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Progress however, of the best kind, is comparatively slow.
by Samuel Smiles

Progress however, of the best kind, is comparatively slow.
Great results cannot be achieved at once;
and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk,
step by step.
- Samuel Smiles

He who never made a mistake,
never made a discovery.
- Samuel Smiles

The reason why so little is done, is generally because so little is attempted.
- Samuel Smiles

Man cannot aspire if he looked down;
if he rise,
he must look up.
- Samuel Smiles

 

Labor is still, and ever will be, the inevitable price
set upon everything which is valuable.
- Samuel Smiles

The experience gathered from books, though often valuable,
is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience
gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom.
- Samuel Smiles

Knowledge conquered by labor becomes a possession -
a property entirely our own.
- Samuel Smiles

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The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine
growth in the individual.
- Samuel Smiles

An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality;
our desires being often but precursors of the things
which we are capable of performing.
- Samuel Smiles

Men must necessarily be the active agents of their
own well-being and well-doing they themselves must
in the very nature of things be their own best helpers.
- Samuel Smiles

The very greatest things - great thoughts,
discoveries, inventions - have usually been nurtured in hardship,
often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty.
- Samuel Smiles

The work of many of the greatest men,
inspired by duty, has been done amidst suffering and trial and difficulty.
They have struggled against the tide,
and reached the shore exhausted.
- Samuel Smiles

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry,
lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine,
but lost time is gone forever.
- Samuel Smiles

Enthusiasm...
the sustaining power of all great action.
- Samuel Smiles

Progress, of the best kind, is comparatively slow.
Great results cannot be achieved at once;
and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk,
step by step.
- Samuel Smiles

Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.
- Samuel Smiles

Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will
always find opportunities enough;
and if they do not find them,
they will make them.
- Samuel Smiles

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it,
casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
- Samuel Smiles

The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense
involves the helping of one's neighbors.
- Samuel Smiles

We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do;
and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
- Samuel Smiles

Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession
of individual men by travelling the old road of observation,
attention, perseverance, and industry.
- Samuel Smiles

The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest
of men have had to serve.
- Samuel Smiles

Hope...
is the companion of power, and the mother of success;
for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles.
- Samuel Smiles

The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once.
- Samuel Smiles

The wise man...
if he would live at peace with others,
he will bear and forbear.
- Samuel Smiles

The battle of life is, in most cases,
fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were
perhaps to win it without honor.
If there were no difficulties there would be no success;
if there were nothing to struggle for,
there would be nothing to be achieved.
- Samuel Smiles

It is energy - the central element of which is will -
that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages.
Everywhere it is what is called force of character
and the sustaining power of all great action.
- Samuel Smiles

It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success;
they much oftener succeed through failures.
Precept, study, advice, and example could never have
taught them so well as failure has done.
- Samuel Smiles

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success.
We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do;
and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
- Samuel Smiles

Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience.
Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go,
but, without the discipline of real life,
they remain of the nature of theory only.
- Samuel Smiles

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People

All progress is precarious, and the solution
of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I was taught that the way of progress
is neither swift nor easy.
- Marie Curie

The best road to progress is freedom's road.
- John F. Kennedy

He who rejects change is the architect of decay.
- Harold Wilson

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

Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.
- Henry Ford

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

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.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

My progress was rendered delightful by the sylvan elegance of the groves,
chearful meadows, and high distant forests,
which in grand order presented themselves to view.
- William Bartram

He who rejects change is the architect of decay.
The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
- Harold Wilson

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
- Charles Kettering

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
- Charles Fourier

Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained,
progress stops.
- Thomas J. Watson

If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
- Paul Harvey

It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution.
It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
- Vladimir Lenin

Technological progress has merely provided us with
more efficient means for going backwards.
- Aldous Huxley

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 little.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Technological progress is like an axe
in the hands of a pathological criminal.
- Albert Einstein

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
- Frederick Douglass

The history of the world is none other than the progress
of the consciousness of freedom.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Each morning my characters greet me with misty faces willing,
though chilled, to muster for another day's progress
through the dazzling quicksand the marsh of blank paper.
- John Updike

I think the people who have really followed my career
from the time I was seven years old can see my steady
progress and see the type of person and athlete I am.
- Marion Jones

Progress is only possible if the United States and
its allies work together.
- Brent Scowcroft

Confirming John Roberts would endanger much of the
progress made by the nation in civil rights over the past half century.
- Ralph Neas

Making me into a role model is placing too much importance
on what I see as a work in progress.
- P. J. Harvey

Make measurable progress in reasonable time.
- Jim Rohn

Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools
of thought contend is the policy for promoting the
progress of the arts and the sciences and a flourishing culture in our land.
- Mao Zedong

There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences
than the desire to see it take place too quickly.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

I don't like to talk about work in progress,
but the novel I'm working on now is definitely not horror.
- Poppy Z. Brite

Behold the turtle.
He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
- James Bryant Conant

Problems are the price of progress.
Don't bring me anything but trouble.
Good news weakens me.
- Charles Kettering

Yet the evil still increased, and, like the parasite of barnacles on a ship,
if it did not destroy the structure,
it obstructed its fair,
comfortable progress in the path of life.
- William Banting

Thus in Christianity the alienation had become total,
and it was this total alienation that was the biggest
obstacle to the progress of self-consciousness.
- Bruno Bauer

The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured
by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquility.
- Swami Sivananda

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

Every day we make more progress toward understanding the concert hall.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.
- Thomas A. Edison


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