Herbert Spencer

1820 - 1903

A Quote by Herbert Spencer on men and world

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

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

Source: Essays

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on action, errors, life, men, politics, power, revolution, and superstition

Anyone who studies the state of things which preceded the French Revolution will see that the tremendous catastrophe came about from so excessive a regulation of men's actions in all their details, and such an enormous drafting away of the products of their actions to maintain the regulating organization, that life was fast becoming impracticable. And if we ask what then made, and now makes, this error possible, we find it to be the political superstition that governmental power is subject to no restraints.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on confusion, knowledge, and order

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

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on words

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How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on morality and pain

Absolute morality is the regulation of conduct in such a way that pain shall not be inflicted.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

Source: Essays

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on accidents, control, evil, laws, necessity, and progress

Progress is not an accident, not a thing within human control, but a beneficent necessity . . . due to the working of a universal law. So surely must the things we call evil and immorality disappear; so surely must man become perfect.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on action

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Rightness expresses of actions, what straightness does of lines; and there can no more be two kinds of right action than there can be two kinds of straight lines.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on control and self-control

The most important attribute of man as a moral being is the faculty of self-control.

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 play and youth

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To play billiards well is a sign of an ill-spent youth.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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