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Progress in science is governed by the laws of repulsion, every step forward is made by refutation of prevalent errors and false theories. Forward steps in art are governed by the law of attraction, are the result of imitation of and admiration for beloved predecessors.

Doctor Zhivago
I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction.

Travels with Charley: In Search of America
The power to question is the basis of all human progress.
The best road to progress is freedom's road.
If economic progress means that we become anonymous cogs in some great machine, then progress is an empty promise.

The Empty Raincoat Making Sense of the Future (1994)
Progress is mostly the product of rogues.

Liberation Management (1992)
I think economics is about passion. Economic progress, whether it is a two-person coffee shop or whether it is Netscape, is about people with brave ideas. Because it is brave to mortgage the house when you've got two kids to start a coffee shop.

Interview, Reason Magazine (1997)
If the 1980s were about quality and the 1990s were about reengineering, then the 2000s will be about velocity.

Business@the Speed of Thought cowritten with Collins Hemingway; 1999)
When you give people new tools, breakthrough communication tools, it has a transformational effect. The last time anything this dramatic happened you'd have to go back to the beginning of the Industrial Age.

Speech, Government Leaders Conference, Seattle, Washington (April 4, 2000)
The world is not changing because computer operators have replaced clerk-typists, but because the human struggle to survive and prosper now depends on an entirely new source of wealth. It is information, knowledge applied to work to create value.

Speech, Manhattan Institute, New York City (December 2, 1998)
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."