Herbert Spencer

1820 - 1903

A Quote by Herbert Spencer on knowledge, education, and action

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

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on balance

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"Life is not for learning nor is life for working, but learning and working are for life."

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on failure to learn

There is a principle that is a bar against all information and proof against all arguments, which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance.  That principle is contempt prior to investigation.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on time and trying

Time: That which man is always trying to kill, but which ends in killing him.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

Source: Definitions

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on play and youth

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It was remarked to me by the late Mr. Charles Roupell . . . that to play billiards well was a sign of an ill-spent youth.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

Source: Life and Letters of Spencer.

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on animals, men, and relationships

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

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on existence and society

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

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on life, struggle, and survival

This survival of the fittest which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called "natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life."

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

Source: Principles of Biology. Indirect Equilibration.

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on freedom

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

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

Source: Social Statics, 1850

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on government

Government is essentially immoral.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

Source: Social Statics, 1851

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