Inspirational Herbert Spencer Quotes

Herbert Spencer (27 April 1820 – 8 December 1903) was an English philosopher and biologist. This post features some Inspirational Herbert Spencer Quotes.

Herbert 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. He was “an enthusiastic exponent of evolution” and even “wrote about evolution before Darwin did.” As a polymath, he contributed to a wide range of subjects, including ethics, religion, anthropology, economics, political theory, philosophy, literature, astronomy, biology, sociology, and psychology.

Spencer is best known for the expression “survival of the fittest”, which he coined in Principles of Biology (1864), after reading Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. This term strongly suggests natural selection, yet as Spencer extended evolution into realms of sociology and ethics, he also made use of Lamarckism.

Herbert Spencer Quotes
Herbert Spencer Quotes

Herbert Spencer Quotes

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.”
― Herbert Spencer

“Every pleasure raises the tide of life; every pain lowers the tide of life.”
― Herbert Spencer

“Science is organized knowledge.”
― Herbert Spencer

“Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold.”
― Herbert Spencer

“Every man is free to do that which he wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man.”
― Herbert Spencer

“The saying that beauty is but skin deep is but a skin-deep saying.”
― Herbert Spencer

“The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.”
― Herbert Spencer

“How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.”
― Herbert Spencer

“The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.”
― Herbert Spencer

“Before he can remake his society, his society must make him.”
― Herbert Spencer

“They who employ force by proxy are as much responsible for that force as though they employed it themselves.”
― Herbert Spencer

“Those who cavalierly reject the Theory of Evolution, as not adequately supported by facts, seem quite to forget that their own theory is supported by no facts at all.”
― Herbert Spencer

“All socialism involves slavery. That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labours under coercion to satisfy another’s desires.”
― Herbert Spencer

“Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.”
Herbert Spencer quotes

“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.”
― Herbert Spencer

“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.”
― Herbert Spencer

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

“Education has for its object the formation of character.”
― Herbert Spencer

“The essential trait in the moral consciousness, is the control of some feeling or feelings by some other feeling or feelings.”
― Herbert Spencer

“This survival of the fittest implies multiplication of the fittest.”
― Herbert Spencer

“Whatever fosters militarism makes for barbarism; whatever fosters peace makes for civilization.”
Herbert Spencer quotes

“We too often forget that not only is there ‘a soul of goodness in things evil,’ but very generally also, a soul of truth in things erroneous.”
― Herbert Spencer

“Every man may claim the fullest liberty to exercise his faculties compatible with the possession of like liberties by every other man.”
― Herbert Spencer

“The truth is, that those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded.”
― Herbert Spencer

“As there must be moderation in other things, so there must be moderation in self-criticism.”
― Herbert Spencer

“If a single cell, under appropriate conditions, becomes a man in the space of a few years, there can surely be no difficulty in understanding how, under appropriate conditions, a cell may, in the course of untold millions of years, give origin to the human race.”
― Herbert Spencer

“The forces which are working out the great scheme of perfect happiness, taking no account of incidental suffering, exterminate such sections of mankind as stand in their way, with the same sternness that they exterminate beasts of prey and herds of useless ruminants.”
― Herbert Spencer

“No man is equal to his book. All the best products of his mental activity go into his book, where they come separated from the mass of inferior products with which they are mingled in his daily talk.”
― Herbert Spencer

“Crime is incurable, save by that gradual process of adaptation to the social state which humanity is undergoing. Crime is the continual breaking out of the old unadapted nature — the index of a character unfitted to its conditions — and only as fast as the unfitness diminishes can crime diminish.”
― Herbert Spencer

“And yet, strange to say, now that the truth [of natural selection] is recognized by most cultivated people…now more than ever, in the history of the world, are they doing all they can to further the survival of the unfittest.”
― Herbert Spencer

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