In a way, the Russians are quite helpful. If we didn't have them, how would we know whether we were ahead or behind?
David Livingstone, great explorer and Christian pioneer, wrote in one magnificent sentence, "I will go anywhere—provided it be forward."—Houston Times
Don't look back; somethin' might be gainin' on you.—Satchell Paige
Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was the darkness which produced the lamp. It was the fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.—Highways of Happiness
If you're doing something the same way you have been doing it for ten years, the chances are you are doing it wrong.—Charles Kettering
Being satisfied with things the way they are is the quickest way to stop progress.
A colleague boarded a Boston-to-Los Angeles jet airliner a day or so ago. After the plane took off, he overheard the stewardess approach a woman passenger and ask if she would like to remove her coat.
"No, thanks," the woman said. "I'm getting off at Chicago."—Minneapolis Sunday Tribune
The cottager was crippled by rheumatism, and the kindly clergyman taught him his letters, and put him through the primer and into the Bible. On his return after a vacation, the clergyman met the cottager's wife.
"How does John get along with his reading of the Bible?" he asked.
"Oh, bless your reverence," she replied proudly, "'e's out of the Bible and into the newspaper long ago."
The kindly clergyman, newly come to the parish, was at great pains to teach an illiterate old man, crippled with rheumatism, his letters so that he could read the Bible. On the clergyman's return after a short absence from the parish, he met the old man's wife.
"And how is Thomas making out with reading his Bible?"
"Bless you, sir," the wife declared proudly, "he's out of the Bible and into the newspaper long ago."
The physician advised his patient to eat a hearty dinner at night, without any worry over the ability to digest it. The patient, however, protested:
"But the other time when I came to see you, you insisted I must eat only a very light supper in the evening."
The physician nodded, smiling complacently.
"Yes, of course—that shows what great progress the science of medicine is making."