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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
Society exists for the benefit of its members, not the members for the benefit of society.
—  Herbert Spencer
It was remarked to me by the late Mr. Charles Roupell ... that to play billiards well was a sign of an ill-spent youth.
—  Herbert Spencer
The most important attribute of man as a moral being is the faculty of self-control.
—  Herbert Spencer
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.
—  Herbert Spencer
Time: That which man is always trying to kill, but which ends in killing him.
—  Herbert Spencer
A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it.
—  Herbert Spencer
Absolute morality is the regulation of conduct in such a way that pain shall not be inflicted.
—  Herbert Spencer
We do not commonly see in a tax a diminution of freedom, and yet it clearly is one.
—  Herbert Spencer
Progress is not an accident, not a thing within human control, but a beneficent necessity ... due to the working of a universal law. So surely must the things we call evil and immorality disappear; so surely must man become perfect.
—  Herbert Spencer
To play billiards well is a sign of an ill-spent youth.
—  Herbert Spencer

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