Oscar Wilde quote about progress from A Woman of No Importance - Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
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Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
 Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance (1893). copy citation

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Author Oscar Wilde
Source A Woman of No Importance
Topic progress discontent
Date 1893
Language English
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“If you imagine he is quite happy in such a position, you are mistaken. He is thoroughly discontented.
Mrs. Arbuthnot. He was not discontented till he met you. You have made him so.
Lord Illingworth. Of course, I made him so. Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation. But I did not leave him with a mere longing for things he could not get. No, I made him a charming offer. He jumped at it, I need hardly say. Any young man would. And now, simply because it turns out that I am the boy's own father and he my own son, you propose practically to ruin his career.” source

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