|Westward the star of empire takes its way.|
John Quincy AdamsOration at Plymouth. (1802). Misquoted from Berkeley on inside cover of an early edition of Bancrofts History of United States.
| Laws and institutions are constantly tending to gravitate. Like clocks, they must be occasionally cleansed, and wound up, and set to true time.|
Henry Ward BeecherLife Thoughts.
|Westward the course of empire takes its way;|
The four first Acts already past,
A fifth shall close the Drama with the day;
Times noblest offspring is the last.
Bishop BerkeleyVerses, on the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America.
| What is art|
But life upon the larger scale, the higher,
When, graduating up in a spiral line
Of still expanding and ascending gyres,
It pushed toward the intense significance
Of all things, hungry for the Infinite?
Arts lifeand where we live, we suffer and toil.
E. B. BrowningAurora Leigh. Bk. IV. L. 1150.
|Finds progress, mans distinctive mark alone,|
Not Gods, and not the beasts;
God is, they are,
Man partly is, and wholly hopes to be.
Robert BrowningA Death in the Desert.
| Progress is|
The law of life, man is not
Man as yet.
Robert BrowningParacelsus. Pt. V.
|Like plants in mines, which never saw the sun,|
But dream of him, and guess where he may be,
And do their best to climb, and get to him.
Robert BrowningParacelsus. Last page.
|Hombre apercebido medio combatido.|
A man prepared has half fought the battle.
CervantesDon Quixote. 2. 17.
|All things journey: sun and moon,|
Morning, noon, and afternoon,
Night and all her stars;
Twixt the east and western bars
Round they journey,
Come and go!
We go with them!
George EliotSpanish Gypsy. Bk. III. Song.
|And striving to be Man, the worm|
Mounts through all the spires of form.
| So long as all the increased wealth which modern progress brings, goes but to build up great fortunes, to increase luxury, and make sharper the contest between the House of Have and the House of Want, progress is not real and cannot be permanent.|
Henry GeorgeProgress and Poverty. Introductory. The Problem.
| Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.|
|He who moves not forward goes backward!|
A capital saying!
GoetheHerman and Dorothea. Canto III. L. 66.
|To look up and not down,|
To look forward and not back,
To look out and not inand
To lend a hand.
Edward Everett HaleRule of the Harry Wadsworth Club. From Ten Times One is Ten. (1870). Ch. IV.
| I have seen that Man moves over with each new generation into a bigger body, more awful, more reverent and more free than he has had before.|
Gerald Stanley LeeCrowds. Pt. II. Ch. III.
|From lower to the higher next,|
Not to the top, is Natures text;
And embryo good, to reach full stature,
Absorbs the evil in its nature.
LowellFestina Lente. Moral.
|New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth;|
They must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.
|Spiral the memorable Lady terms|
Our minds ascent.
George MeredithThe Worlds Advance. G. M. Trevelyan in notes to Merediths Poetical Works says the memorable Lady is Mrs. Browning.
|That in our proper motion we ascend|
Up to our native seat; descent and fall
To us is adverse.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. II. L. 75.
|Quod sequitur, fugio; quod fugit, usque sequor.|
What follows I flee; what flees I ever pursue.
OvidAmorum. II. 19, 36.
|Vogue la galère.|
Row on [whatever happens].
RabelaisGargantua. I. 3.
|Il est un terme de la vie au-delà duquel en rétrograde en avançant.|
There is a period of life when we go back as we advance.
|The march of intellect.|
Robert SoutheySir T. More, or Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society. Vol. II. P. 361. Quoted by CarlyleMiscel. Essays. Vol. I. P. 162. (Ed. 1888).
| Lesprit humain fait progrès toujours, mais cest progrès en spirale.|
The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
Madame de Staël.
|If you strike a thorn or rose,|
If it hails or if it snows,
Taint no use to sit and whine
Cause the fish aint on your line;
Bait you hook an keep on tryin,
Frank L. StantonKeep a-goin.
| When old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.|
Rabindranath TagoreGitanjali. 37.
|The stone that is rolling, can gather no moss.|
TusserFive Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. Huswifely Admonitions. GossonEphemendes of Phialo. MarstonThe Faun. SyrusMaxims. 524. Pierre volage ne queult mousse. De lhermite qui se désepéra pour le larron que ala en paradis avant que lui. 13th Cent.
|Qui na pas lesprit de son âge,|
De son âge a tout le malheur.
He who has not the spirit of his age, has all the misery of it.
VoltaireLettre à Cideville.
|Press on!for in the grave there is no work|
And no devicePress on! while yet ye may!
N. P. WillisFrom a Poem Delivered at Yale College, 1827. L. 45.