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An argument fatal to the communist theory,
by Herbert Spencer

An argument fatal to the communist theory,
is suggested by the fact, that a desire for property
is one of the elements of our nature.
- Herbert Spencer

Marriage: A word which should be pronounced "mirage".
- Herbert Spencer

Volumes might be written upon the impiety of the pious.
- 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

 

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.
- Herbert Spencer

The behavior of men to the lower animals,
and their behavior to each other, bear a constant relationship.
- Herbert Spencer

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

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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

Divine right of kings means the divine right of anyone who can get uppermost.
- Herbert Spencer

Every cause produces more than one effect.
- Herbert Spencer

Government is essentially immoral.
- Herbert Spencer

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

A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance.
- Herbert Spencer

Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings,
and not by the intellect.
- 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

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

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

We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced.
- Herbert Spencer

Science is organized knowledge.
- 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

Our lives are universally shortened by our ignorance.
- Herbert Spencer

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

Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained;
most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources.
- Herbert Spencer

Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom.
- Herbert Spencer

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

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly,
is to fill the world with fools.
- Herbert Spencer

Civilization is a progress from an indefinite,
incoherent homogeneity toward a definite,
coherent heterogeneity.
- Herbert Spencer

What a cage is to the wild beast, law is to the selfish man.
- Herbert Spencer

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

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

Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold.
- Herbert Spencer

All socialism involves slavery.
- Herbert Spencer

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.
- Herbert Spencer

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.
- Herbert Spencer

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

How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.
- Herbert Spencer

Education has for its object the formation of character.
- Herbert Spencer

Life is the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations.
- Herbert Spencer

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

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority
is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
- Dale Carnegie

Keep cool; anger is not an argument.
- Daniel Webster

My life is my argument.
- Albert Schweitzer

A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible
as an argument than a whole one.
It carries better.
- Stephen Leacock

If you can not answer a man's argument,
all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.
- Elbert Hubbard

The best argument against democracy is
a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry
always gets the best of the argument.
- Voltaire

I say, If everybody in this house lives where it's God first,
friends and family second and you third,
we won't ever have an argument.
- Jeff Foxworthy

Of course poets have morals and manners of their own,
and custom is no argument with them.
- Thomas Hardy

The most powerful argument of all for saving open space is economics;
in most states,
tourism is the number two industry.
- Jim Fowler

People's minds are changed through observation and not through argument.
- Will Rogers

A flourishing, morally credible media is a vital component
in the maintenance of genuinely public talk,
argument about common good.
- Rowan D. Williams

The difficult part in an argument is not to defend
one's opinion but rather to know it.
- Andre Maurois

Argument is conclusive, but it does not remove doubt,
so that the mind may rest in the sure knowledge of the truth,
unless it finds it by the method of experiment.
- Roger Bacon

Never get into an argument with a schizophrenic person and say,
"Who do you think you are?"
- Ray Combs

George W. Bush bought the election - period.
End of story.
There is no argument.
You can try to come up with any argument you can,
but there is none.
- Gary Coleman

The more a race is governed by its passions,
the less it has acquired the habit of cautious and reasoned argument,
the more intense will be its love of music.
- Stendhal

When you have no basis for an argument,
abuse the plaintiff.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
- Samuel Butler

History is full of really good stories.
That's the main reason I got into this racket:
I want to make the argument that history is interesting.
- Sarah Vowell

First of all, you can make the argument that there's
no such thing as the past.
Nobody lived in the past.
- David McCullough

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable.
The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
- James Russell Lowell

That God cannot lie, is no advantage to your argument,
because it is no proof that priests can not,
or that the Bible does not.
- Thomas Paine

My argument is that War makes rattling good history;
but Peace is poor reading.
- Thomas Hardy

There was a very convincing argument made that the
extremists have won and the aggression is now supported by the majority,
therefore fighting until surrender was the only alternative.
- Joichi Ito

The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant.
Every table had an argument going.
- George Carlin

The argument between wives and whores is an old one;
each one thinking that whatever she is,
at least she is not the other.
- Andrea Dworkin

The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.
- Edward W. Howe


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