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  • "See everything. Overlook a great deal. Improve a little."
    Pope John XXIII (18811963), Italian pope
    Source: Quoted in The Power of IT (Jean De Sutter, 2004)
  • "Much work remains to be done before we can announce our total failure to make any progress."
    E. L. Kersten, US satirist, former organizational communication academic
    Source: The Art of Demotivation (2003)
  • "How we feel about the evolving future tells us who we are as individuals and as a civilization: Do we search for stasis—a regulated, engineered world? Or do we embrace dynamism—a world of constant creation, discovery, and competition?"
    Virginia Postrel (1960–), US editor and author
    Source: The Future and Its Enemies: The Growing Conflict over Creativity, Enterprise, and Progress (1998)
  • "You can only stumble if you're moving."
    Roberto Goizueta (19311997), US CEO of Coca-Cola
    Source: Fortune (May 1995)
  • "If economic progress means that we become anonymous cogs in some great machine, then progress is an empty promise."
    Charles Handy (1932–), Irish business executive and author
    Source: The Empty Raincoat: Making Sense of the Future (1994)
  • "Progress is mostly the product of rogues."
    Tom Peters (1942–), US management consultant and author
    Source: Liberation Management (1992)
  • "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 you can't find anyone who disagrees with you."
    Tony Benn (1925–), British politician
    Source: Quoted in the Observer (London) (October 6, 1991)
  • "To go fast, row slowly."
    Brendan Kennelly (1936–), Irish poet and academic
    Source: The Power of Positive Thinking (1972)
  • "In vulgar usage, progress has come to mean limitless movement in space and time, accompanied, necessarily, by an equally limitless command of energy: culminating in limitless destruction."
    Lewis Mumford (18951990), US social thinker and writer
    Source: The Pentagon of Power (1970)
  • "We have stopped believing in progress. What progress that is!"
    Jorge Luis Borges (18991986), Argentinian writer
    Source: Borges et Borges (1969)
  • "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 (18821945), US president
    Source: Second presidential inaugural address (January 20, 1937)
  • "All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income."
    Samuel Butler (18351902), British writer
    Source: “Life,” Notebooks (H. Festing-Jones, ed, 1912)
  • "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 (18561950), Irish writer and critic
    Source: “Reason,” Maxims for Revolutionists (1905)
  • "Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
    George Santayana (18631952), US philosopher, novelist, and poet
    Source: The Life of Reason (1905)
  • "Progress, therefore, is not an accident but a necessity … a part of nature."
    Herbert Spencer (18201903), British social theorist
    Source: Social Statics (1851), pt. 1, ch. 2
  • "Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. Society acquires new arts, and loses old instincts."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882), US essayist, lecturer, and poet
    Source: “Self-Reliance,” Essays: First Series (1841)
  • "What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance."
    Havelock Ellis (18591939), British psychologist
    Source: Attributed

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