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HERBERT SPENCER
English philosopher and founder of synthetic philosophy
(1820 - 1903)
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A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance.
      - [Juries]

A stern discipline pervades all nature, which is a little cruel that it may be very kind.
      - [Discipline]

And when she spake,
  Sweete words, like dropping honey, she did shed;
    And 'twixt the perles and rubies softly brake
      A silver sound, that heavenly musicke seem'd to make.
      - [Eloquence]

Do not try to produce an ideal child, it would find no fitness in this world.
      - [Children]

Education has for its object the formation of character.
      - [Education]

Every cause produces more than one effect.
      - [Cause]

Her words were like a stream of honey fleeting,
  The which doth softly trickle from the hive,
    Able to melt the hearer's heart unweeting,
      And eke to make the dead again alive.
      - [Eloquence]

Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom.
      - [Heroes]

If on one day we find the fast-spreading recognition of popular rights accompanied by a silent, growing perception of the rights of women, we also find it accompanied by a tendency towards a system of non-coercive education--that is, towards a practical illustration of the rights of children.
      - [Right]

In the supremacy of self-control consists one of the perfections of the ideal man.
      - [Self-control]

It is a commonly observed fact that the enslavement of women is invariably associated with a low type of social life, and that, conversely, her elevation towards an equality with man uniformly accompanies progress.
      - [Equality]

It must be admitted that the conception of virtue cannot be separated from the conception of happiness-producing conduct.
      - [Virtue]

Liberty is not the right of one, but of all.
      - [Liberty]

Mother, when your children are irritable, do not make them more so by scolding and fault-finding, but correct their irritability by good nature and mirthfulness. Irritability comes from errors in food, bad air, too little sleep, a necessity for change of scene and surroundings; from confinement in close rooms, and lack of sunshine.
      - [Mothers]

Much dearer be the things which come through hard distress.
      - [Adversity]

Never educate a child to be a gentleman or lady alone, but to be a man, a woman.
      - [Children]

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.
      - [Perfection]

No place, no company, no age, no person is temptation-free; let no man boast that he was never tempted, let him not be high-minded, but fear, for he may be surprised in that very instant wherein he boasteth that he was never tempted at all.
      - [Temptation]

Noiseless falls the foot of time
  That only treads on flowers.
      - [Time]

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

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

Or it needs only to look back over past centuries and the iniquities alike of populace, nobles, kings, and popes to perceive an almost incomprehensible futility of the beliefs everywhere held and perpetually insisted upon.
      - [Belief]

Our lives are universally shortened by our ignorance.
      - [Ignorance]

Surely in much talk there cannot choose but be much vanity. Loquacity is the fistula of the mind,--ever-running and almost incurable, let every man, therefore, be a Phocion or Pythagorean, to speak briefly to the point or not at all; let him labor like them of Crete, to show more wit in his discourse than words, and not to pour out of his mouth a flood of the one, when he can hardly wring out of his brains a drop of the other.
      - [Loquacity]

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


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