English philosopher and political theorist (1820–1903)
Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher, psychologist, biologist, anthropologist, and sociologist famous for his hypothesis of social Darwinism. Spencer originated the expression "survival of the fittest", which he coined in Principles of Biology (1864) after reading Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. The term strongly suggests natural selection, yet Spencer saw evolution as extending into realms of sociology and ethics, so he also supported Lamarckism.
Herbert Spencer Quotes
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.
In science the important thing is to modify and change one's ideas as science advances.
Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom.
The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.
Government is essentially immoral.
Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources.
The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.
When a man's knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confusion.
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.
Science is organized knowledge.