Herbert Spencer

1820 - 1903

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.

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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 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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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on existence, government, nature, and present

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.

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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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