Herbert Spencer Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old herbert spencer quotes, herbert spencer sayings, and herbert spencer proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Herbert Spencer

That feelings of love and hate make rational judgments impossible in public affairs, as in private affairs, we can clearly enough see in others, though not so clearly in ourselves.     

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

Evolution is a change from an indefinite, incoherent, homogeneity to a definite, coherent, heterogeneity, through continuous differentiations and integrations.     

Herbert Spencer

Morality knows nothing of geographical boundaries, or distinctions of race.     

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 great aim of education is not knowledge but action.     

Herbert Spencer

A man's liberties are none the less aggressed upon because those who coerce him do so in the belief that he will be benefited.     

Herbert Spencer

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

Herbert Spencer

There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all argument and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance. This principle is contempt prior to examination.     

Herbert Spencer

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

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

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

Herbert Spencer

All socialism involves slavery. That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labours under coercion to satisfy anothers desires.     

Herbert Spencer

Agnostics are people who, like myself, confess themselves to be hopelessly ignorant concerning a variety of matters, about which metaphysicians and theologians, both orthodox and heterodox, dogmatize with the utmost confidence.     

Herbert Spencer

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.     

Herbert Spencer

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

Herbert Spencer

Every pleasure raises the tide of life; every pain lowers the tide of life.     

Herbert Spencer

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

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

Much dearer be the things which come through hard distress.     

Herbert Spencer

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

Herbert Spencer

How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.     

Herbert Spencer