A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 24, 2019
“Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity”

"Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity” is a saying that has been printed on many images. Democratic presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson II (1900-1965) was quoted in the New York (NY) Times on October 25, 1952:

“Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity. And it is an article of the democratic faith that progress is a basic law of life. If I thought that the human race was no longer capable of human progress, I would not be trespassing now upon the time and attention of the American people.”

American humorist Arnold H. Glasow (1905-1998) has been credited with the quotation since at least the 1980s, but there is no evidence that he wrote it.


Wikipedia: Adlai Stevenson II
Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (/ˈædleɪ/; February 5, 1900 – July 14, 1965) was an American lawyer, politician, and diplomat.

A member of the Democratic Party, Stevenson served in numerous positions in the federal government during the 1930s and 1940s, including the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA), Federal Alcohol Administration, Department of the Navy, and the State Department. In 1945, he served on the committee that created the United Nations, and he was a member of the initial U.S. delegations to the UN. He was the 31st Governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953, and received the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in the 1952 and 1956 elections.

25 October 1952, New York (NY) Times, “U.N. Day Talks of the Rival Nominees—By Governor Stevenson,” pg. 2, col. 6:
Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity. And it is an article of the democratic faith that progress is a basic law of life. If I thought that the human race was no longer capable of human progress, I would not be trespassing now upon the time and attention of the American people.

Google Books
Major Campaign Speeches, 1952
By Adlai Ewing Stevenson
New York, NY: Random House
1953
Pg. 276:
Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity. And it is an article of the democratic faith that progress is a basic law of life. If I thought that the human race was no longer capable of human progress, I would not be trespassing now upon the time and attention of the American people.

Google Books
The Papers of Adlai E. Stevenson: “Let’s talk sense to the American people,” 1952-1955
By Adlai Ewing Stevenson
Edited by Walter Johnson
Boston, MA: Little, Brown
1972
Pg. 171:
Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity.

Google Books
Forbes
Volume 131
1983
Pg. 352:
Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity.
ARNOLD GLASOW

Google Books
Book of Business Quotations
Edited by Bill Ridgers
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons; London, UK: Profile Books
2012
Pg. 179:
Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity.
Arnold H. Glasow, humorist (1905–98)

Google Books
ABC of Quotes
By Vincent Thnay
Lulu Press (Lulu.com)
2015
Pg. ?:
Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity.—Arnold Glasow

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“Progress is what happens when impossibility yields to necessity.”
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