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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.

Society moves slowly toward civilization, but when we compare epochs half a century or even quarter of a century apart, we perceive many signs that progress is made.

Some falls are means the happier to rise.

Some men so dislike the dust kicked up by the generation they belong to, that, being unable to pass, they lag behind it.

That past which is so presumptuously brought forward as a precedent for the present, was itself founded on some past that went before it.

That which comes into the world to disturb nothing deserves neither respect nor patience.

The art of nations is cumulative, just as science and history are; the work of living men not superseding but building itself on the work of the past.

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.

The books which once we valued more than the apple of the eye, we have quite exhausted. What is that but, saying that we have come up with the point of view which the universal mind took through the eyes of one scribe; we have been that man, and have passed on.

The century on which we are entering can be and must be the century of the common man.

The fundamental magic of flying is a miracle that has nothing to do with any of its practical purposes - purposes of speed, accessibility and convenience - and will not change as they change.

The grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older, and societies better.

The individual and the race are always moving; and as we drift into new latitudes new lights open in the heavens ttore immediately over us.

The major advances in civilization are processes which all but wreck the societies in which they occur.

The mind naturally makes progress, and the will naturally clings to objects; so that for want of right objects, it will attach itself to wrong ones.

The moral law of the universe is progress. Every generation that passes idly over the earth without adding to that progress remains uninscribed upon the register of humanity, and the succeeding generation tramples its ashes as dust.

The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.

The power to question is the basis of all human progress.

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.

The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.


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