Enjoy our progress quotes collection by famous authors, philosophers and presidents.

To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.


“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
Frank Zappa

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

“I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.”
Carl Sandburg

“Never confuse movement with action.”
Ernest Hemingway

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
Abraham Lincoln

“To truly grow, you have to be ready to leave the version of you behind that you once celebrated growing into.”
Mischaela Elkins

“The concept of time can be viewed as a continuum extending from the past to the present and to the future in which events happen in an irreversible progression.”
Sunday Adelaja, No One Is Better Than You

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“Girls you’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page.”
Tori Amos, Tori Amos: From the Choirgirl Hotel

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
R. Buckminster Fuller – Progress Quotes

“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”
Robert A. Heinlein

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”
Rosa Luxemburg

“The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.”
Jim Morrison

“A developed nation is also an expensive nation.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“Accepting ourselves as a work in progress helps to bridge the confidence to step into courage and over fear.”
Akiroq Brost

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“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”
Nikola Tesla

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt – Progress Quotes

“Push your boundaries beyond the ordinary; be that “extra” in “extraordinary.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow. With out them we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence. ”
H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

“And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano

“The only way to make progress is to start.”
Avina Celeste

“You know that when the local utility company is trying to assassinate you, that your research into their frauds and corruption is progressing in the right direction.”
Steven Magee

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“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”
Peter Golkin

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”
Alan Turing, Computing machinery and intelligence

“The farther you go, however, the harder it is to return. The world has many edges, and it’s easy to fall off.”
Anderson Cooper

“Innovators with resources and smartness, are more busy with pompous dreams of colonizing mars, while their own kind suffers on earth.”
Abhijit Naskar

“If a nation is progressing, the nation will prosper.”
Sunday Adelaja, No One Is Better Than You

“Art is the medium through which new thoughts, perspectives, and attitudes are brought into the world.”
James Rozoff – Progress Quotes

“Greed is a contagious mental illness without which civilization as we know it would not have been possible.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

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“It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

“We have laboured long to build a heaven, only to find it populated with horrors.”
Alan Moore, Watchmen

“Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure.”
Thomas A. Edison, Diary and Sundry Observations of Thomas Alva Edison

“Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Ideas and not battles mark the forward progress of mankind.”
L. Ron Hubbard

“Suppression of progress plays into the hands of the social enemy. Every advance in social justice establishes the nation.”
Henry Ford

“Do not impress others at the expense of your progress.”
Gift Gugu Mona – Progress Quotes

“In the 1940s dams were synonymous with progress, and the rivers were to be conquered with the fervour of a pioneer wielding an axe.”
Tim Palmer, Endangered Rivers and the Conservation Movement

“Success may require a lot of days. But progress only requires one.”
T. Jay Taylor

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“The purpose of fear is to raise your awareness not to stop your progress.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“When you do what you love, the seemingly impossible becomes simply challenging, the laborious becomes purposeful resistance, the difficult loses its edge and is trampled by your progress.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.”
Alasdair Gray

“Progress is not an illusion; it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.”
George Orwell

“Stay away from conflictive, negative people that pull you down, because they contaminate your energy and impede your progress. Search for people who look at the world with optimism, that inspire you, make you happy and provide peace of mind.”
Pablo

“Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.”
Russell Baker – Progress Quotes

“Failure in research is far better than having ideas that are never followed up on.”
Steven Magee

“As a species, wise, harmonious progress is our mission.”
Abhijit Naskar, I Am The Thread: My Mission

“If you want to change something, whether in a relationship, work, or anywhere, identify and focus on the few most important bits, and don’t throw in extras to mess it up.”
Jay Woodman

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“Change is the parent of progress.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Maybe you who condemn me are in greater fear than I who am condemned.”
Giordano Bruno

“Too much action with too little intent makes for wasteful exertion of energy and the confusion between movement and progress.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Whatever is produced in haste goes hastily to waste.”
Saadi

“The European talks of progress because by the aid of a few scientific discoveries he has established a society which has mistaken comfort for civilization.”
Benjamin Disraeli

“It is better to try and fail than to wonder what if.”
Steven Magee

“Comfort: The enemy of progress.”
Jenny Bicks & Bill Condon

“Would a bird build its nest if it did not have its instinct for confidence in the world?”
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw – Progress Quotes

inspirational quotes about progress

“The sacred formula of positivism: love as a principle, the order as a foundation, and progress as a goal.”
Auguste Comte

“I always make sure that the world will prove me right. It gives me the freedom to contradict myself.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“There can be no progress without head-on confrontation.”
Christopher Hitchens, Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

“People who want a cure, provided they can have it without pain, are like those who favour progress, provided they can have it without change.”
Anthony de Mello, Awareness: A de Mello Spirituality Conference in His Own Words

“Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.”
F.W. Dupee

“All progress must, and can only be, based on truth: the way it is.”
Joseph Rain, The Unfinished Book About Who We Are

“Unclench your fists. Lower your shoulders. Step away. Then come back with a clear head, redouble your efforts. I believe in you.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda

“You need to be able to think Independently.”
David Sikhosana, Time Value of Money: Timing Income

“To move forward, one need only take the first step.”
Chase Neill – Progress Quotes

inspirational quotes about progress

“A man learns to skate by staggering about and making a fool of himself. Indeed he progresses in all things by resolutely making a fool of himself.”
George Bernard Shaw, Advice to a Young Critic

“One of the most moral acts is to create a space in which life can move forward.”
Robert M. Pirsig

“A person who makes few mistakes makes little progress.”
Bryant McGill

“The simplest schoolboy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.”
Ernest Renan

“Conformity to the present is invisibility to the future.”
Stefan Molyneux

“Social media is the only vehicle I know that progresses forward while the passengers regress.”
Sanjo Jendayi

“Humans progress is made through three stages: Dependent, independent, and interdependent.”
Pearl Zhu, Digital Fit: Manifest Future of Business with Multidimensional Fit

“Look forward to failure. Fail quickly. If it does not start with Failure it is probably not meant to be.”
David Sikhosana, Time Value of Money: Timing Income

“Never be in a state of dissociation when it comes to your decisions.”
David Sikhosana, Time Value of Money: Timing Income

inspirational quotes about progress

“Progress is made by the improvement of people, not the improvement of machines.”
Adrian Tchaikovsky, Blood of the Mantis

“Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.”
Barry Gehm

“A goal ensures progress. But one gets much further without a goal.”
Marty Rubin – Progress Quotes

“These times are too progressive. Everything has changed too fast. Railroads and telegraphs and kerosene and coal stoves — they’re good to have but the trouble is, folks get to depend on ’em.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Long Winter

“When we really want to go for something better, we shall smash the old. Until then, any sort of proposal, or making proposals, is no more than a tiresome game for self-important people.”
D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love

“Speed-the illusion that one is getting somewhere.”
Marty Rubin

“If we don’t want to change ourselves, how can we expect progress and abundance?”
Debasish Mridha

“To move forward, you must first take a step.”
Chase S.M. Neill

“You cannot win at that which you never start.”
Clyde Lee Dennis

inspirational quotes about progress

“We should use our imagination more than our memory.”
Shimon Peres

“Progress should never be impeded by a need to coddle adults who respond to the world as children.”
Kelli Jae Baeli, Supernatural Hypocrisy: The Cognitive Dissonance of a God Cosmology

“Stop allowing your outdated ideas to hinder your progress. How would your life be different if you became open to new information that can refine, improve, enhance your way of thinking, and empower your way of living?”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“The Christian versions of the household codes were clearly progressive for their time, but does that mean they have the last word, that Christians in changing places and times cannot progress further?”
Rachel Held Evans, A Year of Biblical Womanhood

“The world is to be carried forward by truth, which at first offends, which wins its way by degrees, which the many hate and would rejoice to crush.”
William Ellery Channing

“Science has given us the truth but taken away our tranquillity.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“Opportunities to learn are the opportunities to grow.”
Sukant Ratnakar, Open the Windows

“The only real progress in any activity is to love it more and more.”
Marty Rubin – Progress Quotes

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw

inspirational quotes about progress

“If the Communists win Europe and a large part of the world, it will not be because they know how to stir up discontent or how to infect people with hatred, but because they know how to preach hope.”
Eric Hoffer

“To progress is always to begin always to begin again.”
Martin Luther, Commentary on Romans

“In other words, I tasted a different drug. A drug called progress.”
Cameron Conaway, Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet

“Pro and con are opposites, that fact is clearly seen. If progress means to move forward, then what does congress mean?”
Nipsey Russell

“Men are in fact, quite unable to control their own inventions; they at best develop adaptability to the new conditions those inventions create.”
John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga

“No field of human excellence can progress without a genuine humane conscience driving it in the right direction.”
Abhijit Naskar, Lord is My Sheep: Gospel of Human

“If the successor does better than the ancestor world remembers the successor, like the maker of a car, is still remembered but not the maker of a bullock cart.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words – Progress Quotes

inspirational quotes about progress

“I am convinced that human history has not yet begun, that we find ourselves in the last period of the prehistoric.”
Bartolomeo Vanzetti

“Commitment mixed with drive and sprinkled with imagination creates sustained results. Stay focused and you will make your mark!”
Amy Leigh Mercree

“Have faith that your child’s brain is an evolving planet that rotates at its own speed. It will naturally be attracted to or repel certain subjects.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”
George Orwell

“Progress is measured by the speed at which we destroy the conditions that sustain life.”
George Monbiot

“The best answers often come only after we have discovered the correct questions.”
T Jay Taylor – Progress Quotes

“Leverage Everything.”
GE Paulus

inspirational quotes about progress

“The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.”
G.K. Chesterton

“Stagnation is self-abdication.”
Ryan Talbot

“Democracy is reproached with saying that the majority is always right. But progress says that the minority is always right.”
G.K. Chesterton, What I Saw in America

“Does progress mean that we dissolve our ancient myths? If we forget our legends, I fear that we shall close an important door to the imagination.”
James Christensen

“Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.”
Victor Hugo

“When you sense you need courage, you are going to next level of life.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words – Progress Quotes

“Change is a slow process. Keep going toward your goals. When you feel like giving up, remember how good it will feel to change your life into the wonderful life you have imagined.”
Avina Celeste

inspirational quotes about progress

“A liberal knows that the only certainty in this life is change but believes that the change can be directed toward a constructive end.”
Henry A. Wallace

“The only principle that does not inhibit progress is: anything goes.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend

“Progress imposes not only new possibilities for the future but new restrictions.”
Norbert Wiener

“Don’t ask a writer what he’s working on. It’s like asking someone with cancer on the progress of his disease.”
Amy Lowell

“In these days of faith-cures, and hypnotism, and telepathy, and subliminalities – why, the simple old world grows very confusing. But rarely, very rarely novel.”
Walter de la Mare, The Return – Progress Quotes

“One day of positive thinking won’t change your life. You must actively; every day, be working to change your thoughts into positive ones. The work you put into changing your life is the progress you get out.”
Avina Celeste

“Progress first requires a step to be taken.”
Chase S.M. Neill

inspirational quotes about progress

“We cannot move forward if we allow the past to pull us back.”
Rodrigo Duterte

“Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.”
Robert A. Heinlein

“Without a constant misuse of language there cannot be any discovery, any progress.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge

“Progress is discovering what you can do without.”
Marty Rubin

“Idle to pretend that we have lost paradise. We never had it; it is still to make.”
Susan Ertz, Anger in the Sky

“Cynicism is one of the terrible obstacles to progress.”
Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

“When you are in his sort of business – now my business – you are not defined by who you are but who you are not.”
Anthony Horowitz, Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin

“Moving forward first requires a step to be taken.”
Chase S.M. Neill

inspirational quotes about progress

“Perhaps nothing is so fraught with significance as the human hand, this oldest tool with which man has dug his way from savagery, and with which he is constantly groping forward.”
Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House

“I believe that we are all born for greatness yet most of us mire in the mediocrity of life. We become complacent or worse, discouraged and stagnate. We damn ourselves by not progressing.”
Toni Sorenson

“I do not know by what extraordinary mental accident modern writers so constantly connect the idea of progress with the idea of independent thinking.”
G.K. Chesterton, Heretics – Progress Quotes

“Progress is not accomplished in one stage.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“Action is traction.”
Rob Liano

“Every civilization depends on the quality of the individuals it produces. If you over-organize humans, over-legalize them, suppress their urge to greatness– they cannot work and their civilization collapses.”
Frank Herbert

“Mark the spirit of invention everywhere, thy rapid patents, Thy continual workshops, foundries, risen or rising, See, from their chimneys how the tall flame-fires stream.”
Walt Whitman

“There are things done today in electrical science which would have been deemed unholy by the very man who discovered electricity, who would themselves not so long before been burned as wizards.”
Bram Stoker

“We progress a step farther, in each tick of the clock.”
Ronnie Cornelisz

“We are not helpless. We all have the ability to make this world a better place. We can start with small steps, one day at a time.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman

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