Herbert Spencer

English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903)

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How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.
A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman.
Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
Divine right of kings means the divine right of anyone who can get uppermost.
Education has for its object the formation of character.
If men use their liberty in such a way as to surrender their liberty, are they thereafter any the less slaves If people by a plebiscite elect a man despot over them, do they remain free because the despotism was of their own making
Life is the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations.
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.
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.
Science is organized knowledge.
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.
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.
The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.
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.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which can not fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt prior to investigation.

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