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Herbert Spencer Quotes

(1820-1903), British Philosopher

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

Category: Change

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.

Category: Evolution

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

Category: Fools And Foolishness

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

Category: Happiness

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

Category: Health

There is one principle that can keep a man in everlasting ignorance. That is contempt prior to investigation.

Category: Ignorance

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.

Category: Juries

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

Category: Kings

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.

Category: Law And Lawyers

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

Category: Life And Living

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.

Category: Love

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

Category: Marriage

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.

Category: Republican

Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold.

Category: Risk

Science is organized knowledge.

Category: Science And Scientists