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

Herbert Spencer in Wise, Man, Past

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

Herbert Spencer

We do not commonly see in a tax a diminution of freedom, and yet it clearly is one.

Herbert Spencer

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.

Herbert Spencer

Society exists for the benefit of its members, not the members for the benefit of society.

Herbert Spencer

Those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded.

Herbert Spencer

People are beginning to see that the first requisite to success in life is to be a good animal.

Herbert Spencer

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

Herbert Spencer

All socialism involves slavery.

Herbert Spencer

Government is essentially immoral.

Herbert Spencer

Marriage: A word which should be pronounced 'mirage'.

Herbert Spencer

Marriage: a ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman.

Herbert Spencer

The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.

Herbert Spencer

When a man's knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confusion.

Herbert Spencer

Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts - as the one which, more than any other, ministers to the human spirit.

Herbert Spencer

In science the important thing is to modify and change one's ideas as science advances.

Herbert Spencer