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The simple faith in progress is not a conviction belonging to strength, but one belonging to acquiescence and hence to weakness.

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 wisest man may be wiser today than he was yesterday, and tomorrow than he is today. Total freedom from change would imply total freedom from error; but this is the prerogative of Omniscience alone.

The world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome, dubious eggs, called possibilities.

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.

There is no progress without change, so you must have patience.

There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, and all things in succession. That which grows slowly endures.

This world of ours is a new world, in which the unit of knowledge, the nature of human communities, the order of society, the order of ideas, the very notions of society and culture have changed, and will not return to what they have been in the past. What is new is new, not because it has never been there before, but because it has changed in quality.

Today every invention is received with a cry of triumph which soon turns into a cry of fear.

True conservatism is substantial progress; it holds fast what is true and good in order to advance in both. - recast away the old is not of necessity to obtain the new. - To reject anything that is valuable, lessens the power of gaining more. That a thing is new does not of course commend; that it is old does not discredit. The test question is, "Is it true or good?"

Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.

We are never present with, but always beyond ourselves. - Fear, desire, and hope are still pushing us on toward the future.

We cannot believe that the church of God is already possessed of all that light which God intends to give it; nor that all Satan's lurking places have already been found out.

We ought not to be over-anxious to encourage innovation, in cases of doubtful improvement, for an old system must ever have two advantages over a new one; it is established and it is understood.

We should so live and labor in our time that what came to us as seed may go to the next generation as blossom, and what came to us as blossom may go to them as fruit. - This is what we mean by progress.

Westward the course of empire takes its way.

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it.

What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.

Who are they that would have all mankind look backward instead of forward, and regulate their conduct by things that have been done? those who are the most ignorant as to all things that are doing. Bacon said, time is the greatest of innovators; he might also have said the greatest of improvers.

Works of true merit are seldom very popular in their own day; for knowledge is on the march and men of genius are the videttes that are far in advance of their comrades. They are not with them, but before them; not in the camp, but beyond it.

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