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HERBERT SPENCER
English philosopher and founder of synthetic philosophy
(1820 - 1903)
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The child takes most of his nature of the mother, besides speech, manners, and inclination.
      - [Mothers]

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.
      - [Majority]

The morrow, fair with purple beams, dispersed the shadows of the misty night.
      - [Morning]

There is a story of some mountains of salt in Cumana, which never diminished, though carried away in much abundance by merchants; but when once they were monopolized to the benefit of a private purse, then the salt decreased; till afterward all were allowed to take of it, when it had a new access and increase. The truth of this story may be uncertain, but the application is true; he that envies others the use of his gifts decays then, but he thrives most that is most diffusive.
      - [Generosity]

Volumes might be written upon the impiety of the pious.
      - [Piety]

We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced.
      - [Prejudice]

We have unmistakable proof that throughout all past time, there has been a ceaseless devouring of the weak by the strong.
      - [Conquest]

What a cage is to the wild beast, law is to the selfish man.
      - [Law]

Science is organised knowledge.
      - Education (ch. II) [Science]

We too often forget that not only is there a "soul of goodness in things evil," but very generally a soul of truth in things erroneous.
      - First Principles [Evil]

Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.
      - First Principles (ch. XVI, par. 138)
        [Evolution]

This survival of the fittest, which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called "natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life."
      - Principles of Biology--Indirect Equilibration
        [Evolution]

Rightness expresses of actions, what straightness does of lines;
  and there can no more be two kinds of right action than there can
    be two kinds of straight line.
      - Social Statics (ch. XXXII, par. 4)
        [Action]

Every unpunished delinquency has a family of delinquencies.
      - Sociology [Results]


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