Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, and sociologist who is well known for his social Darwinism hypothesis, which claims that superior physical force drives history.

After reading Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Spencer created the phrase “survival of the fittest,” which he first used in Principles of Biology (1864).

Although the word implies natural selection, Spencer regarded evolution as expanding into areas like as sociology and ethics, thus he backed Lamarckism.

We have made a list of the best quotes from Herbert Spencer for you.


Best Herbert Spencer Quotes

1. “The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

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2. “Time is that which a man is always trying to kill, but which ends in killing him.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

3. “Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

4. “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

5. “This survival of the fittest implies multiplication of the fittest.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

6. “The pursuit of individual happiness within those limits prescribed by social conditions, is the first requisite to the attainment of the greatest general happiness.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

7. “Morality knows nothing of geographical boundaries, or distinctions of race.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

8. “During human progress, every science is evolved out of its corresponding art.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

9. “To play billiards well was a sign of an ill-spent youth.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

10. “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).

11. “Society exists for the benefit of its members – not the members for the benefit of society.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

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12. “What a cage is to the wild beast, law is to the selfish man.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

13. “Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

14. “The defects of the children mirror the defects of the parents.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

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15. “A function to each organ, and each organ to its own function, is the law of all organization.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

16. “Life is the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

17. “How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

18. “Science is organized knowledge.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

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

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20. “Education is preparation to live completely.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

21. “Mental power cannot be got from ill-fed brains.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

22. “Government is essentially immoral.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

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23. “Evil perpetually tends to disappear.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

24. “Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

25. “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).

26. “If they are sufficiently complete to live, they do live, and it is well they should live. If they are not sufficiently complete to live, they die, and it is best they should die.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

27. “The poverty of the incapable, the distresses that come upon the imprudent, the starvation of the idle, and those shoulderings aside of the weak by the strong, which leave so many “in shallows and in miseries,” are the decrees of a large, far-seeing benevolence.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

28. “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).

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29. “Religion is the recognition that all things are manifestations of a Power which transcends our knowledge.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

30. “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.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

31. “Reading is seeing by proxy.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

32. “We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

33. “Civilization is a progress from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity toward a definite, coherent heterogeneity.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

34. “Music ministers to human welfare more than any other art.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

35. “Only when Genius is married to Science can the highest results be produced.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

36. “Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

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37. “The tyrant is nothing but a slave turned inside out.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

38. “Education has for its object the formation of character.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

39. “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).

40. “The universal basis of cooperation is the proportioning of benefits received to services rendered.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

41. “Education has for its object to develop the child into a man of well proportioned and harmonious nature-this is alike the aim of parent and teacher.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

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

43. “Absolute morality is the regulation of conduct in such a way that pain shall not be inflicted.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

44. “The white light of truth, in traversing the many sided transparent soul of the poet, is refracted into iris-hued poetry.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

45. “People are beginning to see that the first requisite to success in life is to be a good animal.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

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

47. “Life is not for learning nor is life for working, but learning and working are for life.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

48. “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 lines.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

49. “We have unmistakable proof that throughout all past time, there has been a ceaseless devouring of the weak by the strong.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).

50. “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.” ~ (Herbert Spencer).


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