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Herbert Spencer
1820 - 1903

British moral philosopher. Spencer advocated individualism and liberalism in economic and political practice. Critics say he was not rigorous in his philosophy, ignoring fundamental philosophical problems as he postulated that good came from pleasure and contradicting himself in the process. His best known work is Social Statics: The Conditions Essential to Human Happiness Specified, and the First of Them Developed (1851).

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

1891 - from Essays, "State Tamperings with Money and Banks", quoted in The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations
So long as selfishness makes government needful at all, it must make every government corrupt, save one in which all men are represented.

When a man's knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has, the greater will be his confusion.

There seems to be no getting people to accept the truth, which is yet conspicuous enough, that the welfare of a society and the justice of its arrangements are at bottom dependent upon the character of its members; and that improvement in neither can take place without improvement in character.