"Those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Herbert Spencer on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Herbert Spencer on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Herbert Spencer on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Herbert Spencer on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Herbert Spencer on Robert Frost
"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."
"The great aim of education is not knowledge but action."
"Education has for its object the formation of character."
"We do not commonly see in a tax a diminution of freedom, and yet it clearly is one."