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The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.

How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.

How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.

The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.

The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.

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

Every cause produces more than one effect. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

Marriage: A word which should be pronounced 'mirage'.

Marriage: A word which should be pronounced 'mirage'.

We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced. ---->>>

Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom. ---->>>

The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality. ---->>>

Marriage: a ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman. ---->>>

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

No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy. ---->>>

All socialism involves slavery.

All socialism involves slavery.

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

Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources. ---->>>

Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts - as the one which, more than any other, ministers to the human spirit. ---->>>

Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect. ---->>>

Our lives are universally shortened by our ignorance. ---->>>

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

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.

Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold. ---->>>

A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it. ---->>>

In science the important thing is to modify and change one's ideas as science advances. ---->>>

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

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

Education has for its object the formation of character. ---->>>

Those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded. ---->>>

An argument fatal to the communist theory, is suggested by the fact, that a desire for property is one of the elements of our nature. ---->>>

Divine right of kings means the divine right of anyone who can get uppermost. ---->>>

Old forms of government finally grow so oppressive that they must be thrown off even at the risk of reigns of terror.

Old forms of government finally grow so oppressive that they must be thrown off even at the risk of reigns of terror.

Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity. ---->>>

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 fact disclosed by a survey of the past that majorities have been wrong must not blind us to the complementary fact that majorities have usually not been entirely wrong. ---->>>

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 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.

Government is essentially immoral.

Government is essentially immoral.

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

Volumes might be written upon the impiety of the pious. ---->>>

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

Science is organized knowledge.

Science is organized knowledge.

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: April 27, 1820
Birthplace: Derby, Derbyshire, England
Die: 12-08, 1903
Occupation: Philosopher
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Herbert Spencer (27 April 1820 – 8 December 1903) was an English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era. Spencer developed an all-embracing conception of evolution as the progressive development of the physical world, biological organisms, the human mind, and human culture and societies (wikipedia)