All that is human must retrograde if it do not advance. -Edward Gibbon
The moving van is a symbol of more than our restlessness, it is the most conclusive evidence possible of our progress. -Louis Kronenberger
All progress is based upon the universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income. -Samuel Butler
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Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.
-Thomas A. Edison
Progress is not created by contented people. -Frank Tyger
Do a little more than average and from that point on our progress multiplies itself out of all proportion to the effort put in. -Paul J. Meyer
The moment a man ceases to progress, to grow higher, wider and deeper, then his life becomes stagnant. -Orison S. Marden
Great steps in human progress are made by things that don’t work the way philosophy thought they should. If things always worked the way they should, you could write the history of the world from now on. But they don’t, and it is those deviations from the normal that make human progress. -Charles F. Ketting
I am suffocated and lost when I have not the bright feeling of progression.
The whole story of human and personal progress is an unmitigated tale of denials today–denials of rest, denials of repose and comfort and ease and pleasure–that tomorrow may be richer. -James Carroll
Restlessness is discontent–and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. -Thomas A. Edison
We are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life. -James Freeman Clarke
Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil; our great hope lies in developing what is good. -Calvin Coolidge
The time of day I do not tell,
As some do, by the clock,
Or by the distant chiming bells
Set on some steeple rack,
But by the progress that I see
In what I have to do.
It’s either Done O’clock to me,
Or only Half-Past Through.
-John Kendrick Bangs
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