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Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself.

Author: Jane Addams (1860-1935)

Profession: American Writer, Social Reformer

If the human race wants to go to hell in a basket, technology can help it get there by jet.

Author: Charles M. Allen

Profession: American Professor

The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know.

Author: Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962)

Profession: French Scientist, Philosopher, Literary Theorist

Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.

Author: Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)

Profession: British Economist, Critic

It's the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you're mad, then dangerous, then there's a pause and then you can't find anyone who disagrees with you.

Author: Tony Benn (1925)

Profession: British Labor Politician

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.

Author: Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904)

Profession: American Author, Lawyer

All progress is experimental.

Author: John Jay Chapman (1862-1933)

Profession: American Author

The reason for the slow progress of the world seems to lie in a single fact. Every man is born under the yoke, and grows up beneath the oppressions of his age. He can only get a vision of the unselfish forces in the world by appealing to them, and every appeal is a call to arms. If he fights he must fight, not one man, but a conspiracy. He is always at war with a civilization. On his side is proverbial philosophy, a galaxy of invisible saints and sages, and the half-developed consciousness and professions of everybody. Against him is the world, and every selfish passion in his own heart.

Author: John Jay Chapman (1862-1933)

Profession: American Author

New roads; new ruts.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.

Author: Shirley Chisholm (1924)

Profession: American Social activist

We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.

Author: James Freeman Clarke (1810-1888)

Profession: American Minister, Theologian

He that is good, will infallibly become better, and he that is bad, will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue and time are three things that never stand still.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.

Author: Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

Profession: Thirtieth President of the USA

I was taught that the way of progress I neither swift nor easy.

Author: Madame Marie Curie (1867-1934)

Profession: Polish-born French Physicist

The pace of progress will accelerate so that even engineers and technical managers will find it necessary to recycle back through school after no more than ten years. In particular fast-moving technologies skills will become obsolete every five years or so.

Author: Owen Davies