100 Quotes About Progress

You can’t be a great person and stay stuck in mediocrity. If you want to be the best version of yourself, you need to make progress. You need to be pushing forward, and rolling with the punches, because that’s how you reach higher levels of success. Here are the best quotes about progress to help inspire you to reach your full potential.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable...
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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
No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it...
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No, our science is no illusion. But an illusion it would be to suppose that what science cannot give us we can get elsewhere. Sigmund Freud
We can only see a short distance ahead, but we...
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We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done. Alan Turing
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..[G]reat progress was evident in the last Congress of the American 'Labour Union' in that among other things, it treated working women with complete equality. While in this respect the English, and still more the gallant French, are burdened with a spirit of narrow-mindedness. Anybody who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without the feminine ferment. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex (the ugly ones included). . Karl Marx
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
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Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. Frank Zappa
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An age cannot bind itself and ordain to put the succeeding one into such a condition that it cannot extend its (at best very occasional) knowledge , purify itself of errors, and progress in general enlightenment. That would be a crime against human nature, the proper destination of which lies precisely in this progress and the descendants would be fully justified in rejecting those decrees as having been made in an unwarranted and malicious manner. Immanuel Kant
Conformity to the present is invisibility to the future.
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Conformity to the present is invisibility to the future. Stefan Molyneux
The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just...
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The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just that much time to think while dressing at dawn, a philosophical hour, and thus a melancholy hour. Ray Bradbury
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Now that science has helped us to overcome the awe of the unknown in nature, we are the slaves of social pressures of our own making. When called upon to act independently, we cry for patterns, systems, and authorities. If by enlightenment and intellectual progress we mean the freeing of man from superstitious belief in evil forces, in demons and fairies, in blind fate--in short, the emancipation from fear--then denunciation of what is currently called reason is the greatest service reason can render. Max Horkheimer
We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement...
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We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. George Orwell
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We do not have to be ashamed of what we are. As sentient beings we have wonderful backgrounds. These backgrounds may not be particularly enlightened or peaceful or intelligent. Nevertheless, we have soil good enough to cultivate; we can plant anything in it. Unknown
I always make sure that the world will prove me...
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I always make sure that the world will prove me right. It gives me the freedom to contradict myself. Criss Jami
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We must all work in harmony with each other to stand up for what is right, to speak up for what is fair, and to always voice any corrections so that the ignorant become informed and justice is never ignored. Every time a person allows an act of ignorance to happen, they delay our progress for true change. Every person, molecule and thing matters. We become responsible for the actions of others the instant we become conscious of what they are doing wrong and fail to remind them of what is right. . Suzy Kassem
The world is to be carried forward by truth, which...
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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
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False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path towards error is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened. Charles Darwin
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In history, truth should be held sacred, at whatever cost .. . especially against the narrow and futile patriotism, which, instead of pressing forward in pursuit of truth, takes pride in walking backwards to cover the slightest nakedness of our forefathers. Col. Thomas Aspinwall
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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
Good...if you've done things you aren't proud of. It means...
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Good...if you've done things you aren't proud of. It means you have a conscience. Criss Jami
When you are in his sort of business - now...
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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
As a species, wise, harmonious progress is our mission.
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As a species, wise, harmonious progress is our mission. Abhijit Naskar
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You can't have favour with God and suffer in life. Learn to have God's favour first, and the favour of men will fall in place automatically for you. Unknown
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Se ciascuno pensa solo a se stesso e non si fida che di se stesso, come volete che ci sia coraggio civile, dal momento che questa virtù si basa sulla rinuncia a se stessi? Coraggio civile e coraggio militare nascono dallo stesso principio. Voi siete chiamati a dare la vostra vita in un sol momento, la nostra si consuma a goccia a goccia. Da entrambe le parti è la stessa lotta, sotto forme diverse. Non basta essere onesti per far progredire il più piccolo paese, bisogna anche essere preparati; senza contare che istruzione, onestà, amor di patria non valgono niente se non c'è la ferma volontà di trascurare ogni interesse personale per dedicarsi al pubblico bene. Unknown
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When the mind is without fear and prejudice, and the head is held high with the strength of reasoning, then only the brightest rays of religion can penetrate the darkest corners of the human society. Abhijit Naskar
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Arise, my friend — the world is wailing for kindness — it is wailing for compassion — it is wailing for love. Abhijit Naskar
What is the point of being humans, if our actions...
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What is the point of being humans, if our actions scream with more bestiality than humanity! Abhijit Naskar
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Humanity is not a word my friend. It is a symbol — a symbol of hope — a symbol of wisdom — yet this very symbol has become disgraced by our faults and deluded justification of mistakes. Abhijit Naskar
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Shallow intellect is worse than ignorance. Ignorance can be treated with knowledge, but shallow intellect, that is illusion of knowledge, is untreatable and quite dangerous to the progress and wellbeing of humanity. Abhijit Naskar
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Commitment mixed with drive and sprinkled with imagination creates sustained results. Stay focused and you will make your mark! Amy Leigh Mercree
Moving on feels heavy because you have been weighed down...
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Moving on feels heavy because you have been weighed down by fear Dr. Jacinta Mpalyenkana
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Well, I always know what I want. And when you know what you want--you go toward it. Sometimes you go very fast, and sometimes only an inch a year. Perhaps you feel happier when you go fast. I don't know. I've forgotten the difference long ago, because it really doesn't matter, so long as you move. Ayn Rand
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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
How to win in life:1 work hard 2 complain less...
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How to win in life:1 work hard 2 complain less 3 listen more 4 try, learn, grow5 don't let people tell you it cant be done6 make no excuses Germany Kent
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We advocate the atheistic philosophy because it is the only clear, consistent position which seems possible to us. As atheists, we simply deny the assumptions of theism; we declare that the God idea, in all its features, is unreasonable and unprovable; we add, more vitally, that the God idea is an interference with the interests of human happiness and progress. We oppose religion not merely as a set of theological ideas; but we must also oppose religion as a political, social and moral influence detrimental to the welfare of humanity. E. HaldemanJulius
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..But the Mahommedan religion increases, instead of lessening, the fury of intolerance. It was originally propagated by the sword, and ever since, its votaries have been subject, above the people of all other creeds, to this form of madness. In a moment the fruits of patient toil, the prospects of material prosperity, the fear of death itself, are flung aside. The more emotional Pathans are powerless to resist. All rational considerations are forgotten. Seizing their weapons, they become Ghazis–as dangerous and as sensible as mad dogs: fit only to be treated as such. While the more generous spirits among the tribesmen become convulsed in an ecstasy of religious bloodthirstiness, poorer and more material souls derive additional impulses from the influence of others, the hopes of plunder and the joy of fighting. Thus whole nations are roused to arms. Thus the Turks repel their enemies, the Arabs of the Soudan break the British squares, and the rising on the Indian frontier spreads far and wide. In each case civilisation is confronted with militant Mahommedanism. The forces of progress clash with those of reaction. The religion of blood and war is face to face with that of peace. Winston S. Churchill
The Victorian Age, for all its humbug, was a period...
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The Victorian Age, for all its humbug, was a period of rapid progress, because men were dominated by hope rather than fear. If we are again to have progress, we must again be dominated by hope. Bertrand Russell
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Finding ways to appreciate advances without embracing complacency is a delicate task. It involves being hopeful and motivated and keeping eyes on the prize ahead. Saying that everything is fine or that it will never get any better are ways of going nowhere or of making it impossible to go anywhere. Either approach implies that there is no road out or that, if there is, you don’t need to or can’t go down it. You can. We have. Rebecca Solnit
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Just please understand that everyone is going through a rough time as well. Even if they are hiding behind money or a simple smile. We are all continuously stumbling as we go about our lives. If we had perfect lives we'd all be perfect people. Only thing we can learn to do is endure or we will not be happy and happiness is the closest thing to perfect. Hyrum Yeakley
Once you start questioning your beliefs, that's when it's all...
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Once you start questioning your beliefs, that's when it's all over. It is truly doubt that kills our conviction. Hyrum Yeakley
After you hear and listen. First must come desire. Second...
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After you hear and listen. First must come desire. Second must come willingness. Third should come understanding. Fourth should come progression and with progression will come more understanding. Hyrum Yeakley
During these hard times in the world we should always...
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During these hard times in the world we should always remember to keep our families and friends close. Hyrum Yeakley
After you hear and listen. First must come desire. Second...
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After you hear and listen. First must come desire. Second must come willingness. Third should come understanding. Fourth should come progression and with progression will come more understanding.. Hyrum Yeakley
It is our nature to be more moved by hope...
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It is our nature to be more moved by hope than fear. Francesco Guicciardini
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Life isn’t about being perfect; it’s about improving. It’s not about achieving more, acquiring more, or even about actually being more. It’s about becoming better…better than you were. Toni Sorenson
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The lapse of ages changes all things - time - language - the earth - the bounds of the sea - the stars of the sky, and everything 'about, around, and underneath' man, except man himself, who has always been and always will be, an unlucky rascal. The infinite variety of lives conduct but to death, and the infinity of wishes lead but to disappointment. All the discoveries which have yet been made have multiplied little but existence. George Gordon Byron
Though I think and speak of greater becoming, I, too,...
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Though I think and speak of greater becoming, I, too, am an infinite work in progress. T.F. Hodge
Greed is a contagious mental illness without which civilization as...
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Greed is a contagious mental illness without which civilization as we know it would not have been possible. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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Just like how most if not all poor boys look up to and aspire to someday be rich men, most if not all underdeveloped and developing countries look up to and aspire to someday be developed countries. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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We, in the interest of the so-called progress, have been persuaded to leave the production and at times the cooking of our food to companies whose owners and employees make a living by exploiting our busyness or laziness and our innate hunger to continue living. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Some people who have been working out regularly for months...
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Some people who have been working out regularly for months or even years are still out of shape because the number of cheat days they have in a week exceeds six. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Failure is not an option. Keep going!
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Failure is not an option. Keep going! Izey Victoria Odiase
A powerful process automatically takes care of progress, productivity and...
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A powerful process automatically takes care of progress, productivity and profits. Amit Kalantri
Don't always use prudence for precaution, sometimes use it for...
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Don't always use prudence for precaution, sometimes use it for progress. Amit Kalantri
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For life, it doesn’t matter how much you earn and how you hold your different relationships, but what’s important for life is, what kind of progress, you have achieved from inside, while going through different aspects of life. Roshan Sharma
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The aching in my chest isn't because I miss you, it's realizing that you have become someone I no longer know, your fears, your 4 am thoughts, your achievements, are things I no longer have an equivalent to. Who we were and who we are are four different people, and the me from now doesn't relate to the me from then, let alone to the you from now.- Tanzy Sayadi and Jarod Kintz Tanzy Sayadi
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I might not have risen to destroy people's beliefs, but some beliefs do need destruction if the human society is meant to progress in harmony instead of sinking into the depths of illustrious interhuman conflicts. Meekness-induced prejudices have no place in the society of thinking humanity. Abhijit Naskar
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You could say I lost my faith in science and progress You could say I lost my belief in the holy ChurchYou could say I lost my sense of direction You could say all of this and worse, ..Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world You could say I lost my faith in the people on TVYou could say I'd lost my belief in our politicians They all seemed like game show hosts to me.. I never saw no miracle of science That didn't go from a blessing to a curse I never saw no military solution That didn't always end up as something worse-- Excerpts from "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You . Sting
The bigger the mess, the greater the progress.
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The bigger the mess, the greater the progress. Richie Norton
Any religion that does not evolve with time, either gets...
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Any religion that does not evolve with time, either gets destroyed or destroys the world. Abhijit Naskar
You cannot win at that which you never start.
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You cannot win at that which you never start. Clyde Lee Dennis
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Appreciation and remembrance are two vital tools that can advance our progress in life. Unknown
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Different views are essential for progress Unknown
5 Ways To Build Your Brand on Social Media:1 Post...
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5 Ways To Build Your Brand on Social Media:1 Post content that add value2 Spread positivity3 Create steady stream of info4 Make an impact5 Be yourself Germany Kent
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After the monkeys came down from the trees and learned to hurl sharp objects, they had had to move into caves for protection--not only from the big predatory cats but, as they began to lose their monkey fur, from the elements. Eventually, they started transposing their hunting fantasies onto cave walls in the form of pictures, first as an attempt at practical magic and later for the strange, unexpected pleasure they discovered in artistic creation. Time passed. Art came off the walls and turned into ritual. Ritual became religion. Religion spawned science. Science led to big business. And big business, if it continues on its present mindless, voracious trajectory, could land those of us lucky enough to survive its ultimate legacy back into caves again. Tom Robbins
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The offer of certainty, the offer of complete security, the offer of an impermeable faith that can’t give way, is an offer of something not worth having. I want to live my life taking the risk all the time that I don’t know anything like enough yet; that I haven’t understood enough; that I can’t know enough; that I’m always hungrily operating on the margins of a potentially great harvest of future knowledge and wisdom. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Christopher Hitchens
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From the dawn of exact knowledge to the present day, observation, experiment, and speculation have gone hand in hand; and, whenever science has halted or strayed from the right path, it has been, either because its votaries have been content with mere unverified or unverifiable speculation (and this is the commonest case, because observation and experiment are hard work, while speculation is amusing); or it has been, because the accumulation of details of observation has for a time excluded speculation. Thomas Henry Huxley
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Later times have laid all the blame upon the Goths and Vandals, but, however unwilling the partizans of the Christian system may be to believe or to acknowledge it, it is nevertheless true, that the age of ignorance commenced with the Christian system. There was more knowledge in the world before that period, than for many centuries afterwards; and as to religious knowledge, the Christian system, as already said, was only another species of mythology; and the mythology to which it succeeded, was a corruption of an ancient system of theism.; and if we take our stand about the beginning of the sixteenth century, we look back through that long chasm, to the times of the Ancients, as over a vast sandy desert, in which not a shrub appears to intercept the vision to the fertile hills beyond. Thomas Paine
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Nothing is born of nothing, least of all knowledge, modernity, or enlightened thought; progress is made in tiny surges, in successive laps, like an endless relay race. But there are links without which nothing would be passed on, and for that reason, they deserve the gratitude of all who benefited from them. Amin Maalouf
Names and knowledge change, the way the turningworld brings color...
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Names and knowledge change, the way the turningworld brings color or deep shadows, without a soundeven as soft as the twist of a key in a lock. Jeannine Atkins
You can't reign in obscurity you can't shine in your...
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You can't reign in obscurity you can't shine in your comfort zone. Bamigboye Olurotimi
Progress daily in your own uncertainty. Live in awareness of...
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Progress daily in your own uncertainty. Live in awareness of the questions. Bremer Acosta
The dynamic nature of knowledge is reflected in human progress...
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The dynamic nature of knowledge is reflected in human progress and technological achievements. Eraldo Banovac
Change is scientific, ‘progress’ is ethical. Change is indubitable whereas...
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Change is scientific, ‘progress’ is ethical. Change is indubitable whereas progress is a matter of controversy. Bertrand Russell
Only the foolish would think that wisdom is something to...
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Only the foolish would think that wisdom is something to keep locked in a drawer. Only the fearful would feel empowerment is something best kept to oneself, or the few, and not shared with all. Rasheed Ogunlaru
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Of course, even before Flaubert, people knew stupidity existed, but they understood it somewhat differently: it was considered a simple absence of knowledge, a defect correctable by education. In Flaubert's novels, stupidity is an inseparable dimension of human existence. It accompanies poor Emma throughout her days, to her bed of love and to her deathbed, over which two deadly agélastes, Homais and Bournisien, go on endlessly trading their inanities like a kind of funeral oration. But the most shocking, the most scandalous thing about Flaubert's vision of stupidity is this: Stupidity does not give way to science, technology, modernity, progress; on the contrary, it progresses right along with progress!. Milan Kundera
Too much action with too little intent makes for wasteful...
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Too much action with too little intent makes for wasteful exertion of energy and the confusion between movement and progress. Steve Maraboli
A person who makes few mistakes makes little progress.
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A person who makes few mistakes makes little progress. Bryant McGill
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At the point where he, today's Ivan Ilyich, began to emerge, all the pleasures that had seemed so real melted away now before his eyes and turned into something trivial and often disgusting. And the further he was from childhood, the nearer he got to the present day, the more trivial and dubious his pleasures appeared. It started with law school. That had retained a little something that was really good: there was fun, there was friendship, there was hope. But in the last years the good times had become more exceptional. Then, at the beginning of his service with the governor, some good times came again: memories of making love to a woman. Then it became all confused, and the good times were not so many. After that there were fewer still; the further he went the fewer there were. Marriage.an accident and such a disappointment, and his wife's bad breath, and all that sensuality and hypocrisy! And the deadlines of his working life, and those money worries, going on for a year, two years, ten, twenty - always the same old story. And the longer it went on the deadlier it became.' It's as if I had been going downhill when I thought I was going uphill. That's how it was. In society's opinion I was heading uphill, but in equal measure life was slipping away from me.. And now it's all over. Nothing left but to die! . Leo Tolstoy
Success may require a lot of days. But progress only...
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Success may require a lot of days. But progress only requires one. T. Jay Taylor
Grit, which they defined as the tendency to work strenuously...
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Grit, which they defined as the tendency to work strenuously toward challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress. Charles Duhigg
Get this; without a continuous struggle, your previous struggles will...
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Get this; without a continuous struggle, your previous struggles will become a waste. Stay on and hold on until the success become evident. Israelmore Ayivor
To become better you, look nowhere else for greatness. All...
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To become better you, look nowhere else for greatness. All you need to improve and succeed are right there in you. Israelmore Ayivor
Be on the right way and go in the right...
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Be on the right way and go in the right direction. Once you are never going back, you will progress day after day, little by little. Israelmore Ayivor
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Any fool can break something, criticise someone and tear things apart. It takes a far more skilled, wise and kind soul to build something, nurture someone, fix things and help others thrive over time. Rasheed Ogunlaru
Life is not a race.... Everyone can win, so stop...
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Life is not a race.... Everyone can win, so stop going around in circles. Nanette Mathews
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It’s not about inviting great things into our lives. Rather, it’s about accepting the invitation of great things to step out of our lives. Craig D. Lounsbrough
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When the standard of success becomes merely acting–when any result is regarded as progress and important, when inspiration is seen as a reward rather than a prerequisite–we propel ourselves ahead. We feel free to fail, and that failure moves us forward. Mark Manson
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Your Crystal Clear vision should provide you a glimpse of a new universe and turn your excuse for failure into purposes for progress. The shallowness of your previous failures has become a deep well of resources for success. Farshad Asl
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The "No Excuses" Mindset is an investment in yourself, allowing you to turn your excuses for failure into purposes for progress. The shallowness of your previous failures has become a deep well of recourses for success. Farshad Asl
Change is automatic, but Growth is intentional.
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Change is automatic, but Growth is intentional. Izey Victoria Odiase
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To reap a return in ten years, plant trees. To reap a return in 100, cultivate the people. Unknown
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The probable accumulation of the surpluses of revenue beyond what can be applied to the payment of the public debt... merits the consideration of Congress. Shall it lie unproductive in the public vaults?... Or shall it rather be appropriated to the improvements of roads, canals, rivers, education, and other great foundations of prosperity and union Thomas Jefferson
Anytime, someone gives you advice, rethink if it will lead...
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Anytime, someone gives you advice, rethink if it will lead to personal progress. Lailah Gifty Akita
Don't ever stop believing in your own transformation. It is...
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Don't ever stop believing in your own transformation. It is still happening even on days you may not realize it or feel like it. Lalah Delia
May you reach that level within, where you no longer...
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May you reach that level within, where you no longer allow your past or people with toxic intentions to negatively affect or condition you. Lalah Delia
The purpose of fear is to raise your awareness not...
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The purpose of fear is to raise your awareness not to stop your progress. Steve Maraboli
When you do what you love, the seemingly impossible becomes...
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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
Change is the parent of progress.
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Change is the parent of progress. Steve Maraboli
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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
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We are always planning, telling ourselves that once we figure out the perfect system we will be all set to find our dreams. There is no planning for your dreams. Dreams are a learning process. You need to begin acting towards them or you will make no progress. You can plan the most perfect plan there ever was but with life anything can happen and you need to act as soon as possible rather than wait. Avina Celeste
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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