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  • The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.
    Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. "State Tamperings with Money and Banks," vol. 3, Essays (1891).

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  • 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 (1820-1903), British philosopher. "The Americans," Essays (1891).

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  • Divine right of kings means the divine right of anyone who can get uppermost.
    Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. Social Statistics, pt. 2, ch. 6, sct. 3 (1850).
  • The more specific idea of evolution now reached is—a change from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity to a definite, coherent heterogeneity, accompanying the dissipation of motion and integration of matter.
    Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. First Principles, vol. 1, pt. 2, ch. 16, para. 138 (1862).

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  • A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it.
    Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. Principles of Biology, pt. 1, ch. 4 (1865).
  • The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.
    Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. Education, ch. 4 (1861).
  • Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom.
    Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. Social Statistics, pt. 4, ch. 30, sect. 6 (1850).

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  • Science is organized knowledge.
    Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. Education, ch. 2 (1861).
  • People are beginning to see that the first requisite to success in life is to be a good animal.
    Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. Education, ch. 2 (1861).

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  • 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 (1820-1903), British philosopher. Social Statics, pt. 4, ch. 30 (1851).

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