Let a king recall that it is better to improve his realm than to increase his territory.1517 Querela Pacis.
We are living now, not in the delicious intoxication induced by the early successes of science, but in a rather grisly morning-after, when it has become apparent that what triumphant science has donehitherto isto improve the means for achieving unimproved or actually deteriorated ends.1937 Ends and Means, ch.1.
The House is composed of very good men, not shining, but honest and reasonably well-informed, and in time they will be found to improve, and not to be much inferior in eloquence, science, and dignity, to the British Commons. They are patriotic enough, and I believe there are more stupid (as well as more shining) people in the latter, in proportion.fisher ames
The wood was better before I cut it, than after. I did not improve it in any way.carl andre
Men might be better if we better deemedOf them. The worst way to improve the worldIs to condemn it.philip james bailey
improve constantly and forever the system of production and service, to improve quality and productivity, and thus constantly decrease costs.w. edwards deming
We cannot rely on mass inspection to improve quality, though there are times when 100 percent inspection is necessary. As Harold S. Dodge said many years ago, 'You cannot inspect quality into a product.' The quality is there or it isn't by the time it's inspected.w. edwards deming
Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.jonathan edwards
Through knowledge, you can develop the economy. Without knowledge, you cannot improve a society.newton lee
Although our "gentle air" cannot improve the way hate and envy look, it does seem not to encourage firmness and decision. All is compromise; caution and refinement are everywhere. Everything has to "make a good impression" — whether or not it is any good: the impression is the main thing.arnold schoenberg
Strive always to improve the instrument.henry e. steinway
His puritan, muscular, moor-tramping soul (superbly mirrored in Higgins's hymn to the intellect in Pygmalion) bred in him a loathing of all things, whether poems or gadgets, that were designed to comfort the human condition without actively trying to improve it. (p. 103)Kenneth Tynan
The junk merchant doesn't sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise. He degrades and simplifies the client.William S. Burroughs
Whenever the law gets its hands on you, those who use the law to their own advantage will also turn it against you. Don’t put your trust in the laws of men, Alvin. They were designed by strong men to improve their power over weaker ones.orson scott card
To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.winston churchill
Many of the points made by the antiwar movement have been consciously assimilated by the Pentagon and its lawyers and advisers. Precision weaponry is good in itself, but its ability to discriminate is improving and will continue to improve. Cluster bombs are perhaps not good in themselves, but when they are dropped on identifiable concentrations of Taliban troops, they do have a heartening effect.christopher hitchens
If you find that you're spending almost all your time on theory, start turning some attention to practical things; it will improve your theories. If you find that you're spending almost all your time on practice, start turning some attention to theoretical things; it will improve your practice.donald knuth
Education is the chief remedy for all those great evils which afflict the country. Education will not only cultivate and improve the intellect of the nation, but will also purify its character.keshub chunder sen
As in the beginning, so now, and it will be for ever after, we come of a race who are very bad managers in youth, though we improve as we get older. I have cut down the cost of my falconers to 1200 florins, and I hope soon to be out of debt.william the silent
It is almost never when a state of things is the most detestable that it is smashed, but when, beginning to improve, it permits men to breathe, to reflect, to communicate their thoughts with each other, and to gauge by what they already have the extent of their rights and their grievances. The weight, although less heavy, seems then all the more unbearable.alexis de tocqueville
For He, who gave this vast machine to roll, Breathed Life in them, in us a Reasoning Soul; That kindred feelings might our state improve, And mutual wants conduct to mutual love.Juvenal, Satire XV, line 203.
We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and you must win.Edward Gibbon as quoted in Sophia's Fire (2005) by Sango Mbella, p. 100
As in the beginning, so now, and it will be for ever after, we come of a race who are very bad managers in youth, though we improve as we get older. I have cut down the cost of my falconers to 1200 florins, and I hope soon to be out of debt.William writing to his brother Louis, as quoted in William the Silent (1902) by Frederic Harrison, p. 10
Our merciful Father has no pleasure in the sufferings of His children; He chastens them in love; He never inflicts a stroke He could safely spare; He inflicts it to purify as well as to punish, to caution as well as to cure, to improve as well as to chastise.Hannah More, p. 568. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers)
Fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health over a lifetime, for both children and adults.Richard H. Carmona, United States Surgeon General, Surgeon General's Statement on Community Water Fluoridation July 28, 2004.
If I had my way about national parks, I would create one without a road in it. I would have it impenetrable forever to automobiles, a place where man would not try to improve upon God.Harold L. Ickes, remark on May 1933
To improve life here. To extend life to there. To find life beyond.The NASA Vision
You take a pink, You dig about its roots and water it, And so improve it to a garden-pink, But will not change it to a heliotrope.Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh (1856), Book VI.
The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our web-like existence in the world . We clump into family , association, and companies.Tim Berners-Lee, in Linda Seger The Better Way to Win, Xlibris Corporation, 1 March 2011, p.132
A man full of warm, speculative benevolence may wish his society otherwise constituted than he finds it, but a good patriot and a true politician always considers how he shall make the most of the existing materials of his country. A disposition to preserve and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman. Everything else is vulgar in the conception, perilous in the execution.Edmund Burke, in Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)