All in the name of “progress”

  • A thousand things advance; nine hundred and ninety-nine retreat; that is progress. – Henri Frederic Amiel
  • And from the discontent of man / The world’s best progress springs – Ellia Wheeler Wilcox
  • The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends upon the unreasonable man. – George Bernard Shaw
  • The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits. – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. – Alfred North Whitehead
  • Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. – Johann von Goethe
  • Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. – James Bryant Comant
  • The rule is jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today. – Lewis Carroll
  • Today every invention is received with a cry of triumph which soon turns into a cry of fear. – Bertolt Brecht
  • There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, and all things in succession. That which grows slowly endures. – J.G. Holland

(ed. – No doubt our society’s creed is “All in the name of progress.” Still, once in a while, one must ask as Stanislaw Lee has: “Is it progress if a cannibal uses knife and fork?”)


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