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Quotations for Motivation #30 --- Progress

Updated on November 5, 2015

Quotations on Progress

Most of the work which is done to carry the world forward is required to prevent it from going backward.

---L.E. Tupper, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., Sept. 28, 1905.

It is a mistake to measure the future by the past; one should aim to set a higher standard for the future.

‑‑‑Phil H. Armstrong, Florida Times‑Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 25, 1923.

He who has not the cheering feeling of progression is half suffocated and lost.

‑‑‑Phil H. Armstrong, Florida Times‑Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 29, 1925.

Standing still often results in stepping backward.

-‑‑Philip Mallory Conley, Clarion‑Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Jan. 1, 1949.

The worst brakes on your progress are self‑applied.

---B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., Oct. 15, 1924.

If you don't train yourself you are not likely ever to go ahead at express speed.

‑‑‑B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., Oct. 1, 1925.

Your future lies not ahead but in your head.

‑‑‑B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., June 15, 1925.

The worst enemy of progress is complacency.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 30, 1929.

Life properly lived is wisdom followed by progress.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 30, 1929.

A good way to be making progress is to have a destination selected.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., April 6, 1933.

The basis of progress is the confidence we have in the future.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 19, 1933.

The man who makes no progress is likely to be the one who has no destination.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 6, 1933.

Progress is something vastly different from chance.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 21, 1934.

Progress is a process of keeping one’s mind open to new ideas.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 21, 1934.

Progress is turning yesterday’s dreams into today’s realities.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 21, 1934.

Those who mistake speed for progress have much disappointment ahead.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 15, 1935.

The way to stop progress is to abandon hope.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 11, 1935.

If we are ever to make progress we must make an effort.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 20, 1936.

The only way to make progress is to become discontented with what you are.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 5, 1937.

A man's progress depends much on how ably he handles his ignorance.

‑‑‑Bert Moses, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., Oct. 29, 1936.

All that can stop a man's progress is his limitations.

‑‑‑Bert Moses, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., June 11, 1937.

Looking‑Back Town borders the State of Turning‑Back.

‑‑‑Vivian Bruner, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, July 21, 1949.

“Don’t you think I am doing well?” a young person said to an older person. “You certainly are doing better—you are improving. But there is still plenty of room for improvement,” replied the older person. Elbert Hubbard said, “A man is never a failure until he is satisfied with himself.” It is one thing to be satisfied with the progress one is making; but quite another thing to be satisfied with the progress one has made.

---Wickes Wamboldt, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Aug. 28, 1946.

Which way are you going? You can go ahead, in this day of the world, if you want to, or you can go back. But you must do one thing or the other. You cannot stand still. People sometimes think they are sitting very fast and pat on their great intellectual acquisitions, and are satisfied with the condition. It strikes them as a good thing to remain just what and where they are. They have thought it all out and know all about it. They are so self-centered that they are perfectly willing that wisdom shall die with them, and some of them are more than half inclined to think that it will. But that kind of man is not really standing still. He is retrograding. The world is going past him. Men not nearly so wise as he are forging past him. The ceaseless movement of this joyous, hopeful, buoyant world sweeps them along with it. Their forward hopes are better and nobler than the doctrinaire’s profound sit-fast reasoning. They are the youth of the world. And he who is not with them will find that he has somehow fallen far behind when he looks up from his self-satisfied speculations. To himself he has stood still. In reality he has gone backward. The man must move forward or must be left behind and forgotten. We see a few who have stood pat, and those few are fast passing out of the real activities. And we see many who have come in long since the standpatters were “established” and “known by everybody,” and all that and the new ones are in the forefront of progress and prosperity. It is the law of society, of politics, of business, of nature, that there is no standing still. All things must progress or retrograde. Which way are you going?

---Lew B. Brown, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Oct. 2, 1912.

Progress means moving forward from place to place, from knowledge to knowledge, from action to action. It is a process of adding to that which we now possess, by the elimination of errors, by the actual accretion of new truth, and by the development of greater self-mastery. It is a process by which increased power of every faculty is gained. It is a process of growth and development, a movement towards greater maturity. Progress is active and increasing. That which is static does not come within the province of advancement. They who are satisfied with the past, or who hesitate to toil for added knowledge, or who are unwilling to give life to their possessions by constant use, are not in a state of progress. Effort is required to lay by the errors of the past, to invade the kingdom of increasing truth, and to set every new gain into action. Such persons alone are progressing.

—John A. Widtsoe , Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 1947.

In putting one's shoulder to the wheel of progress, a little elbow grease makes an excellent lubricant.

‑‑‑The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Mass., June 18, 1927.

The pain in the neck some people complain about it the result of looking backward.

The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., July 30, 1935.

Most of the stumbling blocks in the way of progress are blockheads.

---Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, British Columbia, Sept. 21, 1922.

Success is the terminal station on the road of progress.

‑‑‑The White and Blue, Provo, Utah, March 28, 1917.

The man who makes the best progress is the man who does more than he is told. Some men think they have done their full duty when they perform certain routine work. ... But the progressive man goes about his work with the spirit of the athlete. The satisfaction of accomplishing a feat, and the knowledge that with each trial more skill is developed, form one of the best incentives to good work. The athlete does not confine his practice to a certain number of runs and jumps, but keeps at it until he has achieved some greater degrees of skill than he ever had before. He delights in attempting harder and harder feats because it means more and more skill. Thus does the truly progressive man love his work. He does not consider that he is working merely for his salary, nor for the [company], but for himself--for the development of his individual capacity and skill. He dives into things not required of him, because he wants to gain power to do more--because that is the normal impetus of a progressive mind.

—Waldo Pondray Warren, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, March 25, 1907.

The greatest asset an individual can have is the spirit of progress. Without it all else is largely in vain. With it every good thing is possible. What is the spirit of progress? It is the desire to know what constitutes true success and the willingness to take the patient steps which lead to it; the desire to correct errors, traits and tendencies which retard progress and the willingness to receive new ideas and act upon them; the desire to act from sound motives and the willingness to give up false and temporary success for vital and permanent growth; the eagerness to utilize every wholesome opportunity, the enthusiasm to strive for excellence for its own sake and the energy to push on, pausing only when the victory is won. ... The spirit of progress must come from within, must spring up in a moment of noble resolve, and must never be allowed to die, never to wane, never to waver.

—Waldo Pondray Warren, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, May 20, 1907.

Ideas are as essential to progress as a hub to a wheel, for they form the center around which all things revolve. Ideas begin great enterprises, and the workers of all lands do their bidding. Ideas govern the governors, rule the rulers, and manage the managers of all nations and industries. Ideas are the motive power which turns the tireless wheels of toil. Ideas constitute the primal element of the success of men and nations. Ideas form the fire that lights the torch of progress, leading on the centuries. Ideas are the keys which open the storehouse of possibility. Ideas are the passports to the realms of great achievement. Ideas are the touch buttons which connect the currents of energy with the wheels of history Ideas determine the bounds, break the limits, move on the goal, and waken latent capacity to successive sunrises of better days.

—Waldo Pondray Warren, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, July 10, 1907.

Progressiveness is looking forward intelligently, looking within critically, and moving on incessantly.

—Waldo Pondray Warren, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, July 11, 1907.

There are certain advantages in keeping memoranda of trains of thought. Systematic note keeping is a valuable habit for everyone. Ideas often come to us at times when we cannot make an immediate use of them, and perhaps cannot even stop to think them out, yet they are well worth considering at some other time. When such ideas are trusted to the memory they often slip out of mind and are not available when we might use them. There may be those who feel that they can carry in their memory everything they need to know, but for those who feel otherwise a notebook has a great value. It has been my plan to classify ideas and trains of thought under headings. Such thoughts as one may reasonably consider worth remembering for years, especially principles and policies, observations, illuminative thoughts, may be recorded. ... To read over these notes brings to mind all the best thoughts I have ever had along any given line, and is a never-ending source of interest and help to me.

—Waldo Pondray Warren, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, July 29, 1907.

We make progress as larger duties and more exacting demands are laid upon us. Every time you are called to the performance of some duty for which you are yet untrained, there is set before you the possibility of a forward step. Every time you realize that activities from which you had hitherto stood apart make their demands on you, as well as others, you are advancing. Every new duty, every new possibility, however heavily it may press upon unaccustomed shoulders, should be welcome as an aid to progress.

—Bryan W. Collier, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., March 2, 1916.

The past and the present together make the future. Progress is impossible unless we hold on to achievements already made.

—Bryan W. Collier, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 25, 1919.

We must recognize the spirit of progress as a business principle. It is a business attitude toward the future and the new. It is a kind of commercial courage which is not afraid of change or innovation. It is a vision of the better and the newer. It is a gift of prophetic sight which discerns a city rising on the empty prairie or a factory displacing the trees on a river bank. Progress, however, does not cease with mere vision–it seeks fulfillment. It struggles to fulfill in actual reality the fabric of its dreams. This spirit will not let the good stand in the way of the best. In the march of progress many a good machine goes to the scrap heap to make way for the better one. ... Progress is a religious principle as well as a business one. ... If we meet this occasion with no vision of a future outcome we are bound to remain ever among the small things.

—Hugh McLellan, San Antonio Daily Express, San Antonio, Texas, May 30, 1910.

Steadiness is permanence and continuity of progress; the elimination of the eccentric and erratic; dependableness and consequent trustworthiness.

—Frank Crane, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 8, 1917.

At the end of life we find ourselves a success or a failure–because we chose to be one or the other. To the degree that we meet problems and make choices in dealing with them, to that degree each of us is captain of his destiny, Progress, individual or national, means the solving of problems. Whether we progress or regress depends upon the choices we make. It is a matter of self-discipline, of training in mental alertness and will power. Life is movement, forward or backward; standstill means stagnation and decay.

—Gustaf Freden, Louisiana Schools, Baton Rouge, La., November 1940.

The depth of our regret for the imperfect in our lives is the measure of our progress.

—Nephi Jensen, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 1922.

Can and Will are the electrons in the atom of progress.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 30, 1922.

Man has grown by trial and error. Progress is measured by the percentage of trial over error.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., July 21, 1924.

Progress follows trails which education blazes.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 11, 1923.

It is progress if we are constructive, and not destructive, in what we do. The main purpose must be to avoid waste, eliminate friction, transform energy.

—Samuel Judson Porter, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, June 26, 1913.

If you are headed in the right direction, you make progress as long as you keep moving.

—Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., March 20, 1947.

One great obstacle to progress is the tyranny of the closed mind.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 21, 1942.

The greatest enemy of progress is the spirit of complacency.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., May 23, 1934.

The greater part of progress is in the open mind.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 11, 1940.

Nothing is so fatal to progress as half-finished tasks.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Oct. 31, 1941.

Progress may not always accompany knowledge, but progress is impossible without knowledge.

—Paul A. Wellington, Stride, Independence, Mo., February 1957.

Progress is the law of life, but the danger is that we may mistake novelty for progress. Truth does not change. Liberty is not subject to exploitation. Tested forms must not be thrown aside for untried schemes. Genuine programs of democracy rarely call for revolutions.

—Louie D. Newton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., July 22, 1940.

No man can progress by standing still and arguing about it.

Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 5, 1913.

Human progress can be boiled down to the mastery of emotions by men and women.

River Press, Fort Benton, Mont., Feb. 5, 1936.

Men who measure their progress by that of other men usually go short distances.

River Press, Fort Benton, Mont., June 9, 1943.


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