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- He only is advancing in life whose heart is getting softer, whose blood warmer, whose brain quicker, whose spirit is entering into living peace.
- It is wonderful how soon a piano gets into a log-hut on the frontier. You would think they found it under a pine-stump. With it comes a Latin grammar, and one of those tow-head boys has written a hymn on Sunday. Now let colleges, now let senates take heed! for here is one who, opening these fine tastes on the basis of the pioneer's iron constitution, will gather all their laurels in his strong hands.
- To progress you must go forwards, but not too far or you begin to go backwards.
- What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.
- Progress is the process whereby the human race is getting rid of whiskers, the vermiform appendix, and God.
- Every step of progress means a duty repudiated, and a scripture torn up.