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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Herbert Spencer. (1820–1903)
 
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      We too often forget that not only is there “a soul of goodness in things evil,” 1 but very generally a soul of truth in things erroneous.
          First Principles.
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      The fact disclosed by a survey of the past that majorities have been wrong must not blind us to the complementary fact that majorities have usually not been entirely wrong.
          First Principles.
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      Volumes might be written upon the impiety of the pious.
          First Principles.
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      We have unmistakable proof that throughout all past time, there has been a ceaseless devouring of the weak by the strong.
          First Principles.
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      Survival of the fittest.
          First Principles.
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      With a higher moral nature will come a restriction on the multiplication of the inferior.
          First Principles.
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      Evil perpetually tends to disappear. 2 
          The Evanescence of Evil.
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      Morality knows nothing of geographical boundaries or distinctions of race.
          The Evanescence of Evil.
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      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.
          The Evanescence of Evil.
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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.
          The Americans.
 
Note 1.
Shakespeare: Henry V, act iv. sc. i.
There is some soul of goodness in things evil
Would men observingly distil it out. [back]
Note 2.
Walt Whitman: Roaming in Thought. [back]
 

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