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Great Quotations on Growth

All men's gains are the fruit of venturing.
- Herodotus -

Growth is the only evidence of life.
- John Henry Newman -

Spring - An experience in immortality.
- Thoreau -

Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.
- Frank Lloyd Wright -

The way of heaven is to diminish the prosperous and augment the needy. The superior man gains without boasting.
- I Ching -

Youth is the best time to be rich,
and the best time to be poor.
- Euripides -

He who seeks for gain, must be at some expense.
- Plautus -

Sometimes the best gain is to lose.
- Herbert -

Youth, what man's age is like to be, doth show;
We may our ends by our beginnings know.
- John Denham -

An old young man, will be a young old man.
- Franklin -

Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.
- Goethe -

Every street has two sides, the shady side and the sunny. When two men shake hands and part, mark which of the two takes the sunny side; he will be the younger man of the two.
- BulwerLytton -

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
- Alfred North Whitehead -

Climb mountains to see lowlands.
- Chinese Proverb -

Every phase of evolution commences by being in a state of unstable force and proceeds through organization to equilibrium. Equilibrium having been achieved, no further development is possible without once more oversetting the stability and passing through a phase of contending forces.
- Kabbalah -

A tree trunk the size of a man
Grows from a blade as thin as a hair.
A tower nine stories high
Is built from a small heap of earth.
A journey of a thousand miles
Starts in front of your feet.
Whosoever acts spoils it.
Whosoever keeps loses it.
- LaoTzu -

Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.
- Milton -

Just as the twig is bent the tree is inclined.
- Pope -

Everyone believes in his youth that the world really began with him, and that all merely exists for his sake.
- Goethe -

Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.
- Carlyle -

If spring came but once in a century, instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change!
- Longfellow -

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
- Calvin Coolidge -

The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness,
And 'consciousness' cannot evolve unconsciously.
The evolution of man is the evolution of his will,
And 'will' cannot evolve involuntarily.
The evolution of man is the evolution of his power of doing,
And 'doing' cannot be the result of things which 'happen.'
- Gurdjieff -

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.
- Adlai E. Stevenson -

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.
- Mortimer Adler -

Enough shovels of earth... a mountain.
Enough pails of water... a river.
- Chinese Proverb -

Those who have high thoughts are ever striving;
they are not happy to remain in the same place.
Like swans that leave their lake and rise into the air,
they leave their home and fly for a higher home.
- The Dhammapada -

That age is best which is the first
When youth and blood are warmer.
- Robert Herrick -

Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses, a box where sweets compacted lie.
- Herbert -

The morning hour has gold in its mouth.
- Franklin -

The morning of life is like the dawn of day, full of purity, of imagery, and harmony.
- Chateaubriand -

Youth, with swift feet, walks onward in the way;
the land of joy lies all before his eyes.
- BulwerLytton -

Youth is the trustee of prosperity.
- Disraeli -

The morning pouring everywhere,
Its golden glory on the air.
- Longfellow -

How beautiful is youth! how bright it gleams
With its illusions, aspirations, dreams!
Book of Beginnings, Story without End,
Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend!
- Longfellow -

The grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older, and societies better.
- Bovee -

The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright... The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.
- Matthew Arnold -

An evil gain equals a loss.
- Publilius Syrus -

It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.
- Seneca -

Youthful rashness skips like a hare over the meshes of good counsel.
- Shakespeare -

The greatest part of mankind employ their first years to make their last miserable.
- La Bruyere -

No gain without pains.
- Franklin -

The self-conceit of the young is the great source of those dangers to which they are exposed.
- Hugh Blair -

Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
- Goethe -

Spring makes everything young again except man.
- Richter -

Consider what heavy responsibility lies upon you in your youth, to determine, among realities, by what you will be delighted, and, among imaginations, by whose you will be led.
- John Ruskin -

Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.
- Hare & Charles -

Growing is not easy, plain sailing business that it is commonly supposed to be: it is hard work - harder than any but a growing boy can understand; it requires attention, and you are not strong enough to attend to your bodily growth and to your lessons too.
- Samuel Butler -

Within the earth, wood grows: the image of Pushing Upward. Thus the superior man of devoted character heaps up small things in order to achieve something high and great.
- I Ching -

The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.
- Confucius -

As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.
- Cicero -

Let this be an example for the acquisition of all knowledge, virtue, and riches. By the fall of drops of water, by degrees, a pot is filled.
- The Hitopadesa -

By depending on the great,
The small may rise high.
See: the little plant ascending the tall tree
Has climbed to the top.
- Saskya Pandita -

The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much. He is not rich that possesses much, but he that covets no more; and he is not poor that enjoys little, but he that wants too much.
- Francis Beaumont -

Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
- Carlyle -

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.
- Longfellow -

All good growth is slow growth.
- William J. Gaynor -

A change of being cannot be brought about by any rites. Rites can only mark an accomplished transition. And it is only in pseudoesoteric systems in which there is nothing else except these rites, that they begin to attribute to the rites an independent meaning...Inner growth, a change of being, depends entirely upon the work which a man must do on himself.
- Gurdjieff -

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
- Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan -

The spark hangs from the flame by the finest thread of eternal vital power. It journeys through the Seven Worlds of illusion. It stops in the first, and is a metal and a stone; it passes into the second and behold a plant; the plant whirls through seven changes and becomes a sacred animal. From the combined attributes of these, the thinker is formed...
- Book of Dzyan -

The Breath becomes a stone; the stone, a plant; the plant, an animal; the animal, a man; the man, a spirit; and the spirit, a god.
- Kabbalah -

In saffron-colored mantle, from the tides of ocean rose the morning to bring light to gods and men.
- Homer -

For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
- Song of Solomon -

Yet Ah, that Spring should vanish with the Rose.
That Youth's sweet-scented manuscript should close!
The Nightingale that in the branches sang
Ah whence and whither flown again, who knows?
- Omar Khayyam -

As when the golden sun salutes the morn,
And, having gilt the ocean with his beams,
Gallops the zodiac in his glistering coach,
And overlooks the highest-peering hills.
- Shakespeare -

See! led by Morn, with dewy feet,
Apollo mounts his golden seat,
Replete with sevenfold fire;
While, dazzled by his conquering light,
Heaven's glittering host and awful night
Submissively retire.
- Thomas Taylor -

The morn is up again, the dewy morn,
with breath all incense, and with cheek all bloom,
laughing the clouds away with playful scorn,
and glowing into day.
- Byron -

I was always an early riser. Happy the man who is! Every morning day comes to him with a virgin's love, full of bloom and freshness. The youth of nature is contagious, like the gladness of a happy child.
- BulwerLytton -

An acorn is not an oak tree when it is sprouted. It must go through long summers and fierce winters; it has to endure all that frost and snow and sidestriking winds can bring before it is a full grown oak. These are rough teachers; but rugged schoolmasters make rugged pupils. So a man is not a man when he is created; he is only begun. His manhood must come with years.
- Beecher -

All common things, each day's events,
That with the hour begin and end,
Our pleasures and our discontents,
Are rounds by which we may ascend.
- Longfellow -

There is no time like Spring,
When life's alive in everything,
Before new nestlings sing,
Before cleft swallows speed their journey back
Along the trackless track.
- Christina Rossetti -

When the hounds of spring are on winter's traces,
The mother of months in meadow or plain
Fill the shadows and windy places
With lisp of leaves and ripple of rain.
- Swinburne -

Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose
From out night's gray and cloudy sheath;
Softly and still it grows and grows,
Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.
- Susan Coolidge -

When I am grown to man's estate
I shall be very proud and great.
And tell the other girls and boys
Not to meddle with my toys.
- Robert Louis Stevenson -

Why build these cities glorious
If man unbuilded goes?
In vain we build the world unless
The builder also grows.
- Edwin Markham -

The splendid discontent of God
With chaos, made the world...
And from the discontent of man
The world's best progress springs.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox -

I sing the first green leaf upon the bough,
The tiny kindling flame of emerald fire,
The stir amid the roots of reeds, and how
The sap will flush the briar.
- Clinton Scollard -

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