
As civilization advances there is a continual change in the standard of human rights. Matilda Joslyn Gage
The only progress which is really effective depends, not upon the bounty of nature, but upon the energy of man. Helen H. Gardener; Alice Chenoweth Day
The reliance of our race upon the progress and achievements of others for a consideration in sympathy, justice and rights is like a dependence upon a broken stick, resting upon which will eventually consign you to the ground. Marcus Garvey
The association of poverty with progress is the enigma of our times. Henry George
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 contest between the House of Have and the House of Want, progress is not real and cannot be permanent. Henry George
His trade is doomed. Henry Ford
Rigid and expeditious justice is the first safeguard of freedom, the basis of all ordered liberty, the vital force of progress.... Justice must not fail because the agencies of enforcement are either delinquent or inefficiently organized. Herbert Hoover
The Union has become not merely a physical union of states, but rather a spiritual union in common ideals of our people. Within it is room for every variety of opinion, every possible experiment in social progress. Out of such variety comes growth, but only if we preserve and maintain our spiritual solidarity. Herbert Hoover
Industrialism is the systematic exploitation of wasting assets. Progress is merely an acceleration in the rate of that exploitation. Such prosperity as we have known up to the present is the consequence of rapidly spending the planet's irreplaceable capital. Aldous Huxley
It ought not to be unpleasant to say that which one honestly believes or disbelieves. That it so constantly is painful to do so, is quite enough obstacle to the progress of mankind in that most valuable of all qualities, honesty of word or of deed Thomas Huxley
Your imagination, your initiative, and your indignation will determine whether we build a society where progress is the servant of our needs, or a society where old values and new visions are buried under unbridled growth. For in your time we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society, and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society. Lyndon B. Johnson
The history of England is emphatically the history of progress. Thomas Babington Macaulay
The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches, and we must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time and eternally press forward for what is yet to get. Thomas Jefferson
Mankind soon learn to make interested uses of every right and power which they possess, or may assume. Thomas Jefferson
Economic developments made modern democracy possible. Joyce Appleby
Inventions... cannot, in nature, be a subject of property. Society may give an exclusive right to the profits arising from them, as an encouragement to men to pursue ideas which may produce utility, but this may or may not be done, according to the will and convenience of the society, without claim or complaint from anybody... The exclusive right to invention is given not of natural right, but for the benefit of society Thomas Jefferson
If you shut up the truth and bury it in the ground, it will grow and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way. Emile Zola
What does it matter if an individual is shattered - if only justice is resurrected? Emile Zola
Asians love technology. They see it as the path to a good life. This is not so in Europe where there is much skepticism about technology—maybe because of Nazi Germany and its use of technology. Alvin Toffler
Resistance to absolutism is characteristic of democratic progress. Tomas G. Masaryk
Respect for education—the idea that education will buy improvement in our lives—is one of the oldest and fundamental American ideas. David McCullough
Jews, instead of being stationary like other Asiatics, were, next to the Greeks, the most progressive people of antiquity, and, jointly with them, have been the starting-point and main propelling agency of modern cultivation. John Stuart Mill
Manufacturers have stood in the pillory for presuming to carry on their business by new and improved methods. John Stuart Mill
Nothing is more certain than that improvement in human affairs is wholly the work of the uncontented characters. John Stuart Mill
Progress includes Order, but Order does not include Progress. John Stuart Mill
Prophets were a power in the nation, often more than a match for kings and priests, and kept up, in that little corner of the earth, the antagonism of influences which is the only real security for continued progress. John Stuart Mill
Anything we have not done in the next century will be our own fault because we have so many resources to do it. Daniel P. Moynihan
In a society where the individual is not free to pursue the truth, … there is neither progress, stability, nor security. Edward R. Murrow
20 centuries of progress have brought the average citizen a vote, a national anthem, a Ford, a bank account and a high opinion of himself but not the capacity to live in high density without befouling and denuding his environment. Aldo Leopold
The most interesting advances in human culture appear in the darkest hours. Clive Staples Lewis
We should work for material progress and at the same time ethical progress. Li Peng
I am a slow walker, but I never walk backward. Abraham Lincoln
Legislators don't want to seem anti-science or anti-progress. Andrew Kimbrell
Railroads? Electric telegraphs? All honour to them in their place: but they are not progress; they are only the fruits of past progress. No outward and material thing is progress; no machinery causes progress; it merely spreads and makes popular the results of progress. Progress is inward, of the soul. Charles Kingsley
The major challenge facing us is to elevate our national life to the highest level of civilization and prosperity. Kemal Ataturk
We must liberate our concepts of justice, our laws and legal institutions from the bonds which hold a tight grip on us although they are incompatible with the needs of our century. Kemal Ataturk
Among the progress of the human mind that is most important for human happiness, we must count the entire destruction of the prejudices that have established inequality between the sexes, fatal even to the sex it favors….This inequality has no other source but the abuse of power, and men have tried in vain to excuse it by sophisms. Marquis de Condorcet
If a more general prosperity permits a greater number of individuals to pursue studies, since at present, in the most enlightened countries, hardly a fiftieth part of those men to whom nature has given talent receive the education necessary to make use of their talents; and that, therefore, the number of men destined to push back the frontiers of the sciences by their discoveries will grow in the same proportion [as universal education increases]. Marquis de Condorcet
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. Chinese Proverb
The human mind always makes progress, but it is in spirals. Madame de Stael-Holstein; Anne Louise Germaine Necker
There is no progress without struggle. Frederick Douglass
We discuss the potential drawbacks of genetic testing or genetic modification of crops. We do not discuss the suffering and environmental damage that will be caused by holding back innovation…. The debate is unbalanced here because it is complacent about the imperfect present. Matt Ridley
There is another very specific quality which distinguishes them [man from animals], and which will admit of no dispute. This is the faculty of self-improvement, which, by the help of circumstances, gradually develops all the rest of our faculties, and is inherent in the species as in the individual: whereas a brute is, at the end of a few months, all he will ever be during his whole life, and his species, at the end of a thousand years, exactly what it was the first year of that thousand. Jean Jacques Rousseau
Our land is the dearer of our sacrifices. The blood of our martyrs sanctifies and enriches it. Their spirit passes into thousands of hearts. How costly is the progress of the race. It is only by the giving of life that we can have life. E. J. Young
Perhaps, I do not go too far when I say that, next to the introduction of Christianity among mankind, the American revolution may prove the most important step in the progressive course of human improvement. Richard Price
Note how the decay of one nation invigorates another. This strange white man -- consider him, his gifts are manifold! His tireless brain, his busy hands do wonders for his race. Those things which we despise he holds as treasures; yet he is so great and so flourishing that there must be some virtue and truth in his philosophy. Spotted Tail; Sinte Gleska
The masses of the people are no lovers of changes which run counter to immemorial custom Yuan Shikai
Small business – the very fiber of our community life. Herbert Hoover
Men will sometimes fly, but it will not be in our lifetime. Wilbur Wright
Each generation confronts new problems, encounters new facts, and tells our history somewhat differently. Joseph Nye
There is no starvation in China today. This is something that has not ever been achieved by any other government in China – ever. He Ya-Fei
You cannot have prosperity without peace. Without peace, China cannot continue to develop itself. He Ya-Fei
Political activity means working for the future; the more we look into the future the more far-sighted will our policy be - so much the more clear and decided. The less far we try to see into the future, the more we content ourselves with the daily routine (Alltäglichkeit), the more weak and uncertain will be our policy of to-day. Every politician of note must, therefore endeavor out of the present to conclude what the future will be, and, if he wants to win the masses to his politics then he must attempt to make his expectations of the future plausible Karl Kautsky
War is coming. That’s inevitable. The capitalist world has reached a state of putrid ferment, and people are already affected by the poison of chauvinism and nationalism. I think we shall yet witness an all-European war. The proletariat? I hardly think the proletariat will find the strength to prevent a blood-bath…The proletariat will suffer terribly, of course, such, alas, is its fate for the time being. But its enemies will enfeeble one another; that, too, is inevitable. Nikolai Lenin
The modern civilized State has been developed by the antagonism between individual and social interests, which has transformed primitive Society into Civilization. William Morris
Human society cannot, be changed in a year. Karl Pearson
The future of the West is not a limitless tending upwards and onwards for all time towards our presents ideals, but a single phenomenon of history, strictly limited and defined as to form and duration, which covers a few centuries Oswald Spengler
The Russian Communist Party is not just any party. History decreed that the R.C.P was to become a mighty instrument of human progress and a major instrument of the world revolution. Its importance is great and immeasurable in the history not only of Russia but also in that of the whole world Gregory Zinoviev
Shall we encourage our young men to be farmers and mechanics? Yes, a thousand times yes, encourage them to become producers as well as consumers, to be owners and tillers of the soil as well as cultivators and rentors; teach them that it is just as honorable to be an honest farmer as to be a lawyer, teacher or a preacher, and the royal road to success and happiness is built on honest labor, either of muscle or brain. Benjamin William Arnett
The true test of the progress of a people is to be found in their literature. Daniel Alexander Payne Murray
God doesn’t speak to me at all. The only way we can live with each other is to have a civil society that is really civil. Barack Obama
Everything works harmoniously now. Even the small planters (Spanish) are giving in their adhesion to the present disposition of affairs, going so far, in some cases, as to send their own children to ask admittance into this school. I have now some half-dozen of the small planters who come to my night-school, where they recite on the same benches with the freedmen. This I consider progress B. Rush Plumly
Societies perish when people forget where they come from. Carl Sandburg
White men, seem to have difficulty in realizing that people who live differently from themselves still might be traveling the upward and progressive road of life. Standing Bear
I saw their fields under very respectable cultivation, and bearing good crops. They had exchanged their original rude wigwams for comfortable houses, with barns and offices attached to them, scarcely if at all inferior to those of the whites, and some of the houses have little plots or gardens in front kept in good order… All these marks of improvement surprised us; we did not expect to meet with a state of such high comparative civilization. John Tawse
A large civilization yields large profits [earnings] because of' the large amount of [available] labor which is the cause of profit. Ibn Khaldun
There is nobody on this planet who was ever liberated by an athlete or an entertainer. Dick Gregory
You don’t go from tyranny to democracy overnight. Rick Lynch
Every moment wasted looking back prevents us from moving forward. Hillary Clinton
America has must made a major turn from the grip of a savage past. Bill Moyers
My America is called Europe. It is my place of dreams. . . . Today the United States isn’t a solution, it’s a danger! . . . Most of the things I like are in Europe. . . I hope Europe will show us a road to follow. Susan Sontag
The world is opening up. We all learn what is happening elsewhere. … The individual is fast becoming aware of his or her rights. John Agyekum Kufuor
The system of checks and balances has sometimes been misused by those who are antithetical to any progress. David Paterson
Communism was not only defined as the things that Marx and Lenin had advocated, but included anything that had the potential for change in the society. Arthur Chaskalson
Both liberals and conservatives in the United States must move beyond the tired debate over causation and get on with the important work of mitigation and adaptation… Scott G. Borgerson
I do not fear … rupture—rupture with habits of thought, with ideas, with behaviors of the past that have prevented us from advancing, from grasping the future between our two arms … I want a rupture with conformity … with half heartedness … with conservatism … with immobility. This rupture I believe necessary. This rupture I have betrothed myself to. This rupture the French people have approved. This rupture I will perform. Nicolas Sarkozy
Well, in terms of the American taxpayers’ contribution, I do, this is it for the U.S...But the American part of this will be the $1.7 billion. Andrew Natsios
Listen, we’re making good progress in Iraq. Sometimes its hard to tell it when you listen to the filter. George W. Bush
Most of Iraq is calm and progress on the road to democracy and freedom not experienced in decades continues...only in isolated areas are there still attacks. Anonymous
The creation of a peaceful and sustainable world civilization will be impossible without the full participation of women in every arena of human activity.36 While this proposition is increasingly supported, there is a marked difference between intellectual acceptance and its implementation. Bahai Universal House of Justice
Could anything less than the fire of a civil war with all its violence and vicissitudes - a war that nearly rent the great American Republic - have welded the states, not only into a Union of independent units, but into a Nation, in spite of all the ethnic differences that characterized its component parts? That so fundamental a revolution, involving such far-reaching changes in the structure of society, can be achieved through the ordinary processes of diplomacy and education seems highly improbable. We have but to turn our gaze to humanity's blood-stained history to realize that nothing short of intense mental as well as physical agony has been able to precipitate those epoch-making changes that constitute the greatest landmarks in the history of human civilization. Shoghi Effendi
Suspicions too often block progress. Samuel A. Nunn
Americans today are blaming globalization for change itself and the pace of change, much of which has little to do with globalization. Roger Altman
Median compensation in America has been stagnant over 25 of the last 30 years, the only exceptions being the last 5 years of the 1990s. Robert E. Rubin
The computer of today is really in its infancy. Bill Gates
We are not here in this world to find elegant solutions, pregnant with initiative, or to serve the ways and modes of profitable progress. No, we are here to provide for all those who are weaker and hungrier, more battered and crippled than ourselves. That is our only certain good and great purpose on earth, and if you ask me about those insoluble economic problems that may arise if the top is deprived of their initiative, I would answer 'To hell with them.' The top is greedy and mean and will always find a way to take care of themselves. They always do. Michael Foot
Lyndon Johnson used to call his chauffer “Boy,” but he passed the greatest Civil Rights bill in the history of the company. Bill Maher
Nobody wants to get over the legacy of slavery more than Black people do. Saidiya Hartman
New ideas seem like frightening ghosts to people at the beginning; they run away from them for a long time. Mehmet Murat İldan
The mind God is looking for in man is a doubting, questioning mind, not a dogmatic mind; dogmatic reasoning is wrong reasoning. Dogmatic reason ties a huge rock to a man’s foot and stops him forever from advancing. Mehmet Murat İldan
It is with regret that I pronounce the fatal truth: Louis must die that the country may live. Maximilien Robespierre
This picture will try to show the Nazism is a matter of mind, not geography, and that there are Nazis— and people of good will— in every country. The world can't spend its life looking over its shoulder and nursing hatreds. There would be no progress that way. Marlon Brando
The Past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshipped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness. Pierre Trudeau
We must now place the manufacturer beside the agriculturalist... The grand inquiry now is, shall we manufacture our own comforts, or go without them at the will of a foreign nation. He, therefore, who is now against domestic manufacturers must be for reducing us to dependence on that nation, or to be clothed in skins and live like wild beasts in dens and caverns. I am proud to say I am not one of these. Thomas Jefferson
The Past, The Present, For the Future Hezekiah Niles
Letting guest workers in America doesn’t create an underclass. It moves an underclass and makes the underclass better off. Lant Prichett
History shows us that the youth are usually a step ahead of their elders when change is required. Margaret Kimberley
What seemed uppermost in the minds of many political and civil .society' actors was the handing over of political power to the -patriots". some of them thieves and pillagers of the yesteryear turned "liberators" under the political nirvana of multi-partyism. Willy Mutunga
Greed, greed, greed. That’s the fundamental problem of mankind. If we can solve that problem, the rest of man’s problems would follow. The only thing that can undermine our free society is greed. Dwight D. Eisenhower
If by the statement that what the Constitution meant at the time of its adoption it means today, it is intended to say that the great clauses of the Constitution must be confined to the interpretation which the framers, with the conditions and outlook of their time would have placed upon them, the statement carries its own refutation. It was to guard against such a narrow conception that Chief Justice Marshall uttered a memorable warning— ‘We must never forget that it is a Constitution we are expounding . . . a constitution intended to endure for ages to come, and consequently to be adapted to the various crises of human affairs.’ Charles Evans Hughes
Whatever the framers … intended, there is no reason to believe that they possessed the best insights or ultimate wisdom as to the meaning of their words for subsequent generations . . . Words do not have fixed meanings. Leonard W. Levy
For my part, I esteem liberty so valuable a blessing in society, that whatever favor, its progress and security can scares be too fondly cherished by every one who is a lover of human kind David Hume
The secret of progress, the perpetual satisfying of wants followed by the springing up of new wants, is the secret of individual unrest and disappointment. Arnold J. Toynbee
The stability of medieval society depended on the fixity of all of its parts, as that of modern society is on their mobility. Arnold J. Toynbee
The historical method is often deemed conservative, because it traces the gradual and stately growth of our venerable institutions; but it may exercise a precisely opposite influence by showing the gross injustice which was blindly perpetrated during this growth. The historical method is supposed to prove that economic changes have been the inevitable outcome of natural laws. It just as often proves them to have been brought about by the self-seeking action of dominant classes. Arnold J. Toynbee
As capital is thus the most essential element in setting industry in motion, so it is by the amount of it, that the productiveness of that industry is chiefly determined. Adam Smith
Economic democracy and political democracy are like two legs of a person. They must go side by side…. Once people know about their rights and claim their rights, nothing is going to stop them. Wu Qing
It’s important to embrace new technologies instead of fight them. Jeff Bezos
There is no one who is not convinced of the importance of good order in the state and who does not sincerely wish to see that state well ordered in which he has to live. ;, .d. justice;, .d. order;, .d. managing government;, .d. State;, .d. progress;, There is no one who is not convinced of the importance of good order in the state and who does not sincerely wish to see that state well ordered in which he has to live. Jean Domat
People and plenty are commonly the begetters the one of the other, if rightly ordered. Samuel Fortrey
Private advantages are often impediments of publick Profit…publick profits should be in a single power to direct, whose Interest is only the benefit of the whole Samuel Fortrey
It is one of the peculiarities of the warfare between reform and the status quo that it is thoughtlessly governed by a double standard. Whenever a reform measure is proposed it is often defeated when its opponents triumphantly discover a flaw in it. Garrett Hardin
Shall I refuse my dinner because I do not fully understand the process of digestion? Oliver Heaviside
When the tempers of men are softened as well as their knowledge improved, this humanity appears still more conspicuous, and is the chief characteristic which distinguishes a civilized age from times of barbarity and ignorance. Factions are then less inveterate, revolutions less tragical, authority less severe, and seditions less frequent. Hume
Children will be kept in much better order, be better provided for, and from infancy be inured to work, which is of no small consequence to the making of them sober and industrious all their lives after. David Hume
Superstition is an enemy to civil liberty David Hume
More people in more countries, both developing and developed, have experienced larger increases in living standards than in any prior fifty year period. Alan H. Meltzer
Individualism, one of the great achievements of Western civilization, is now accompanied more and more by such phenomena as fragmentation, solitude, egocentricity and the disintegration of solidarity Edgar Morin
Democracy is a revolutionary process. Ahmed Nizif
To endeavor to rehabilitate the sabbath of our forefathers is as foolish as to try to make people go back into log houses and cook in a fire-place. Some persons can never realize that the world grows; that what was a help to one age becomes a hindrance to another; that time corrects the mistakes of men and that respect and reverence for our ancestors does not necessarily require us to adopt their clothes or their habits. Lemuel K. Washburn
In Pakistan, ideology actually forbids intellectual activity. For instance, there is one section in the penal code which says that if you criticize the ideology of Pakistan, you can be punished for it. Khaled Ahmed
Pakistan is an anomaly in the Islamic world, in the sense that there is a free press, which is amazing. I can't think of another Islamic country where the press is so free….one cannot claim that there is no fear. There is fear, but more and more people are saying what they want to say Khaled Ahmed
The average student of any historical period invariably reads into his interpretation the intellectual, moral and social atmosphere that lies nearest to him. He cannot strip away the intervening time-content between himself and the period in question. It is the most difficult of all exercises of the imagination, and to most men, indeed, impossible, to realize that the same words, names, customs and institutions connote totally different actualities in different stages of historic evolution. People fail to conjure up the altered perspective, and the unfamiliar background on which men lived, thought and felt in another age. E. Belfort Bax
The Sherman Act was designed to be a comprehensive charter of economic liberty aimed at preserving free and unfettered competition as the rule of trade. It rests on the premise that the unrestrained interaction of competitive forces will yield the best allocation of our economic resources, the lowest prices, the highest quality and the greatest material progress, while at the same time providing an environment conducive to the preservation of our democratic political and social institutions. Hugo Black
My fear is that in general terms the evolution of the political process proceeds at the same pace as the evolution of the species and I do not myself believe that that is quite fast enough Alex Carlile
The public use of man's reason must always be free, and it alone can cause enlightenment. Immanuel Kant
If we can’t even agree on the facts, it will be very difficult for us to lock arms and deal with these problems. Ron Kind
Progress knows nothing of fixity. It cannot be pressed into a definite mould…. Progress is ever renewing, ever becoming, ever changing--never is it within the law. Emma Goldman
New schools are being opened, and inspectors have been appointed to see that the instruction does not degenerate into vain and sterile examinations…there can be no doubt that French genius will produce works of distinction Napoleon Bonaparte
Civilization and religion do not necessarily move with equal pace. Robert Hamill Nassau
Failure is just another step… Julie Eisenberg
Israel was also the last European frontier opened in the nineteenth century, either considerably or slightly later than the others. The Jewish pioneers also encountered a large indigenous population which, while not primitive in the way of aboriginal peoples, were "Old World"; that is to say, set in a traditional culture that they were prepared to modernize to a degree but did not intend to abandon for frontier-like adventures. Still, in the short space of four or five generations, Israel has passed through or into all the frontier stages and the chain reaction seems to be working for it as it has for the classic frontiers Daniel J. Elazar
Legislation and adjudication must follow, and conform to, the progress of society. Abraham Lincoln
My retirement will make no difference in [the newspaper’s] cardinal principles, that it will always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty. Joseph Pulitzer
The history of Western science confirms the aphorism that the great menace to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge. Daniel J. Boorstin
We must abandon completely the naive faith that school automatically liberates the mind and serves the cause of human progress; in fact, we know that it may serve any cause. It may serve tyranny as well as truth, war as well as peace, death as well as life George S. Counts
Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature Tom Robbins
Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature Tom Robbins
You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way. Will Rogers
We must wait for the slow progress of moral causes Daniel Webster
Progress" unstabilizes the economic world, or that it is by virtue of its mechanism a cyclical process. Joseph A. Schumpeter
There are no limits to growth and human progress when men and women are free to follow their dreams. Ronald Reagan
Government is competent when all who compose it work as trustees for the whole people. It can make constant progress when it keeps abreast of all the facts. It can obtain justified support and legitimate criticism when the people receive true information of all that government does. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We do not retreat. We are not content to stand still. As Americans, we go forward Franklin D. Roosevelt
It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago--she outgrows her prophecies faster than she can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time. Mark Twain
Freedom to think our own thoughts, freedom to utter them, freedom to live out the promptings of our inner life ultimated in this convention, was termed a monstrosity of the 19th century. What was it?—the legitimate out-birth of the eternal law of progress. This reformation underlies every other; it is the only healthful centre around which hope of humanity can revolve. Harriot K. Hunt
The advancement of the arts (technology) from year to year taxes our credulity, and seems to presage the arrival of that period when human improvement must end. Henry L. Ellsworth
Commerce has not delivered us out of history’s passions, the World Wide Web has not cast aside blood and kin and faith. Fouad Ajami
Our future progress and prosperity depend upon our ability to equal, if not surpass, other nations in the enlargement and advance of science, industry and commerce. Charles H. Duell
No theory ever agrees with all the facts in its domain, yet it is not always the theory that is to blame. Facts are constituted by older ideologies, and a clash between facts and theories may be proof of progress. Paul Feyerabend
Are our problems moving faster than our ability to solve them? Marco Rubio
When I contemplate the immense advances in sciences and discoveries in the arts which have been made within the period of my life, I look forward with confidence to equal advances by the present generation, and have no doubt they will consequently be as much wiser than we have been as we than our fathers were, and they than the burners of witches Thomas Jefferson
Great improvements must also take place which far surpass the momentum of power that a single nation can produce, but will with facility proceed from their united strength. The hand of art will change the face of the universe. Mountains, deserts, and oceans will feel its mighty force. It will not then be debated whether hills shall be prostrated, but whether the Alps and the Andes shall be leveled; nor whether sterile fields shall be fertilized, but whether the deserts of Africa shall feel the power of cultivation; nor whether rivers shall be joined, but whether the Caspian shall see the Mediterranean, and the waves of the Pacific lave the Atlantic. DeWitt Clinton
Man’s greatest advances these last few generations have been made by the application of human intelligence to the management of matter. Now we are confronted by a more difficult problem, the application of intelligence to the management of human relations. Norman Angell
Liberalism is the answer for which modernity is the question Alan Wolfe
The modern proletarian class doesn't carry out its struggle according to a plan set out in some book or theory; the modern workers' struggle is a part of history, a part of social progress, and in the middle of history, in the middle of progress, in the middle of the fight, we learn how we must fight... Rosa Luxemburg
Modern physics often advances only by sacrificing some of our traditional philosophical convictions Fritz Wolfgang London
Man's achievements rest upon the use of symbols Alfred Korzybski
Solving new problems is what keeps us moving forward as individuals and as a society. Garry Kasparov
There are two sides to reconciliation; the law aspect and the moral values. Unless there is improvement for both, changes will not come by easily Taito Waradi
The more efficient causes of progress seem to consist of a good education during youth whilst the brain is impressible, and of a high standard of excellence, inculcated by the ablest and best men, embodied in the laws, customs and traditions of the nation, and enforced by public opinion. Charles Darwin
The Socialist movement, the Labour movement, call it which you will, and the Women’s movement, are but different aspects of the same great force which has been, all through the ages, gradually pushing its way upwards, making for the reconstruction and regeneration of Society. Isabella Ormston Ford
An idea consisting of a social crime in one age becomes the very religion of humanity in the next Joseph J. Ettor
Insurrections made by a few who attempt to raise the people in order to achieve a state of affairs that these very people do not understand, must fear defeat, their inevitable end. Carlo Pisacane
I don’t deny that Cuba poverty exists, but at least the peasants there have an illusion of progress, whereas the Bolivian lives without hope. Che Guevara
The visionaries of yesterday are the realists of today. Helmut Kohl
Scientific theory and its application to the growing needs of mankind advance hand in hand. Cargill Gilston Knott
Symbols can often lead to progress. Mark Kirk
Where the frontier of science once was is now the center. Georg C. Lichtenberg
All around us are the consequences of the most significant technological, and hence cultural, revolution in generations Lawrence Lessig
Physicists have as their calling the answering of questions once thought to be unknowable. William Stwalley
Railroads ... are positively the greatest blessing that the ages have wrought out for us. They give us wings; they annihilate the toil and dust of pilgrimage; they spiritualize travel. Nathaniel Hawthorne
The reformer does not want to move left; he wants to move forward. Gary Hart
Progression is not proclamation nor palaver. It is not pretense nor play on prejudice. It is not of personal pronouns, nor perennial pronouncement. It is not the perturbation of a people passion-wrought, nor a promise proposed. Warren G. Harding
Killing is evil ... All countries are different and progress should be achieved by peaceful means wherever possible. Che Guevara
Whenever the clergy succeeded in conquering political power in any country the result has been disastrous to the interests of religion and inimical to the progress of humanity. James Connolly
Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also and keep pace with the times Thomas Jefferson
There is a snail-paced gait for the advance of new ideas on the general mind under which we must acquiesce. A forty years' experience of popular assemblies has taught me that you must give them time for every step you take. If too hard pushed, they balk, and the machine retrogrades. Thomas Jefferson
All human constitutions are subject to corruption and must perish unless they are timely renewed and reduced to their first principles. Algernon Sidney
To secure the ground we gain, and gain what more we can, is, I think, the wisest course Thomas Jefferson
This society cannot go forward, the way we have been going forward, where the gap between the rich and the poor keeps growing. Michael Bloomberg
Our course of advance... is neither a straight line nor a curve. It is a series of dots and dashes. Benjamin N. Cardozo
Among the first, perhaps the very first, instrument for the improvement of the condition of men is knowledge, and to the acquisition of much of the knowledge adapted to the wants, the comforts, and enjoyments of human life public institutions and seminaries of learning are essential. John Quincy Adams
To this nation and to every nation there come formative periods in its life and history. New conditions can be met only by new methods. Meeting these conditions hopefully, and facing them bravely and wisely, is to be the mightiest test of American virtue and capacity. Without abandoning past limitations, traditions, and principles, by meeting present opportunities and obligations, we shall show ourselves worthy of the great trusts which civilization has imposed upon us. William McKinley
The progress of a nation can alone prevent degeneration. There must be new life and purpose or there will be weakness and decay. There must be broadening of thought as well as broadening of trade. Territorial expansion is not alone and always necessary to national advancement. There must be a constant movement toward a higher and nobler civilization, a civilization that shall make its conquests without resort to war, and achieve its greatest victories pursuing the arts of peace. In our present situation, duty and duty alone should prescribe the boundary of our responsibilities and the scope of our undertakings. William McKinley
A second cause of our present apathy is the terrible position of Moslem women. There is absolutely nothing in Islam, or the Koran, or the example of the first two centuries, to justify this terrible and cancerous growth that has for nearly a thousand, years eaten into the very vitals of Islamic society…. the present system … means the permanent imprisonment and enslavement of half the nation. How can we expect progress from the children of mothers who have never shared, or even seen, the free social intercourse of modern mankind? This terrible cancer that has grown since the 3rd and 4th century of the Hijra must either be cut out, or the body of Moslem society will be poisoned to death by the permanent waste of all the women of the nation. Muhammed Shah Aga Kahn III
We have neglected industry and commerce just as we have neglected every other opportunity of progress. Muhammed Shah Aga Kahn III
For the progress of the nation, what is needed is discipline. Ferdinand Marcos
A culture that is in the process of being swamped by another often reacts by physically grappling with the outsiders. But it may wage a cultural war as well. Such defensive actions have been given various labels by anthropologists: nativism, revivalism, revitalization, and messianism. All are deliberate efforts to erect a better culture out of the defeat or decay of an older one. ... As hopelessness and apathy settled over these people, the ground was prepared for revivalistic and messianic movements that promised the return of the good old days. Peter Farb
Defending yesterday … is far more risky than making tomorrow. Peter Drucker
Events have moved on, yet some people still keep talking about the past. Pashtun Proverb
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things Russell Baker
People who have a new idea often just stop having an old idea. Edwin Land
The price of the liberation of the whites is the liberation of the Blacks. James Baldwin
If we are to make any real, speedy and substantial progress, we must earnestly tackle this question and bring our educational policy and program on the lines suited to the genius of our people, consonant with our history and culture, and having regard to the modern conditions and vast developments that have taken place all over the world. . Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The ... progress of improvement and discovery ought not to be overlooked. ... Philosophy already directs her finger at sources of inexhaustible power. ... We are on the eve of mechanical discoveries still greater than any which have yet appeared. Dionysius Lardner
It is well known that Iraq has the greatest number of scientists, who are among the best in the Arab world. They are being assassinated systematically. We are not allowed to have minds and to progress. Bashir Assad
Protestantism, Judaism and Confucianism have been the religions more conducive to progress while Islam, Catholicism, and Orthodox Christianity have been the least conducive. Lawrence E. Harrison
Reducing poverty is a political challenge. It involves overcoming class-based interests in inequality and it requires effective institutions to deliver resources to and create opportunities for the poor, frequently in the face of local opposition. When poor women are the target of these kinds of interventions, resistance can be even more intense than opposition to pro-poor measures…. Notions of gender equality are profoundly counter-cultural in many societies …. Efforts to promote women’s equal entitlements to resources and equal opportunities to flourish in their productive and private lives encounter considerable social resistance. This resistance is often shared by development workers - from the top-level decision-makers to the "street-level" workers who implement policy Ashu Pasricha
In the tragic situation which confronts humanity, we feel that scientists should assemble in conference to appraise the perils that have arisen as a result of the development of weapons of mass destruction.... There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal, as human beings, to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death. Albert Einstein; Bertrand Russell
We must be cognizant of the fact that the absence of economic rationality and perpetual political instability in our societies prevent us from fully benefiting from our resources as well as capabilities. In the extreme case, we find ourselves in devastating wars. Our conflict-ridden geography has substantially undercut our ability to develop economically. Natural wealth, including oil revenues has been wasted and the focus of attention has been other than human development Abdullah Gul
It's still touch-and-go and you don't give us a program that helps us go. Arthur J. Holland
Even if government conduct of business could give us more efficiency instead of less efficiency, the fundamental objection to it would remain unaltered and unabated. It would destroy political equality. It would increase rather than decrease abuse and corruption. It would stifle initiative and invention. It would undermine the development of leadership. It would cramp and cripple the mental and spiritual energies of our people. It would extinguish equality and opportunity. It would dry up the spirit of liberty and progress. Herbert Hoover
It is with nations as with nature which knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction. Wilhelm von Humboldt
One step forward, two steps back ... It happens in the lives of individuals, and it happens in the history of nations and in the development of parties. Vladimir Lenin
Machines and their development provide the greatest opportunity in the whole history of mankind to improve the lot of the individual human being. David Eli Lilienthal
Although the world has undergone many changes, both good and bad, in the past century, change need not imply the loss of traditional values. Nor is progress another word for moral decay. It is not development and progress which jeopardize values and morality but rather the absence of a strong and secure moral foundation developed first and foremost in the family. Surely, it is possible for one to enjoy the conveniences of modern life-airplanes and automobiles, computers and cell phones, microwaves and VCRs-without losing one's sense of values. When we love God, love our families, we can enjoy life without betraying the practices of decency, without abandoning the traditions of our cultures. Jehan Sedat
While the overall goal of any society must be to educate all its members, at this stage in human history the greatest need is to educate women and girls. For over twenty years, studies have consistently documented that, of all possible investments, educating women and girls pays the highest overall dividends in terms of social development, the eradication of poverty and the advancement of community. Bahai Universal House of Justice
Economic development has a reverse gear. Allan Little
Education is the foundation of social progress and economic development. Diane Ravitch
One of the effects of civilization is to diminish the rigor of the application of the law of natural selection. It preserves weakly lives that would have perished in barbarous lands. Francis Galton
If "pro" is the opposite of "con", is "progress" the opposite of "Congress"? Leo Anthony Gallagher
No court can make time stand still. Felix Frankfurter
The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth. Harry Emerson Fosdick
We are not here in this world to find elegant solutions, pregnant with initiative, or to serve the ways and modes of profitable progress. No, we are here to provide for all those who are weaker and hungrier, more battered and crippled than ourselves. That is our only certain good and great purpose on earth Michael Foot
Upon the progress of knowledge the whole progress of the human race is immediately dependent: he who retards that, hinders this also. Johann Gottlieb Fichte
I believe in limited government. I believe that government should be limited in many ways, …. No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literacy or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race Richard P. Feynman
The progress of science is tremendously disorderly, and the motivations that lead to this progress are tremendously varied. Max Ludwig Henning Delbruck
Yet you must not cling to the words of the old sages either; they, too, may not be right. Even if you believe them, you should be alert so that, in the event that something superior comes along, you may follow that. Dogen
If we never do anything which has not been done before, we shall never get anywhere. The law will stand still whilst the rest of the world goes on; and that will be bad for both. Alfred Denning
The progress made in refinement of manners and morals seems to have gone on simultaneously with the improvement in arts, manufactures and commerce. It moved slowly at first, but has been constantly increasing in velocity…. we are a much better people than we were then, better instructed, more sincere and kind-hearted, less gross and brutal, and have fewer of the concomitant vices of a less civilized state. Francis Place
Edinburgh, Scotland went from a narrow, theocratic, awful society to the intellectuality and free thinking Great Enlightenment in only 100 years. Niall Ferguson
The health of a nation is not just about its consumption expenditures …. one of the things that makes America such a great nation, and why so many people aspire to this American ideal of middle-class security, is that it's about more than that. It's about more than how much you can purchase with the dollar. It's about this feeling of security and about being able to give your kids a better life than you had. And that is really the foundation—one of the major founding principles of our country Tamara Draut
Progress is man’s indifference to the lessons of history. Len Deighton
Upon the progress of knowledge the whole progress of the human race is immediately dependent: he who retards that, hinders this also. Johann Gottlieb Fichte
We want American customs, habits, manners, dress, manufactures, modes of thought, modes of expression, and language. We should encourage national and even State peculiarities; for there are peculiarities and differences in the wants and situations of all people, that require provincial and national, not cosmopolitan, institutions and productions. George Fitzhugh
With every new idea, it takes a generation or two until it becomes obvious that there's no real problem. Richard P. Feynman
Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization. Aldo Leopold
Nothing is so fatal to the progress of the human mind as to suppose that our views of science are ultimate; that there are no mysteries in nature; that our triumphs are complete, and that there are no new worlds to conquer. Humphry Davy
You are challenged to avoid mediocrity, acquire knowledge from the sages of antiquity, the achievements of the scientific present, and the prophets of the living God. John H. Vandenberg
Civilization is not a spontaneous generation with any race or nation known to history, but the torch to be handed down from race to race from age to age. Kelly Miller
. . every advance in social progress removes us more and more from the guidance of instinct, obliging us to depend upon reason for the assurance that our habits are really agreeable to the laws of health. Elizabeth Blackwell
There are two great enemies of thought and progress, the aristocracy of royalty and the aristocracy of gold. Mary Elizabeth Lease
In the campaign of 1890 she made speeches so full of fiery eloquence, of righteous wrath, and fierce denunciation of the oppressors, that she became the delight of the people of the new party and the detestation of the followers of the old. Seldom, if ever, was a woman so vilified and so misrepresented by malignant newspaper attacks. A woman of other quality would have sunk under the avalanche. She was quite competent to cope with all that was visited upon her. Indeed, the abuse did her much service. The people but loved her the more for the enemies she made. Her chiefest distinguishing gift is her powerful voice; deep and resonant, its effect is startling and controlling. Her speeches are philippics. She hurls sentences as Jove hurled thunderbolts. Annie LaPorte Diggs
This association of poverty with progress is the great enigma of our times. Henry George
Rapid changes - the machine age, the advent of universal and rapid communication, and many other new factors - have brought new problems. Succeeding generations have attempted to keep pace by reforming in piecemeal fashion this or that attendant abuse. As a result evils overlap and reform becomes confused and frustrated. We lose sight, from time to time, of our ultimate human objectives. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Civilization cannot go back; civilization must not stand still. We have undertaken new methods. It is our task to perfect, to improve, to alter when necessary, but in all cases to go forward. To consolidate what we are doing, to make our economic and social structure capable of dealing with modern life, is the joint task of the legislative, the judicial, and the executive branches of the National Government. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Civilization never recedes; the law of necessity ever forces it onwards Jules Verne
The real world is somebody is going to win; somebody is going to lose. There are costs to everything, but if you make the long term investment which is investment in education, public health and infrastructure, then we will have a better world. Michael Bloomberg
Progress usually comes from the barbarian, and there is nothing more stagnant than the philosophy of the philosophers and the theology of the theologians. Miguel de Unamuno
If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total development lags behind? Maria Montessori
We are in a troublesome period, and some "nonsense" as you term it — but this is a great nation with a high purpose, and we shall come to our senses and resume our course. Harry S Truman
Here in America, we have labored long and hard to achieve a social order worthy of our great heritage. In our time, tremendous progress has been made toward a really democratic way of life. Let me assure the forward-looking people of America that there will be no relaxation in our efforts to improve the lot of the common people. Harry S Truman
To the workman we appeal by the memory and traditions of his own sufferings and wrongs to be vigilant to avoid the great guilt of inflicting upon his fellow-citizens the injustice from which he has himself escaped. Arnold J. Toynbee
Americans of all ages, all stations of life, and all types of disposition are forever forming associations... In democratic countries knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge; on its progress depends that of all the others. Alexis de Tocqueville
it is easier … to stave off adversity than to preserve prosperity. Thucydides
You can hardly convince a man of an error in a lifetime, but must content yourself with the reflection that the progress of science is slow. If he is not convinced, his grandchildren may be. Henry David Thoreau
… all change in history, all advance, comes from the nonconformists. If there had been no trouble-makers, no Dissenters, we should still be living in caves. Alan Taylor
Be skeptical, question authority, be a rebel. Do not conform and don’t be ordinary. Remember, all human progress is the result of far-sighted people challenging orthodoxy, tradition and rich, powerful, vested interests. Peter Gary Tatchell
The wise fathers did not treat the country as a Chinese foot, never to grow after infancy; but, anticipating Progress, they declared expressly that their great Act is not final. According to the Constitution itself, there is not one of its existing provisions — not even that with regard to fugitives from labor — which may not at all times be reached by amendment, and thus be drawn into debate. This is rational and just. Sir, nothing from man's hands, nor law, nor constitution, can be final. Truth alone is final. Charles Sumner
Make the world better Lucy Stone
… there must be free play for so-called subversive ideas - every idea subverts the old to make way for the new. To shut off subversion is to shut off peaceful progress and to invite revolution and war. I. F. Stone
The men who control the CIA are of an older, conservative generation which has kept the agency fifteen or twenty years behind the progress of the nation at large. John R. Stockwell
Every generation of Muslims should be permitted to solve their own problems, guided but unhampered by the work of its predecessors. Muhammad Iqbal
The change in the world is always brought by one man, whom we call "the leader". Who has the vision and the force not only to make people dream, but to reach and live that dream. He is intelligent enough to foresee tomorrow. He is selfless and courageous to the extent of being ready to sacrifice everything and express truth even if it defames him. People fellow him where he takes them. He is the one who accelerates history … Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The verdict of history ... is that worn out ideas have never risen to power among a people who have worn them out. Muhammad Iqbal
A false reverence for past history amid its artificial resurrection constitute no remedy for a peoples’ decay. Muhammad Iqbal
A society based on … reality must reconcile in its life, the categories of permanence and change. Muhammad Iqbal
The nations that are achieving something have no taste for poetry Muhammad Iqbal
As Islam came to the world at a time when the stage of slavery was coming to an end and that of feudalism just beginning, it brought with itself laws, creeds and a discipline of life all of which were in concord with the then prevalent circumstances of economic existence. That is why it approved of slavery as well as permitted feudalism, for Islam could not anticipate the next stage of economic development nor give any system to the world for which the economic circumstances were not ripe... Muhammad Qutb
The victories which the Turks gained in battlefields honored Islam. Yet it is a reality as well that Islam lost much of its meaning in the Turks' hands. In the hands of the Turks, Islam was frozen insubstantially and its improvement was stopped. The Ottomans froze and maltreated Islam in all the fields except in military. For example, they didn't lay on knowledge as much stress as necessary. Muhammad Qutb
The changes were inevitable and one has to accept them gracefully Gayatri Devi
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. Ralph Waldo Emerson
An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven't been done before. Mark Twain
If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it . . . . For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual's total development lags behind? Maria Montessori
I have no doubt that it is possible to give a new direction to technological development, a direction that shall lead it back to the real needs of man, and that also means: to the actual size of man. Man is small, and, therefore, small is beautiful. Ernst Friedrich Schumacher
Human development is a form of chronological unfairness, since late-comers are able to profit by the labors of their predecessors without paying the same price. Alexander Herzen
Growth that adds volume without improving productivity is fat. Growth that diminishes productivity is cancer. Peter Drucker
Do you want my one-word secret of happiness -- It's growth -- mental, financial, you name it. Harold S. Geneen
Human progress is furthered, not by conformity, but by aberration. H. L. Mencken
The defense of morals is the battle-cry which best rallies stupidity against change. Alfred North Whitehead
I know we can't abolish prejudice through laws, but we can set up guidelines for our actions by legislation. If women are given equal pay for Civil Service jobs, maybe other employers will do the same. Belva Lockwood
No particular technology lasts for long. Charles Osgood
It’s hard letting go in the past when there are no firm handholds in the future. Ashleigh Brilliant
You can not step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on. Heraclitus of Ephesus
Development was--and continues to be for the most part--a top-down, ethnocentric, and technocratic approach that treats people and cultures as abstract concepts, statistical figures to be moved up and down in the charts of 'progress.' . . . It comes as no surprise that development became a force so destructive to third world cultures, ironically in the name of people's interests Arturo Escobar
Even while I protest the assembly-line production of our food, our songs, our language, and eventually our souls, I know that it was a rare home that baked good bread in the old days. Mother’s cooking was with rare exceptions poor, that good unpasteurized milk touched only by flies and bits of manure crawled with bacteria, the healthy old-time life was riddled with aches, sudden death from unknown causes, and that sweet local speech I mourn was the child of illiteracy and ignorance. It is the nature of a man as he grows older, a small bridge in time, to protest against change, particularly change for the better. John Steinbeck
I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction. John Steinbeck
Everybody thinks that this civilization has lasted a very long time but it really does take very few grandfathers’ granddaughters to take us back to the dark ages. Gertrude Stein
The greater the political progress made by the Hindus, the greater, in my judgment, will be the Moslem discontent and antagonism. All the conferences in the world cannot bridge over the unbridgeable, and between those two … lies a chasm which cannot be crossed by the resources of modern political engineering. Frederick Elwin Smith Birkenhead
Any man who stands for progress has to criticize, disbelieve and challenge every item of the old faith. Item by item he has to reason out every nook and corner of the prevailing faith. If after considerable reasoning one is led to believe in any theory or philosophy, his faith is welcomed. His reasoning can be mistaken, wrong, misled and sometimes fallacious. But he is liable to correction because reason is the guiding star of his life. But mere faith and blind faith is dangerous: it dulls the brain, and makes a man reactionary. Bhagat Singh
The people generally get accustomed to the established order of things and begin to tremble at the very idea of a change. It is this lethargical spirit that needs be replaced by the revolutionary spirit. Otherwise degeneration gains the upper hand and the whole humanity is led stray by the reactionary forces. Such a state of affairs leads to stagnation and paralysis in human progress. The spirit of Revolution should always permeate the soul of humanity, so that the reactionary forces may not accumulate to check its eternal onward march. Bhagat Singh
Progress toward a more abundant material life does not come like manna from heaven, however. My message certainly is not one of complacency. The ultimate resource is people — especially skilled, spirited, and hopeful young people endowed with liberty — who will exert their wills and imaginations for their own benefit and inevitably benefit the rest of us as well. Julian Lincoln Simon
This increase in the world's population represents humanity's victory against death. Julian Lincoln Simon
Who brings tomorrow into the present if not the scientists, technicians and engineers? Neil deGrasse Tyson
The progress of science can be said to be harmful to religion only in so far as it is used for evil aims and not because it claims a priority over religion in its revelation to man. Haile Selassie
modern civilization and the progress of science have greatly improved man's life and have brought comfort and ease in their trail. But civilization can serve man both for good as well as for evil purposes. Experience shows that it has invariably brought great dividends to those who use it for good purposes while it has always brought incalculable harm and damnation to those who use it for evil purposes Haile Selassie
It is almost instinctive in science to accept contrary views, because disagreeing gives you guidance to experimental tests of ideas -- your own and those offered by others… Frederick Seitz
Christianity has found its triumphs and shown its fruits in every nation and tribe upon the globe; and its results have been in every case the same. Virtue, social order, prosperity, blessedness, the elevation and improvement, in all respects, of the human life, are the uniform and exclusive inheritance of those who receive the gospel. Julius Hawley Seelye
What produces the general good is always terrible or seems bizarre when begun too soon ... Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
All revolutionary advances in science may consist less of sudden and dramatic revelations than a series of transformations, of which the revolutionary significance may not be seen (except afterwards, by historians) until the last great step. In many cases the full potentiality and force of a most radical step in such a sequence of transformations may not even be manifest to its author. I. Bernard Cohen
I am well convinced that Aerial Navigation will form a most prominent feature in the progress of civilization George Cayley
While the law [of competition] may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it insures the survival of the fittest in every department. We accept and welcome, therefore, as conditions to which we must accommodate ourselves, great inequality of environment, the concentration of business, industrial and commercial, in the hands of a few, and the law of competition between these, as being not only beneficial, but essential for the future progress of the race. Andrew Carnegie
Nature progresses by unknown gradations and consequently does not submit to our absolute division when passing by imperceptible nuances, from one species to another and often from one genus to another. Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Thus with every advance in our scientific knowledge new elements come up, often forcing us to recast our entire picture of physical reality. No doubt, theorists would much prefer to perfect and amend their theories rather than be obliged to scrap them continually. But this obligation is the condition and price of all scientific progress. Louis-Victor de Broglie
[Public Health] means the saving and lengthening of lives of thousands of citizens, the extension of the vigorous working period well into old age, and the prevention of inefficiency, misery, and suffering. These advances can be made by organized social effort. Public health is purchasable. Hermann M. Biggs
The reduction of the death rate is the principal statistical expression and index of human social progress. Hermann M. Biggs
The human mind likes a strange idea as little as the body likes a strange protein and resists it with a similar energy. William Beveridge
Science is a progressive activity. The outstanding peculiarity of man is that he stumbled onto the possibility of progressive activities. Such progress, the accumulation of experience from generation to generation, depended first on the development of language, then of writing and finally of printing. These allowed the accumulation of tradition and of knowledge, of the whole aura of cultural inheritance that surrounds us. This has so conditioned our existence that it is almost impossible for us to stop and examine the nature of our culture. We accept it as we accept the air we breathe; we are as unconscious of our culture as a fish, presumably, is of water. Marston Bates
The engineer is the key figure in the material progress of the world. It is his engineering that makes a reality of the potential value of science by translating scientific knowledge into tools, resources, energy and labor to bring them to the service of man ... To make contribution of this kind the engineer requires the imagination to visualize the needs of society and to appreciate what is possible as well as the technological and broad social age understanding to bring his vision to reality Eric Ashby
It is men of science who hold the secret of the mysterious property of the mind by which error ministers to truth, and truth slowly but irrevocably prevails. Theirs is the logic of discovery, the demonstration of the advance of knowledge and the development of ideas, which as the earthly wants and passions of men remain almost unchanged, are the charter of progress, and the vital spark in history. John Emerich Edward Dalberg; Lord
It is not only by the questions we have answered that progress may be measured, but also by those we are still asking. The passionate controversies of one era are viewed as sterile preoccupations by another, for knowledge alters what we seek as well as what we find. Freda Adler
Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race. William Howard Taft
We who believe in democracy and in liberty are going to win. The statists and the Islamists are standing against the irrevocable march of history. Ismail Serageldin
Not every obnoxious talk leads to progress, but we cannot tell which unusual idea, which seditious thought will be tomorrow's accepted truth and enshrined right ... after all, all that we take for granted, was once deemed extremely objectionable... So, not knowing where the next big step in the progress of human civilization will come from, we open our ears, our minds and our hearts to the new, the unusual and the contrarian. Ismail Serageldin
In all social systems there must be a class to do the menial duties, to perform the drudgery of life. That is, a class requiring but a low order of intellect and but little skill. Its requisites are vigor, docility, fidelity. Such a class you must have, or you would not have that other class which leads progress, civilization, and refinement. James Henry Hammond
There are no footprints backwards! John Hampden
Forward to the peaceful tranquility of the status quo. Edgar Y. Harburg
There is no instant step from disorder to order. Warren G. Harding
We recognize the new order in the world, with the closer contacts which progress has wrought. Warren G. Harding
A certain degree of progress from the rudest state in which man is found,—a dweller in caves, or on trees, like an ape, a cannibal, an eater of pounded snails, worms, and offal,—a certain degree of progress from this extreme is called Civilization. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are accustomed to think that some degree of stability is necessary to all real progress, all great development. But Japan has given proof irrefutable that enormous development is possible without any stability at all. Lafcadio Hearn
That which lies before the human race is a constant struggle to maintain and improve Thomas Huxley
This is a matter far too important to be left solely in the hands of the scientific and medical communities. The belief that surrogate mothers and clonal babies are inevitable because science always moves forward, an attitude expressed to me recently by a scientific colleague, represents a form of laissez-faire nonsense dismally reminiscent of the creed that American business, if left to itself, will solve everybody's problems. Just as the success of a corporate body in making money need not set the human condition ahead, neither does every scientific advance automatically make our lives more 'meaningful.' No doubt the person whose experimental skill will eventually bring forth a clonal baby will be given wide notoriety. But the child who grows up knowing that the world wants another Picasso may view his creator in a different light. James D. Watson
Our overbuilt cities with their congestion, their trend to high office buildings and apartments, their complete indifference to the most elementary principles of civilian defense, their slums representing past neglect and greed, can to a considerable extent be rebuilt on better principles if we are smart enough to look the facts in the eye and brush off the Babbitts who hold that wherever the dirt flies there is progress. On the other hand, cities can not be revolutionized and turned into garden villages or green belts. In the suburbs and near-by country, however, we still have a chance to do the right thing without stultifying compromises.... Robert Moses
It is no wonder that the Spanish dependencies languished, in spite of their infinite potentialities of wealth and prosperity. The narrow and selfish policy of the mother country deprived the colonists of all incentives to exertion; the officials sent from Spain enriched themselves, the tax- gatherers seized all superfluous earnings; there were no accumulation of capital and no advancement. Henry Charles Lea
Governments never lead; they follow progress Lucy E. Parsons
When the prison, stake or scaffold can no longer silence the voice of the protesting minority, progress moves on a step, but not until then. Lucy E. Parsons
The world has grown rich and refined, but chiefly by the efforts of those who themselves continue poor and ignorant. Theodore Parker
Progress leads to confusion leads to progress and on and on without respite. Every one of the many major advances … created sooner or later, more often sooner, new problems. These confusions, never twice the same, are not to be deplored. Rather, those who participate experience them as a privilege. Abraham Pais
In the next few years the struggle will not be between utopia and reality, but between different utopias, each trying to impose itself on reality ... Albert Camus
A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward. Winston Churchill
Person after person has said to me in these last few days that this new world we face terrifies them. I can understand how that feeling would arise unless one believes that men are capable of greatness beyond their past achievements. . . . The time now calls for mankind as a whole to rise to great heights. We must have faith or we die. Eleanor Roosevelt
[Napoleon Bonaparte] Bonaparte instituted the setting of merit above birth, and also so completely stripped the divinity from royalty that, whereas crowned heads in Europe were gods before, they are only men since, and can never be gods again, but only figure-heads, and answerable for their acts like common clay. Such benefactions as these compensate the temporary harm which Bonaparte and the Revolution did, and leave the world in debt to them for these great and permanent services to liberty, humanity, and progress. Mark Twain
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation. Oscar Wilde
An epoch is but a swing of the pendulum; and each generation thinks the world is progressing because it is always moving. George Bernard Shaw
I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction. John Steinbeck
Unless we progress, we regress. Dwight D. Eisenhower
We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress. Richard P. Feynman
Too much looking backward ... is bad for progress. Henry Ward Beecher
Speculation and the exploration of ideas beyond what we know with certainty are what lead to progress. Lisa Randall
If progress is to be steady we must have long term guides extending far ahead. Dwight D. Eisenhower
If you do politics the right way, I believe, you can actually make people's lives better. And integrity is the minimum ante to get into the game. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
One who accepts the general ideas of his time gets along smoothest, but he does least for progress. Lewis F. Korns
Error is the price we pay for progress. Alfred North Whitehead
I cannot escape from the conclusion that the great ages of progress have depended upon a small number of individuals of transcendent ability. Bertrand Russell
The Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world. Bertrand Russell
One who believes as I do, that free intellect is the chief engine of human progress, cannot but be fundamentally opposed to Bolshevism as much as to the Church of Rome. The hopes which inspire communism are, in the main, as admirable as those instilled by the Sermon on the Mount, but they are held as fanatically and are as likely to do as much harm. Bertrand Russell
The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas — uncertainty, progress, change — into crimes. Salman Rushdie
What was good enough for my father is good enough for me" is a treasured English axiom which, if strictly carried out, would have kept us to wooden ploughs and water clocks. In these days we need to be inoculated with some of the nervous energy of the Americans. Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
The nation which is satisfied is lost. The nation which is not progressive is retrograding. Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
Our words must be judged by our deeds; and in striving for a lofty ideal we must use practical methods; and if we cannot attain all at one leap, we must advance towards it step by step, reasonably content so long as we do actually make some progress in the right direction. Theodore Roosevelt
The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Everything new endangers something old. A new machine replaces human hands; a new source of power threatens old businesses; a new trade route wipes out the supremacy of old ports and brings prosperity to new ones. This is the price that must be paid for progress and it is worth it. Hyman Rickover
Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today. Ayn Rand
My government's aim for Fiji is not to return to where we once were but to journey forward together to a place we have not yet been Laisenia Qarase
I found nothing but progress and hope for the future. Robert McNamara
Throughout history, rich nations have gotten to the future first. Their companies can afford to equip their tinkerers and visionaries with the most advanced materials, instruments and knowledge. Eamonn Fingleton
In a progressive country change is constant;… change … is inevitable Benjamin Disraeli
I have always felt that the best security for civilization is the dwelling, and that upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends more than anything else the improvement of mankind. Such dwellings are the nursery of all domestic virtues, and without a becoming home the exercise of those virtues is impossible. Benjamin Disraeli
Most actions do not aim at anybody’s defeat or loss. They aim at an improvement in conditions. Ludwig von Mises
Every conservative policy, however, is fated from the start to fail; after all, its essence is to stop something unstoppable, to resist a development that cannot be impeded. Ludwig von Mises
… the science of government is an experimental science, and that, like all other experimental sciences, it is generally in a state of progression. No man is so obstinate an admirer of the old times as to deny that medicine, surgery, botany, chemistry, engineering, navigation, are better understood now than in any former age. We conceive that it is the same with political science Thomas Babington Macaulay
Western fundamentalism: By this term I mean the elevation of Western modernity above all other ways of knowing and being and it includes adherence to capitalism, individualism, patriarchy, scientific rationalism, ‘Christian’ morality, commodification of the environment, private property and a belief in progress. Valerie Morse
Present-day nostalgia involves homesickness for a period of time or a way of life that is gone for good. Stephanie Coontz
History is a record of the gradual negation of man’s original bestiality by the evolution of his humanity. Mikhail Bakunin
What did you do to change the world today? Craig Venter
It is common to think of our own time as standing on the apex of human history. Robert Houghwout Jackson
Progress is never accepted by everybody. Billy Mitchell
… it is well to realize that as the years go on, we are being given a constantly increasing variety of ways in which we may do things, so we have a choice and may fit whatever we do to our personal needs and the circumstances of the moment. There are often times when I would rather travel by train, there are many times when nothing gives more pleasure than to step into a car and drive off. There are other times when I can think of no way in which to go where I want except by air. There are many times when I would rather sit at home and listen to the radio. There are times when I want to be in the great hall and actually see the orchestra playing, or hear the speech being made. It is all a question of meeting our needs and desires in new ways. Eleanor Roosevelt
Every problem we have in this country we created and we can fix it. Joe Manchin
It is useless to talk about Constitutional means for a condition of things never contemplated by any constitution. William Tecumseh Sherman
In a democracy sometimes you go forwards and sometimes you go backward. Emma Bonino
… we strangle democracy by letting a fossilizing process harden the Constitution into a cocoon which must be violently broken because it could not grow with the life within. Life implies growth, and the Constitution was never meant to be used as the Bible was by our most puritanical Puritans. The letter killeth. Do these people really want to be ruled by a frozen document? Eleanor Roosevelt
… industrial progress has frequently consolidated industry in the larger centers, leaving the people in small towns without a method of obtaining a cash income. Eleanor Roosevelt
America’s history is a continual process of trying to live up to our ideals, falling short, succeeding in some places and trying again others Anne-Marie Slaughter
If someone had told me in 1963 that in 50 years we would see a Black man in the white house, I would have said “You’re crazy! You are not living in the real world.” John Lewis
The progress of man has never been impeded by preconceived ideas regarding his abilities, his proper interests, and his appropriate activities. Woman has always been so hampered. Faith Fairfield
… we are being bogged down today as specialization extends. The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers—conclusions which he cannot find time to grasp, much less to remember, as they appear. Yet specialization becomes increasingly necessary for progress, and the effort to bridge between disciplines is correspondingly superficial. Vannevar Bush
It is not enough to teach our young people to be successful...so they can realize their ambitions, so they can earn good livings, so they can accumulate the material things that this society bestows. Those are worthwhile goals. But it is not enough to progress as individuals while our friends and neighbors are left behind Cesar Chavez
We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community...Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own Cesar Chavez
Data not only measures progress—it inspires it. Once you start measuring problems, people are more inclined to take action to fix them, because nobody wants to end up at the bottom of a list of rankings. Hillary Clinton
Reform can only move forward. It cannot stagnate. Even more so, it can’t move backward. Yu Jianrong
You make progress; then you get courage to make more. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
We are all the beneficiaries of those who have gone before us. David McCullough
Progress in a globally interdependent society relies more than ever on the unimpeded flow of information. Lee C. Bollinger
Nobody can stop the progress of history. Chen Guangcheng
Why should we hesitate to toss the old views overboard. Albert Wegener
Nothing can be more unfounded and false than the opinion that all men are born free and equal; inequality is indispensable to progress; government is not the result of compact, nor is it safe to entrust the suffrage to all. John C. Calhoun
It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up the stairs. Vaclav Havel
The technical progress of the last half-century has transformed our country in countless ways. But, fortunately, we have continued to keep our own customs and culture. It is up to us now, more than ever, in shaping our new country, to achieve a consolidation, in which neither the rapid progress of recent years, nor the age-old customs of our forefathers, are lost or diminished, but rather fused into a new national characteristic in which the best is preserved, while the worst may be thrown away. Milton Obote
America's problem is how to free itself from the grip of its exhausted ideas. William Pfaff
… discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure. Thomas A. Edison
Pollution Prevention, Not Polluter Protection Not blind opposition to progress, but opposition to blind progress. Sierra Club
Future comes by itself, progress does not. Poul Henningsen
What makes Progressives is their confidence in Progress. Thai Jones
For a new type of progress throughout the world to become a reality, everyone must change. Tolerance is the alpha and omega of a new world order. Mikhail Gorbachev
All the marvels of science and the gains of culture belong to the nation as a whole, and never again will man’s brain and human genius be used for oppression and exploitation. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
Two things have always been true about human beings. One, the world is always getting better. Two, the people living at that time think it`s getting worse. Penn Jillette
Certainly none of the advances made in civilization has been due to counterrevolutionaries and advocates of the status quo. Bill Mauldin
Therein lies the greatness of man. Fear is never allowed to dominate that desire for greater knowledge and as long as mankind retains that spirit we will move forward. Eleanor Roosevelt
… the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. Franklin D. Roosevelt
[Fidel] Castro was gifted leader who engineered social improvements that benefitted most Cubans, a statesman who placed Cuba at the center of world politics, and a masterful tactician who outlasted ten hostile U. S. Presidents… Richard Feinberg
Most want progress but hardly anybody wants change. Change is almost always a little traumatic. Robert C. Khayat
… modern civilization … enables us to cure sickness on a huge scale and to destroy each other on a huge scale. It enables us to liberate each other on a huge scale and to tyrannize each other on a huge scale…. There is no evidence of any continuous upward line of social progress Richard Crossman
There are no doors that we cannot unlock. Geraldine Ferraro
Since the war [WWII], the world has been rushing forward at an unprecedented and exhilarating speed … Yet Britain lags behind, lacking the will or the plan which can bring this future within the reach of us all. Harold Wilson
The thing I have learned this year is that any improvement in the great mass of women is only possible through socialism… Bertrand Russell
Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex. Karl Marx
… growth is necessary to meet the requirements of social and national progress Georges Marchais
Wealth may not necessarily be the decisive element in the progress of women, but it does create the conditions for further emancipation and equality. Donald Sassoon
The only way to progress is to make mistakes… We are learning the hard way. Hazem Al Beblawi
When women succeed America succeeds. Barack Obama
The organization of independent nations which has followed the disappearance of the Holy Roman Empire is in the main the outgrowth of that progress in civilization which leads peoples to seek the liberty of local self-government according to their own ideas. Elihu Root
No people ever sees clearly those steps in its own progress, those events in its own life, which future generations will count glorious. Charles W. Eliot
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. Oscar Wilde
Progress does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability. Martin Luther King Jr.
There can be no equality of opportunity, the first essential of justice in the body politic, if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives, their very vitality, from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with. Woodrow Wilson
… economic systems ... have never arranged themselves by themselves. It is men who do the ordering according to their attitudes, desires and understanding of things. Changes take place, not independent of man's will, but on account of man's wills. Civilization has progressed by man's interference with material conditions. Goparaju Ramachandra Rao
We may make progress only by freeing ourselves from the rut of the past, but without this rut an orderly society would hardly be possible in the first place. Robert Heilbroner
To picture world history as advancing smoothly and steadily without sometimes taking gigantic strides backward is undialectical, unscientific and theoretically wrong Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
True progress consists in submitting the human element which corrupts liberty, to the divine element which purifies it. Society has followed a different path in looking upon the empire of faith as dead; and in proclaiming the empire of reason and the will of man. Juan Donoso Cortes
The secret of success lies in investing into education, as the wealthy countries do. This means not in technology and machines first. That would come later, with educated and qualified individuals. Considering that we are lagging behind reforms, the only way to make up for such gap is to have a non-linear development by making leaps, all of which would be have an education as a base. Education, training, knowledge, are the major driving forces of progress. Zoran Dindic
In reality, bias against ‘heretics’ is felt today just as it used to be. Many give way to it as much as their forefathers used to do. Only, they have turned it against political adversaries. Those are the only ones with whom they refuse to mix. Sectarianism has only changed its object and taken other forms, because the vital interest has shifted. Should we dare to say that this shifting is progress? Henri de Lubac
Things standing shall fall, but the moving ever shall stay Basava
Most civilizational advancements occurred under empires. Robert D. Kaplan
… we should remember that the real power behind international as well as national progress towards better conditions is public opinion Elihu Root
We are the force for progress, prosperity, and peace. Hillary Clinton
It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the progressive mind was characteristically a journalistic mind and that its characteristic contribution was that of the socially responsible reporter-reformer. Richard Hofstadter
We plow new fields, we open new mines, we found new cities, we girdle the land with iron roads and lace the air with telegraph wires. We add knowledge to knowledge and utilize invention after invention. Yet it becomes no easier for the masses of our people to make a living. On the contrary, it is becoming harder. Henry George
The day for progress by force has passed. From now on it will be progress by ideas or not at all. Norman Angell
The Ottoman Government has abrogated, as from the first of October next, the conventions known as the Capitulations, restricting the sovereignty of Turkey in her relations with certain powers. All privileges and immunities accessory to these conventions or issuing therefrom are equally repealed. Having thus freed itself from what was an intolerable obstacle to all progress in the Empire, the Imperial Government has adopted as the basis of its relations with the other powers the general principles of international law. Turkey
...the splitting up of mankind into a multitude of infinitesimal governments, in accordance with their actual differences of dialect or their presumed differences of race, would be to undo the work of civilization and renounce all the benefits which the slow and painful process of consolidation has procured for mankind...It is the agglomeration and not the comminution of states to which civilization is constantly tending; it is the fusion and not the isolation of races by which the physical and moral excellence of the species is advanced. There are races, as there are trees, which cannot stand erect by themselves, and which, if their growth is not hindered by artificial constraints, are all the healthier for twining round some robuster stem. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
Christianity has found its triumphs and shown its fruits in every nation and tribe upon the globe; and its results have been in every case the same. Virtue, social order, prosperity, blessedness, the elevation and improvement, in all respects, of the human life, are the uniform and exclusive inheritance of those who receive the gospel. Julius Hawley Seelye
I've seen anti-Semitism essentially disappear in my adult life as a social and economic factor. There may be some nuts out there, but generally things are fine. I think the same thing will happen with gayness. We'll get to a point soon enough where it's not even an issue anymore. But progress can be slow Barney Frank
Revolutions never go backward. Wendell Phillips
The world has grown rich and refined, but chiefly by the efforts of those who themselves continue poor and ignorant. Theodore Parker
… ideas are structures built over time, each part added by a new generation. Daniel Hulsebosch
To preserve the freedom of the human mind then and freedom of the press, every spirit should be ready to devote itself to martyrdom; for as long as we may think as we will, and speak as we think, the condition of man will proceed in improvement. Thomas Jefferson
Without free speech no search for Truth is possible; without free speech no discovery of Truth is useful; without free speech progress is checked, and the nations no longer march forward towards the nobler life which the future holds for man. Better a thousand-fold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day; the denial slays the life of the people and entombs the hope of the race. Charles Bradlaugh
If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts. Camille Paglia
When the Chief Justice read me the oath and came to the words ‘support the Constitution of the United States’ I felt like saying: "Yes, but it's the Constitution as I understand it, flexible enough to meet any new problem of democracy--not the kind of Constitution your Court has raised up as a barrier to progress and democracy.”. Franklin D. Roosevelt
America is a republic gradually and surely becoming the supreme moral factor in the world’s progress and the accepted arbiter of the World’s disputes. William Jennings Bryan
Wherever I go, I get a sense of longing for community and the desire on the part of grassroots citizens to be part of something bigger and far nobler than themselves. This attitude is particularly evident among the young, many of whom feel deprived of a great cause in which to enlist. . Gerald R. Ford
The more we examine the actual course of affairs, the more we are amazed at the unnecessary suffering that has been inflicted upon the people. No generalities about natural law or inevitable development can blind us to the fact, that the progress in which we believe has been won at the expense of much injustice and wrong, which was not inevitable. Arnold J. Toynbee
No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy Lyman Beecher
To her own people … she was kind and merciful, and to foreigners she was just… The Empress Dowager has been the first of her race to apprehend the problem of the relation of China to the outside world and to make use of this relation to strengthen her dynasty and promote material progress… She is universally esteemed by foreigners and revered by her own people and was regarded as being one of the greatest characters in history. Charles Denby
We have worked nearly 30 years, but the lives of the Tibetans have not improved. Hu-Yaobang
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone, you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone, you leave it to a torrent of change. Gilbert K. Chesterton
Our goal is to move forward, but we know that to avoid falling backward, we must be willing to look backward and to come to terms with what happened in the past. Tom Malinowski
The great thing about ideas is that every new idea leads to two more new ones. It’s the opposite of a gold rush, where the more people who show up in 1849 to get that gold in California, the faster the gold runs out. Ideas are not like that; ideas breed. Jeff Bezos
The future is not a gift; it’s an achievement. Robert Kennedy
Liberalism is: To indulge in personal attacks, pick quarrels, vent personal spite or seek revenge instead of entering into an argument and struggling against incorrect views for the sake of unity or progress or getting the work done properly Mao Zedong
Liberalism is: To indulge in personal attacks, pick quarrels, vent personal spite or seek revenge instead of entering into an argument and struggling against incorrect views for the sake of unity or progress or getting the work done properly Mao Zedong
One cannot advance without mistakes... It is necessary to make mistakes. The party cannot be educated without learning from mistakes. This has great significance. Mao Zedong
[Women’s subjugation to men] is one of the chief hindrances to human improvement. John Stuart Mill
A deliberative assembly should be formed, and all measures be decided by public opinion. Mutsuhito Meiji
Leadership is a journey, not a destination. You never arrive. Carly Fiorina
Young people in the third world can participate in global security if they also can participate in global prosperity. Ashraf Ghani
There is an appealing moral clarity in dividing the world into friend and foe. But in reality, progress in international affairs so often demands working with those with whom we do not see eye to eye. Joe Biden
Our elevation must be the result of self-efforts and work of our own hands. No other human power can accomplish it.... Let our young men and young women prepare themselves for usefulness and business; that the men may enter into merchandise, trading, and other things of importance; the young women may become teachers of various kinds, and otherwise fill places of usefulness. Parents must turn their attention more to the education of their children. Martin Delany
The Edwardians were preoccupied with the concept of progress, which they defined as measurable, scientific, and technical. But what about a word to describe progress in areas that defy any meaningful metric, such as love or elegance or amusement or mercy? Denis Boyles
The act of feeling what you believe other people feel is morally corosive.... If we want to be good and caring people, if we want to make the world a better place , then we are better off withouit empathy. Paul Bloom
Much of the professed concern about the white working class is a cover for the interests of white elites who evoke working-class solidarity to combat racial, sexual and gender progress. Michael Dyson
The future belongs to those who change it. Amazon.com
If in any case I did find error in that which I have collected from my natural understanding, I should count it good fortune, since I enjoy life, and endeavour to pass it not in weeping and sighing, but in peace, joy, and cheerfulness, and from time to time climb thereby a step higher. Baruch Spinoza
It has become impossible to deny or obscure the great chasm . . . between an elite that seizes modernity’s choicest fruits while disdaining older truths and uprooted masses, who, on finding themselves cheated of the same fruits, recoil into cultural supremacism, populism and rancorous brutality. Pankaj Mishra
Clear rules for global relations create opportunities and incentives to innovate, invest and work--the critical drivers of economicv progress, History shows that the absense of a durable framework not only squanders untapped potential during good times, but also creates grave risks during turbulant times. Jacob Lew
Think back to the time when Agriculture was not labor efficient. We have lost all these jobs. But I don't think anyone is too sad about it. Andrew W. Moore
I know that without change there would be no progress, but I am not going to mistake mere change for progress. Dewey Jackson Short
It is the tragic story of the cultural crusader in a mass society that he cannot win, but that we would be lost without him. Paul Lazarsfeld
In 10 years, ... you're going to see the most valuable economy in the world -- the largest economy in the world -- is going to be a country run by communists. The Chinese seem to be very good at capitalism. And this is going to have fundamental problems and present an identity crisis for the United States. Because for a long time, free markets coincided with liberties such as free speech, free press, free religion. And all of a sudden, this equation is going to be decoupled. And when it gets decoupled, we might find that democracy, the multitude of voices, actually impedes capitalism because a state that does not have any pretense of limited government can very quickly mandate a regulatory framework for drones, for electric cars, for self-driving cars, for any new innovation where they feel that they can leapfrog Western societies. And this is a very unique thing in the American experience. And this is why it's very important to think of American capitalism as an operating system and not as an ideology. Because when you think about it as an ideology, you can have good politics make for very, very bad policy. That market outcomes and democratic voices and battles for votes can end up stifling progress. Bhu Srinivasan III
The Negro family, battered and harassed by discrimination, injustice, and uprooting, is in the deepest trouble. While many young Negroes are moving ahead to unprecedented levels of achievement, many more are falling further and further behind. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
New technologies are often met with skepticism. But if the world is to continue the remarkable progress of the past few decades, it is vital that scientists, subject to safety and ethics guidelines, be encouraged to continue taking advantage of such promising tools as CRISPR. Bill Gates
One of the main reasons that we have made so much progress in so many technological areas in recent years is that many people care about those areas. Bill Gates

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