100+ Progress Quotes To Inspire Growth In Life

Progress is defined as forwarding or onward movement towards a destination, development towards an improved or more advanced condition.

I hope that these quotes inspire you to keep making progress in the direction of your dreams. You need to inspire yourself every day to move forward and strive for progress.

Remember that every progress counts, no matter how little, it’s the attitude of moving forward that counts.

Top 10 Progress Quotes

The best road to progress is freedom’s road. – John F. Kennedy

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

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

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Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. – Benjamin Franklin

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. – Kofi Annan

A little progress every day adds up to big results. – Satya

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Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress. – Barack Obama

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Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing. – George Orwell

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. – Khalil Gibran

List of Best Progress Quotes

  • “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” – Frank Zappa
  • “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas” – Shirley Chisholm
  • “Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.” – Aldous Huxley
  • “All progress occurs because people dare to be different.” – One of my favorite strength quotes from Harry Millner
  • “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor. That sums up the progress of an artful leader.” – Max De Pree
  • “If we are facing the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” – Buddhist proverb
  • “If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.” – Brian Tracy
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  • “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” – One of my favorite quotes of encouragement from Barack Obama
  • “I’ll go anywhere as long as it’s forward.” – David Livingstone
  • “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
  • “It’s not about success, it’s about progress.” – Anthony Robbins
  • “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.” – One of the deep quotes with George Bernard Shaw
  • “A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.” – Albert Einstein
  • “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” – Carl Sandburg
  • “Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you.” – Heidi Johnson
  • “Life is a progress and not a station.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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  • “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Little by little one walks far.” – Peruvian Proverb
  • “Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.” – Maxwell Maltz
  • “Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.” – Malcolm Muggeridge
  • “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” – Tony Robbins on hard work quotes.
  • “One of the simplest things about all facts of life is that to get where you want to go, you must keep on keeping on.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” – Frederick Wilcox
  • “Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.” – Walter Bagehot
  • “We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.” – John Wooden
  • “Progress is not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.” – Khalil Gibran
  • “Never confuse movement with action.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “Arriving at one point is the starting point to another.” – John Dewey
  • “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St Francis of Assisi
  • “Take pride in how far you have come and had faith in how far you can go.” – Christian Larson
  • “The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and preserve change amid order.” – A N Whitehead
  • “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” – You can use this saying from Oliver Wendell Holmes as one of graduation quotes to inspire the graduate.
  • “The greatest things ever done on earth have been done little by little.” – Thomas Guthrie
  • “The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.” – Germaine de Stael
  • “The journey is the reward.” – Chinese proverb
  • “Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.” – James Bryant Conant
  • “Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer but is the incentive to progress.” – Herbert Hoover
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  • “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” – C. S. Lewis
  • “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” – Thomas Edison
  • “Courage means to keep making forward progress while you still feel afraid.” – Joyce Meyer
  • “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.” – Marie Curie
  • “Always be a work in progress.” – Emily Lillian
  • “Celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.” – Mia Hamm
  • “Change does not necessarily assure progress, but progress implacably requires change.” – Henry Steele Commager
  • “Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.” – I use this Tony Robbins saying in my list of good morning quotes to start my day.
  • “Determine a single measure that you can use to grade your progress and success in each area of your life. Refer to it daily.” – Brian Tracy
  • “Girls you’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page.” – Tori Amos
  • “I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.” – Marie Curie
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  • “Slow, steady progress is better than daily excuses.” – Robin Sharma
  • “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
    To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller
  • “Do not be afraid of moving slowly but of standing still.” – Chinese proverb
  • “Nothing so obstinately stands in the way of all sorts of progress as the pride of opinion. While nothing is so foolish and baseless.” – J. G. Holland
  • “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goals requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Martin Luther King
  • “Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” – Robert Heinlein
  • “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” – Carl Rogers
  • “Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.” – Alfred Montapert
  • “Failure is the success in progress.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” – Rosa Luxemburg
  • “Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.” – Henry David Thoreau
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  • “The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away small stones.” – Creating a before sleep ritual is so important to relax and remember what is important in life, so you can use this Chinese Proverb in the list of good night sayings.
  • “The secret of making progress is to get started.” – Mark Twain
  • “There are many ways of going forward, but there is only one way of standing still.” – Unknown
  • “There are no gains without pains.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “There are two rules for achieving anything. Rule No. 1: Get started. Rule No. 2: Keep going.” – Howard Hunt
  • “There is no road too long to the person who advances deliberately without undue haste.” – Jean La Bruyere
  • “Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.” – Seth Godin
  • “We are like people on a moving sidewalk which are going the wrong way. If we stand still, our goal recedes. If we walk at an easy pace we barely keep from slipping back. Only through extra effort can we win real gains.” – Harry K Wolfe
  • “With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” – Mark Victor Hansen
  • “Without struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass
  • “Make measurable progress in reasonable time.” – Jim Rohn
  • “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla
  • “Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where they are had to begin where they were.” – Richard L Evans
  • “Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge.” – H Stanley Judd
  • “Each place along the way is somewhere you had to be in order to be here.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam
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  • “Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” – This is one of the growth and progress quotes from Doug Firebaugh and smile quotes to bring hope our life.
  • “Every day do something to move the ball forward.” – Jane Atkinson
  • “Every day is conquerable by its hours, and every hour by its minutes.” – Robert Brault
  • “Focused, daily actions spread over a long enough period of time will get you any dream you want.” – Kevin Ngo
  • “Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” – Plato
  • “A person with a clear purpose will make progress on even the roughest road. A person with no purpose will make no progress on even the smoothest road.” – Thomas Carlyle
  • “The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.” – Albert Camus
  • “Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turn, 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 man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “Some quit due to slow progress. Never grasping the fact that slow progress is progress.” – Jeff Olson
  • “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
  • “True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.” – St. Francis of Assisi
  • “I feel good because I believe I have made progress in rebuilding the people’s trust in their government.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • “When you set out to accomplish something, recognize that slow, steady progress over time can lead to big success.” – Erica Hudson
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  • “Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.” – Alfred A. Montapert
  • “The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • “Time and again, I’ve seen people make the most progress when they combine their knowledge of themselves with real-world actions.” – Alison Cardy
  • “Every difficult goal that, at first, may be viewed as an insurmountable obstacle can be resolved when you implement a strategy that requires only one-step at a time. Each action taken moves you forward, continuous progress is seen, and the final goal is closer and closer until it is accomplished.” – Byron Pulsifer
  • “Whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King
  • “Procrastination can be categorized as the habit, and that habit, if continued repeatedly and turned into a lifestyle, transforms into a bad habit that can pull us back from progress and delay our success.” – Mark Thomas
  • “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.” – Winston S. Churchill
  • “Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere.” – Morihei Ueshiba
  • “Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity.” – Arnold H. Glasgow
  • “Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” – Frederick B. Wilcox
  • “Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity.” – Thor Heyerdahl
  • “Can you imagine what a pessimist who lived only 200 years ago would think about the world we live in? Airplanes, electricity, automobiles, television, remote controls, the Internet, fax machines, telephones, cellular phones, and so on – and all available to us because of that spark of open-mindedness that allowed progress, growth, and creativity to flourish.” – Wayne Dyer
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  • “Every day that is wasted by doing nothing that makes your life better is an absolute waste. If you decide that you would rather go to the movies, watch TV, or go out with your friends that is a choice you make not to further your own progress. This is not to say that there isn’t a place for relaxation but relaxation is not to be used as an excuse not to move forward. Make each day count for you will never, ever get it back, nor can you really make up for lost time in any effective way.” – Byron Pulsifer
  • “The moment a man ceases to progress, to grow higher, wider and deeper, then his life becomes stagnant.” – Orison S. Marden
  • “The most important thing is to make decisions. Whether the decision is right or wrong is secondary. You will soon receive feedback that will help you to progress.” – Marc Reklau
  • “Great steps in human progress are made by things that don’t work the way philosophy thought they should. If things always worked the way they should, you could write the history of the world from now on. But they don’t, and it is those deviations from the normal that make human progress.” – Charles Kettering
  • “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michael John Bobak
  • “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” – Charles Kettering
  • “Delay is the enemy of progress.” – Eliot Spitzer
  • “We are not at the end of our progress but at the beginning. We have but reached the shores of a great unexplored continent. We cannot turn back . . . It is man’s destiny to ponder on the riddle of existence and, as a by-product of his wonderment, to create a new life on this earth.” – Charles Kettering
  • “All progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “As time progresses, increase the amount of time spent on self-improvement, and less time on the mental junk food. Create a healthy balance, it’s no different than indulging in some cake here and there. Moderation, moderation, moderation!” – Curt Hinson
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  • “What was astonishing to me is something that should be more apparent to all of us: the exercises that caused people to increase their progress dramatically were those that took the pressure off, those that did away with the crippling perfectionism that caused people to quit their goals. Whether they were trying to lose a pants size, write more content on a blog, or get a raise, the results were the same. The less that people aimed for perfect, the more productive they became.” – Jon Acuff
  • “The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know.” – Gaston Bachelard
  • “Progress is the attraction that moves humanity.” – Marcus Garvey
  • “Now that I am working for myself, there is no one to report to. So it is very easy to be busy but accomplishes very little. An example of this is one of my other websites. In this case, I had no newsletter that had to be done weekly. I had no updates to post. So I worked away on the website but with very little focus. I was getting frustrated as I felt I was investing a lot of time and seeing no progress. So, I developed a list and each week, if I do nothing else, I make sure I complete the items on the list.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  • “Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.” – Calvin Coolidge
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  • “The reason for the slow progress of the world seems to lie in a single fact. Every man is born under the yoke and grows up beneath the oppression of his age. He can only get a vision of the unselfish forces in the world by appealing to them, and every appeal is a call to arms. If he fights he must fight, not one man, but a conspiracy. He is always at war with a civilization. On his side are proverbial philosophy, a galaxy of invisible saints and sages, and the half-developed consciousness and professions of everybody. Against him is the world, and every selfish passion in his own heart.” – John Jay Chapman
  • “Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man’s power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened.” – Madame De Stael
  • “Economic progress, in capitalist society, means turmoil.” – Joseph A. Schumpeter
  • “My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.” – Peter Golkin

The Questions About Progress

What does making progress mean?

It means you are working on something but you haven’t finished yet. You are in progress.

What does slow progress mean?

It means you are working on something but it’s quite slow and you need to speed it up.

How do I know if I’m making progress?

Generally speaking:
You feel more stronger than ever before
Your social skills will be approved
You’ll be more successful at work
You’ll have more energy