|C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.|
| Improvement is nature.|
| Real improvement is of slow growth only.|
| Infinite toil would not enable you to sweep away a mist; but by ascending a little, you may often look over it altogether. So it is with our moral improvement: we wrestle fiercely with a vicious habit, which could have no hold upon us if we ascended into a higher moral atmosphere.|
| People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.|
| Look up, and not down; look forward, and not back; look out, and not in; and lend a hand.|
E. E. Hale.
| The improvement of the mind improves the heart and corrects the understanding.|
| It is necessary to try to surpass ones self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.|
| Slumber not in the tents of your fathers. The world is advancing. Advance with it!|
| Let us strive to improve ourselves, for we cannot remain stationary: one either progresses or retrogrades.|
Mme. du Deffand.
| It seems as if the day was not wholly profane in which we have given heed to some natural object.|
| Judge of thine improvement, not by what thou speakest or writest, but by the firmness of thy mind, and the government of thy passions and affections.|
| To hear always, to think always, to learn always, it is thus that we live truly. He who aspires to nothing, who learns nothing, is not worthy of living.|
| Where we cannot invent, we may at least improve; we may give somewhat of novelty to that which was old, condensation to that which was diffuse, perspicuity to that which was obscure, and currency to that which was recondite.|