is made by the improvement of people, not the improvement
of machines. -Adrian Tchaikovsky
who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure.
They are the brakes on the wheels of
thing in America is greed, the lust for power and domination, the lunatic
ideology of perpetual Growth - with a capital G. 'Progress' in our nation
has for too long been confused with 'Growth'; I see the two as different,
almost incompatible, since progress means, or should mean, change for the
better-- toward social justice, a livable and open world, equal
opportunity and affirmative action for all forms of life. And I mean all
forms, not merely the human. The grizzly, the wolf, the rattlesnake, the
condor, the coyote, the crocodile, whatever, each and every species has as
much right to be here as we do. -Edward
realize it’s been only a century that we’ve been able to go from house
to car to office to car to wherever, with the heater on, and the defroster
on, protected from the rain and the cold? It hasn’t been much longer
than that we’ve had lighting for streets. Think of all that darkness,
all that world out there, all that mystery that we’ve turned into
well-lighted concrete bunkers, safe and warm and
dull. -Sheri S. Tepper
mean that we dissolve our ancient myths? If we forget our legends, I fear
that we shall close an important door to the
Progress imposes not only
new possibilities for the future but new restrictions.
It would be advisable to
think of progress in the crudest, most basic terms: that no one should go
hungry anymore, that there should be no more torture, no more Auschwitz.
Only then will the idea of progress be free from
-Theodor W. Adorno
Flaubert didn’t just hate
the railway as such; he hated the way it flattered people with the
illusion of progress. What was the point of scientific advance without
moral advance? The railway would merely permit more people to move about,
meet and be stupid together. -Julian Barnes
Discontent is the first
necessity of progress. -Thomas A. Edison
All censorships exist to
prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing
institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current
conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of
Human progress is neither
automatic nor inevitable. . . . Every step toward the goal of justice
requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and
passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Luther King Jr.
Action and reaction, ebb and
flow, trial and error, change--this is the rhythm of our living. Out
of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh
hope. And out of hope, progress.
Every day you may make
progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before
you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you
will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from
discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.
Progress means getting
nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning,
then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the
wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the
right road; and in that case the person who turns back soonest is the most
progressive person. -C.S. Lewis
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
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.
The art of progress is to
preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid
order. -Alfred North Whitehead
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