process of a thing moving from one state to another that is considered to be better, usually through some action intended to bring about that better state
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Improvement is the process of a thing moving from one state to a state considered to be better, usually through some action intended to bring about that better state. The concept of improvement is important to individuals, as well as to governments and businesses.
- The best revenge is to improve yourself.
- Ali ibn Abi-Talib, Ghur Al-Hikam
- There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.
- John Ashbery, International Herald Tribune (Paris, October 2, 1989) The Columbia World of Quotations, 1996.
- Men might be better if we better deemed
Of them. The worst way to improve the world
Is to condemn it.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus (1872 edition) Scene IV, A Mountain; Sunrise. Compare: "The surest plan to make a man / Is to think him so", J. R. Lowell, Biglow Papers, II, ii. St. 9
- Inward improvements have a worth and dignity in themselves quite distinct from the power they give over outward things.
- William Ellery Channing, “Self-Culture”
- Those who are striving to improve the lot of man may ground their hopes.
- Albert Einstein, Why Socialism? (1949) Monthly Review  New York (May 1949)
- That's how we continue on, and will improve our lot in life, solve the problems that arise. Partly out of necessity, partly out of this drive to improve.
- I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul.
- Socrates, Plato's account of the trial of Socrates in Apology. (Translated by Benjamin Jowett.) 30a–b
- For if you think that by killing men you can avoid the accuser censoring your lives, you are mistaken; that is not a way of escape which is either possible or honorable; the easiest and the noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves.
- Socrates, Plato's account of the trial of Socrates in Apology. (Translated by Benjamin Jowett.) 39c–d