Herbert Spencer Quotes

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Our lives are universally shortened by our ignorance... view

By: Herbert Spencer

People are beginning to see that the first requisite to success in life is to be a good animal... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Science is organized knowledge... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Society exists for the benefit of its members, not the members for the benefit of society... view

By: Herbert Spencer

The behavior of men to the lower animals, and their behavior to each other, bear a constant relationship... view

By: Herbert Spencer

The fact disclosed by a survey of the past that majorities have been wrong must not blind us to the complementary fact that majorities have usually not been entirely wrong... view

By: Herbert Spencer

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action... view

By: Herbert Spencer

The more specific idea of Evolution now reached is - a change from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity to a definite, coherent heterogeneity, accompanying the dissipation of motion and integration of matter... view

By: Herbert Spencer

The Republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature, a type nowhere at present existing... view

By: Herbert Spencer

The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Volumes might be written upon the impiety of the pious... view

By: Herbert Spencer

We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced... view

By: Herbert Spencer

We do not commonly see in a tax a diminution of freedom, and yet it clearly is one... view

By: Herbert Spencer

What a cage is to the wild beast, law is to the selfish man... view

By: Herbert Spencer

When a man's knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confusion... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Old forms of government finally grow so oppressive that they must be thrown off even at the risk of reigns of terror... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold... view

By: Herbert Spencer

The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Government is essentially immoral... view

By: Herbert Spencer

A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance... view

By: Herbert Spencer

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance... view

By: Herbert Spencer

A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it... view

By: Herbert Spencer

All socialism involves slavery... view

By: Herbert Spencer

An argument fatal to the communist theory, is suggested by the fact, that a desire for property is one of the elements of our nature... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained.. view

By: Herbert Spencer

Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Divine right of kings means the divine right of anyone who can get uppermost... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Every cause produces more than one effect... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom... view

By: Herbert Spencer

How often misused words generate misleading thoughts... view

By: Herbert Spencer

In science the important thing is to modify and change one's ideas as science advances... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Life is the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Love is life's end, but never ending. Love is life's wealth, never spent, but ever spending. Love's life's reward, rewarded in rewarding... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Marriage: a ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Marriage: A word which should be pronounced "mirage"... view

By: Herbert Spencer

Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts - as the one which, more than any other, ministers to the human spirit... view

By: Herbert Spencer

No one can be perfectly free till all are free.. view

By: Herbert Spencer

Education has for its object the formation of character... view

By: Herbert Spencer