Herbert Spencer Quotes

Most popular Herbert Spencer Quotes

Reading is seeing by proxy.

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Science is organized knowledge.

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The preservation of health is a duty.

health

Our lives are universally shortened by our ignorance.

ignorance

How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.

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Education has for its object the formation of character.

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

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Morality knows nothing of geographical boundaries or distinctions of race.
— Herbert Spencer
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.
— Herbert Spencer

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Only when genius is married to science can the biggest results be produced.
— Herbert Spencer
Morality knows nothing of geographical boundaries, or distinctions of race.
— Herbert Spencer

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Progress... is not an accident, but a necessity.....it is a part of nature.
— Herbert Spencer

progress

Time: that which man is always trying to kill but which ends in killing him.
— Herbert Spencer

time

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

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Not education, but character, is a man's greatest need and a man's greatest safeguard.
— Herbert Spencer
In science, the important thing is to modify and change one's ideas as science advances.
— Herbert Spencer
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

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

animals

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

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Architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and poetry, may truly be called the efflorescence of civilized life.
— Herbert Spencer
No man can be perfectly free till all are free; no man can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no man can be perfectly happy till all are happy.
— Herbert Spencer
What now is the most important attribute of man as a moral being?  May we not answer—the faculty of self-control? This it is which forms a chief distinction between the human being and the brute.

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Using the phrase ancestor-worship in its broadest sense as comprehending all worship of the dead, be they of the same blood or not, we reach the conclusion that ancestor-worship is the root of every religion.

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