Quotations on Improvement

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He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature... is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Life, Nature, Improvement, Nothing, Waste)

Spend some time this weekend on home improvement; improve your attitude toward your family.
- Bo Bennett
(Keywords: Family, Home, Time, Attitude, Improvement, Weekend)

We're the largest home improvement company today, and we did $30 billion last year, or less than 10 percent of the total amount of building materials sold in the U.S. So when people ask, how much runway left does Home Depot have, it's an awful lot.
- Arthur Blank
(Keywords: Home, People, Building, Company, Improvement, Today)

There is no single development, in either technology or management technique, which by itself promises even one order-of-magnitude improvement within a decade in productivity, in reliability, in simplicity.
- Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.
(Keywords: Technology, Development, Management, Improvement, Order, Productivity, Promises, Simplicity)

I am opposed to the laying down of rules or conditions to be observed in the construction of bridges lest the progress of improvement tomorrow might be embarrassed or shackled by recording or registering as law the prejudices or errors of today.
- Isambard K. Brunel
(Keywords: Progress, Errors, Improvement, Law, Rules, Today, Tomorrow)

And, of course, method is very important as is a high-quality specialist (trainer) working with you to keep you going in the right direction for your improvement and to help create results.
- Sergei Bubka
(Keywords: Direction, Help, Improvement, Results, Right)

I feel not unlike a small boy, waking from a bad dream to find reality not much of an improvement.
- John Byrne
(Keywords: Dream, Improvement, Reality, Waking)

Now I say that if you run more than 15 miles a week, it's for something other than aerobic fitness. Once you pass 15 miles, you do not see much further improvement.
- Kenneth H. Cooper
(Keywords: Fitness, Improvement, Now)

I was glad to hear of that determination as I detest the practice of cousins marrying or any marriage between persons in which there can be traced the most distant relationship. I go for the improvement instead of the deterioration of our race.
- Ezra Cornell
(Keywords: Marriage, Determination, Improvement, Practice, Race)

In celebration of this Earth Day, I encourage all Members of the House to support legislation aimed at investing in the improvement of water quality in our Nation's lakes, rivers, streams and estuaries.
- Jerry Costello
(Keywords: Quality, Day, Earth, Improvement, Legislation, Nation, Rivers, Support, Water)

Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author's phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea.
- Guy Debord
(Keywords: Idea, Progress, Ideas, Improvement, Meaning, Plagiarism, Right, Words)

Mathematicians are like managers - they want improvement without change.
- Edsger Dijkstra
(Keywords: Change, Improvement, Managers, Mathematicians, Want)

The best security for civilization is the dwelling, and upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends, more than anything else, the improvement of mankind.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Civilization, Improvement, Mankind, Security)

Umpires, like players, are expected to show constant improvement each season and at each level. Inconsistent plate work and the inability to handle situations are probably the two biggest problems that minor league umpires face.
- Jim Evans
(Keywords: Work, Improvement, Problems)

Humanity may endure the loss of everything; all its possessions may be turned away without infringing its true dignity - all but the possibility of improvement.
- Johann Gottlieb Fichte
(Keywords: Possibility, Dignity, Humanity, Improvement, Loss, May, Possessions)

We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.
- Benjamin Franklin
(Keywords: People, Circumstances, Heaven, Improvement, Information, Leisure, Man, Respect)

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
- Benjamin Franklin
(Keywords: Nature, Cookery, Improvement, Mankind)

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
- Benjamin Franklin
(Keywords: Success, Progress, Achievement, Growth, Improvement, Meaning, Words)

Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth.
- Mikhail Gorbachev
(Keywords: Wisdom, God, Earth, Improvement, Nations)

If you start using a medication in a person with autism, you should see an obvious improvement in behavior in a short period of time. If you do not see an obvious improvement, they probably should not be taking the stuff. It is that simple.
- Temple Grandin
(Keywords: Time, Behavior, Improvement, Obvious)

I admired what my students were writing, but I think their improvement doesn't directly result from me but from being in a class, being with each other.
- Thom Gunn
(Keywords: Being, Class, Improvement, Result, Students, Writing)

After I've sent my revised draft to my agent and editor, they suggest more improvement sand again, this revision phase can take anywhere from a few hours to a few months.
- Margaret Haddix
(Keywords: Draft, Improvement, Months)

The progress of society is mainly the improvement in the condition of the workingmen of the world.
- Rutherford B. Hayes
(Keywords: Society, Progress, Improvement, World)

The application of a strong magnetic field enables the measurement of the energy of the most penetrating particles to be carried out, and the method may be capable of still further extension and improvement.
- Victor Francis Hess
(Keywords: Energy, Improvement, May)

Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives.
- Eric Hoffer
(Keywords: Quality, Concern, Improvement, Motives, Purity, Results)

A state that suppresses all freedom of speech, and which by imposing the most terrible punishments, treats each and every attempt at criticism, however morally justified, and every suggestion for improvement as plotting to high treason, is a state that breaks an unwritten law.
- Kurt Huber
(Keywords: Criticism, Freedom, Improvement, Law, Speech, State, Treason)

At the present moment the people of England are only three-quarters fed, and the result of this improvement in the export of our manufactures would be, that they would be entirely fed.
- Joseph Hume
(Keywords: People, England, Improvement, Present, Result)

A wise and frugal Government, which shall retrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Men, Government, Improvement, Labor)

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Government, Men, Improvement, Labor)

From reading over the notes for each session it was apparent that there had been improvement by more or less regular steps from almost complete terror at sight of the rabbit to a completely positive response with no signs of disturbance.
- Mary C. Jones
(Keywords: Positive, Improvement, Reading, Sight, Terror)

There's always room for improvement. We have a nucleus that's pretty good. You want players that will help.
- Jason Kidd
(Keywords: Help, Improvement, Pretty, Want, Will)

Finance is critical. If sufficient investment is made in infrastructure and venture capital is made available, there will be a big improvement in the situation.
- Sanjay Kumar
(Keywords: Finance, Improvement, Investment, Will)

Most of these alternative arrangements, so-called, arise out of the ruins of marriages, not as an improvement of old fashioned marriage.
- Christopher Lasch
(Keywords: Marriage, Improvement, Old)

The more a person learns how to use the forces of nature for his own purposes, by means of perfecting the sciences and the invention and improvement of machines, the more he will produce.
- Friedrich List
(Keywords: Nature, Improvement, Invention, Machines, Will)

We need improvement in the style of performance. There is no more advantage in a musician who plays and conducts than in one who is only a beater of rhythm.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Performance, Improvement, Style)

The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.
- John Locke
(Keywords: Knowledge, First, Improvement, Understanding)

Changes in the traditional way of building are only permitted if they are an improvement. Otherwise stay with what is traditional, for truth, even if it be hundreds of years old has a stronger inner bond with us than the lie that walks by our side.
- Adolf Loos
(Keywords: Truth, Lie, Building, Improvement, Old, Years)

There is a lot of room for improvement in Social Security. We owe our children the most financially sound system possible. They will have paid into it their entire working lives. They deserve to be protected by it. for our children and grandchildren.
- Mitch McConnell
(Keywords: Children, Improvement, Security, Sound, Will)

They act as if they supposed that to be very sanguine about the general improvement of mankind is a virtue that relieves them from taking trouble about any improvement in particular.
- John Morley
(Keywords: Virtue, Act, Improvement, Mankind, Trouble)

Anarchists are socialists because they want the improvement of society, and they are communists because they are convinced that such a transformation of society can only result from the establishment of a commonwealth of property.
- Johann Most
(Keywords: Society, Improvement, Property, Result, Want)

Political chaos is connected with the decay of language... one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.
- George Orwell
(Keywords: Chaos, End, Improvement, Language)

Until the last great war, a general expectation of material improvement was an idea peculiar to Western man. Now war and its aftermath have made economic and social progress a political imperative in every quarter of the globe.
- Lester B. Pearson
(Keywords: War, Idea, Progress, Expectation, Improvement, Man, Now)

You see, greatness for a state doesn't require some huge monument for all to see. It is not a journey to a particular destination - but a commitment to follow a course of constant and never-ending improvement.
- Sonny Perdue
(Keywords: Greatness, Commitment, Improvement, Journey, Monument, State)

Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
- Tom Peters
(Keywords: Design, Quality, Improvement, Manufacturing)

Doubt, the essential preliminary of all improvement and discovery, must accompany the stages of man's onward progress. The faculty of doubting and questioning, without which those of comparison and judgment would be useless, is itself a divine prerogative of the reason.
- Albert Pike
(Keywords: Progress, Discovery, Doubt, Improvement, Judgment, Man, Questioning, Reason)

Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.
- William Pollard
(Keywords: Change, Opportunity, Creativity, Improvement, Innovation, Will)

For many years, I have lived uncomfortably with the belief that most planning and architectural design suffers for lack of real and basic purpose. The ultimate purpose, it seems to me, must be the improvement of mankind.
- James Rouse
(Keywords: Design, Belief, Purpose, Improvement, Mankind, Planning, Years)

Through art and science in their broadest senses it is possible to make a permanent contribution towards the improvement and enrichment of human life and it is these pursuits that we students are engaged in.
- Frederick Sanger
(Keywords: Art, Life, Science, Improvement, Senses, Students)

No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
- Florida Scott-Maxwell
(Keywords: Mother, Children, Improvement, Old)

The confounding Political Economy with the Sciences and Arts to which it is subservient, has been one of the principal obstacles to its improvement.
- Nassau William Senior
(Keywords: Economy, Improvement, Obstacles)



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