Herbert Spencer Quotes

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

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

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

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Government is essentially immoral.

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A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance.

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

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

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How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.

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

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

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

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Time That which man is always trying to kill, but which ends in killing him.

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

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Life is the continuous adjustment of external relations.

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

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