Herbert Spencer Quotes

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people-are-beginning-to-see-that-the-first-requisite-to-success-in-life-is-to-be-a-good-animal
marriage-a-ceremony-in-which-rings-are-put-on-the-finger-of-the-lady-and-through-the-nose-of-the-gentleman
marriage-a-word-which-should-be-pronounced-mirage
in-science-the-important-thing-is-to-modify-and-change-ones-ideas-as-science-advances
the-great-aim-of-education-is-not-knowledge-but-action
heroworship-is-strongest-where-there-is-least-regard-for-human-freedom
the-wise-man-must-remember-that-while-he-is-a-descendant-of-the-past-he-is-a-parent-of-the-future
the-preservation-of-health-is-a-duty-few-seem-conscious-that-there-is-such-a-thing-as-physical-morality
science-is-organized-knowledge
music-must-take-rank-as-the-highest-of-the-fine-arts-as-the-one-which-more-than-any-other-ministers-to-the-human-spirit
those-who-have-never-entered-upon-scientific-pursuits-know-not-a-tithe-of-the-poetry-by-which-they-are-surrounded
society-exists-for-the-benefit-of-its-members-not-the-members-for-the-benefit-of-society
our-lives-are-universally-shortened-by-our-ignorance
we-all-decry-prejudice-yet-are-all-prejudiced
how-often-misused-words-generate-misleading-thoughts
time-that-which-man-is-always-trying-to-kill-but-which-ends-in-killing-him
volumes-might-be-written-upon-the-impiety-of-the-pious
all-socialism-involves-slavery
the-white-light-truth-in-traversing-many-sided-transparent-soul-poet-is-refracted-into-irishued-poetry-herbert-spencer
of-all-knowledge-that-most-worth-having-is-knowledge-about-health-the-first-requisite-good-life-is-to-be-healthy-person-herbert-spencer
without-painting-sculpture-music-poetry-emotions-produced-by-natural-beauty-every-kind-life-would-lose-half-its-charm-herbert-spencer
a-stern-discipline-pervades-all-nature-which-is-little-cruel-that-it-may-be-kind-herbert-spencer
life-is-continuous-adjustment-internal-relations-to-external-relations-herbert-spencer
life-is-not-for-learning-nor-is-life-for-working-but-learning-working-are-for-life-herbert-spencer
the-most-important-attribute-man-as-moral-being-is-faculty-selfcontrol-herbert-spencer
be-bold-be-bold-everywhere-be-bold-herbert-spencer
[L]et us not overlook the further great fact, that not only does science underlie sculpture, painting, music, poetry, but that science is itself poetic. The current opinion that science and poetry are opposed is a delusion... On the contrary science opens up realms of poetry where to the unscientific all is a blank. Those engaged in scientific researches constantly show us that they realize not less vividly, but more vividly, than others, the poetry of their subjects. Whoever will dip into Hugh Miller's works on geology, or read Mr. Lewes's 'Seaside Studies,' will perceive that science excites poetry rather than extinguishes it. And whoever will contemplate the life of Goethe will see that the poet and the man of science can co-exist in equal activity. Is it not, indeed, an absurd and almost a sacrilegious belief that the more a man studies Nature the less he reveres it? Think you that a drop of water, which to the vulgar eye is but a drop of water, loses anything in the eye of the physicist who knows that its elements are held together by a force which, if suddenly liberated, would produce a flash of lightning? Think you that what is carelessly looked upon by the uninitiated as a mere snow-flake, does not suggest higher associations to one who has seen through a microscope the wondrously varied and elegant forms of snow-crystals? Think you that the rounded rock marked with parallel scratches calls up as much poetry in an ignorant mind as in the mind of a geologist, who knows that over this rock a glacier slid a million years ago? The truth is, that those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded. Whoever has not in youth collected plants and insects, knows not half the halo of interest which lanes and hedge-rows can assume. Whoever has not sought for fossils, has little idea of the poetical associations that surround the places where imbedded treasures were found. Whoever at the seaside has not had a microscope and aquarium, has yet to learn what the highest pleasures of the seaside are. Sad, indeed, is it to see how men occupy themselves with trivialities, and are indifferent to the grandest phenomena-care not to understand the architecture of the universe, but are deeply interested in some contemptible controversy about the intrigues of Mary Queen of Scots!-are learnedly critical over a Greek ode, and pass by without a glance that grand epic... upon the strata of the Earth!

Herbert Spencer
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love-is-lifes-end-but-never-ending-love-is-lifes-wealth-never-spent-but-ever-spending-loves-lifes-reward-rewarded-in-rewarding-herbert-spencer
we-too-often-forget-that-not-only-is-there-soul-goodness-in-things-evil-but-generally-also-soul-truth-in-things-erroneous-herbert-spencer
they-who-employ-force-by-proxy-are-as-much-responsible-for-that-force-as-though-they-employed-it-themselves-herbert-spencer
objects-we-ardently-pursue-bring-little-happiness-when-gained-most-our-pleasures-come-from-unexpected-sources-herbert-spencer
there-is-no-origin-for-idea-afterlife-save-conclusion-which-savage-draws-from-notion-suggested-by-dreams-herbert-spencer
mental-power-cannot-be-got-from-illfed-brains-herbert-spencer
absolute-morality-is-regulation-conduct-in-such-way-that-pain-shall-not-be-inflicted-herbert-spencer
every-pleasure-raises-tide-life-every-pain-lowers-tide-life-herbert-spencer
the-creed-christendom-is-alien-to-my-nature-both-emotional-intellectual-herbert-spencer
policeman-are-soldiers-who-act-alone-soldiers-are-policeman-who-act-in-unison-herbert-spencer
the-essential-trait-in-moral-consciousness-is-control-some-feeling-feelings-by-some-other-feeling-feelings-herbert-spencer
progress-therefore-is-not-accident-but-necessity-it-is-part-nature-herbert-spencer
what-cage-is-to-wild-beast-law-is-to-selfish-man-herbert-spencer
music-ministers-to-human-welfare-more-than-any-other-art-herbert-spencer
the-universal-basis-cooperation-is-proportioning-benefits-received-to-services-rendered-herbert-spencer
marriage-a-word-which-should-be-pronounced-mirage-herbert-spencer
reading-is-seeing-by-proxy-herbert-spencer
opinion-is-ultimately-determined-by-feelings-not-by-intellect-herbert-spencer
a-nations-institutions-beliefs-are-determined-by-its-character-herbert-spencer
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