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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.

The world is moving so fast now-a-days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
The slogan of progress is changing from the full dinner pail to the full garage.
I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am and listening to them. And I assume that everyone is smarter about something than I am.
Progress is the stride of God.
Progress is the life-style of man. The general life of the human race is called Progress, and so is its collective march. Progress advances, it makes the great human and earthly journey towards what is heavenly and divine; it has its pauses, when it rallies the stragglers, its stopping places when it meditates, contemplating some new and splendid promised land that has suddenly appeared on its horizon. It has its nights of slumber; and it is one of the poignant anxieties of the thinker to see the human spirit lost in shadow, and to grope in the darkness without being able to awake sleeping progress.
The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.
Progress celebrates victories over nature. Progress makes purses out of human skin. When people were traveling in mail coaches, the world got ahead better than it does now that salesmen fly through the air. What good is speed if the brain has oozed out on the way? How will the heirs of this age be taught the most basic motions that are necessary to activate the most complicated machines? Nature can rely on progress; it will avenge it for the outrage it has perpetrated on it.
Progress, under whose feet the grass mourns and the forest turns into paper from which newspaper plants grow, has subordinated the purpose of life to the means of subsistence and turned us into the nuts and bolts for our tools.
Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?
Enthusiastic partisans of the idea of progress are in danger of failing to recognize... the immense riches accumulated by the human race. By underrating the achievements of the past, they devalue all those which still remain to be accomplished.
I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.
Time advances: facts accumulate; doubts arise. Faint glimpses of truth begin to appear, and shine more and more unto the perfect day. The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and to reflect the dawn. They are bright, while the level below is still in darkness. But soon the light, which at first illuminated only the loftiest eminences, descends on the plain, and penetrates to the deepest valley. First come hints, then fragments of systems, then defective systems, then complete and harmonious systems. The sound opinion, held for a time by one bold speculator, becomes the opinion of a small minority, of a strong minority, of a majority of mankind. Thus, the great progress goes on.
Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring, through obeying the blind urge.
Today, the notion of progress in a single line without goal or limit seems perhaps the most parochial notion of a very parochial century.
Progress might have been alright once, but it has gone on too long.
Progress is mediation comes swiftly for those who try their hardest.
It takes five years to design a new car in this country. Heck, we won World War II in four years.
Not to go back is somewhat to advance, and men must walk, at least, before they dance.
When a blind man carries a lame man both go forward.
The simplest school boy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.
You can't say that civilization don't advance... for in every war they kill you a new way.
The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
A process which led from the amoebae to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress -- though whether the amoebae would agree with this opinion is not known.
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual.
All progress means war with society.
All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions.
The true law of the race is progress and development. Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.
The progress of the world is the history of men who would not permit defeat to speak the final word.
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.
Why aren't we making any progress towards a crime-free society? We're not making progress because we are too damn busy making excuses.
Most people are in favor of progress, it's the changes they don't like.
Once an organization loses its spirit of pioneering and rests on its early work, its progress stops.
Only mediocrities progress. An artist revolves in a cycle of masterpieces, the first of which is no less perfect than the last.
Our civilization is characterized by the word progress. Progress is its form rather than making progress being one of its features. Typically it constructs. It is occupied with building an ever more complicated structure. And even clarity is sought only
A radical is one of whom people say He goes too far. A conservative, on the other hand, is one who doesn't go far enough. Then there is the reactionary, one who doesn't go at all. All these terms are more or less objectionable, wherefore we have
Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
We built tall buildings, but we have not become any taller.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.