Progress: He retired from doing business paperwork at the office to doing health paperwork at home.
All progress is based upon the universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912)
The whole story of human and personal progress is an unmitigated tale of denials today-denials of rest, denials or repose and comfort and ease and pleasure-that tomorrow may be richer.
The Mastery of Nervousness: Based Upon Self Reeducation (1918)
We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road—the one "less traveled by"—offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.
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 everyone takes a salutory pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path toward errors is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.
The Descent of Man
Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure.
All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
The progress is made by correcting the mistakes resulting from the making of progress.
Anything that interferes with individual progress ultimately will retard group progress.
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
Law and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
Progress consists largely of learning to apply laws and truths that have always existed.
All genuine progress results from finding new facts. No law can be passed to make an acre yield three hundred bushels. God has already established the laws. It is four us to discover them, and to learn the facts by which we can obey them.
Progress is not made by taking pride in our present standards but by critically examining these standards, hypothetically setting higher standards and attempting to achieve them.
The greater part of progress is the desire to progress.
Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
The true law of the race is progress and development. Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.
Egeria: Or, Voices of Thought and Counsel for the Woods and Wayside (1853).
Progress is always the product of fresh thinking, and much of it thinking which to practical men bears the semblance of dreaming.