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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
Herbert Spencer
  Do not try to produce an ideal child, it would find no fitness in this world.  1
  If on one day we find the fast-spreading recognition of popular rights accompanied by a silent, growing perception of the rights of women, we also find it accompanied by a tendency towards a system of non-coercive education—that is, towards a practical illustration of the rights of children.  2
  In the supremacy of self-control consists one of the perfections of the ideal man.  3
  It is a commonly observed fact that the enslavement of women is invariably associated with a low type of social life, and that, conversely, her elevation towards an equality with man uniformly accompanies progress.  4
  It must be admitted that the conception of virtue cannot be separated from the conception of happiness-producing conduct.  5
  Liberty is not the right of one, but of all.  6
  Mother, when your children are irritable, do not make them more so by scolding and fault-finding, but correct their irritability by good nature and mirthfulness. Irritability comes from errors in food, bad air, too little sleep, a necessity for change of scene and surroundings; from confinement in close rooms, and lack of sunshine.  7
  Never educate a child to be a gentleman or lady alone, but to be a man, a woman.  8
  Rightness expresses of actions what straightness does of lines; and there can no more be two kinds of right action than there can be two kinds of straight lines.  9
  The child takes most of his nature of the mother, besides speech, manners, and inclination.  10
  This survival of the fittest, which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called “natural selection, or the preservation of favored races in the struggle for life.”  11
  What a cage is to the wild beast, law is to the selfish man. Restraint is for the savage, the rapacious, the violent; not for the just, the gentle, the benevolent. All necessity for external force implies a morbid state. Dungeons for the felon, a straightjacket for the maniac, crutches for the lame, stays for the weak-backed; for the infirm of purpose, a master; for the foolish, a guide; but for the sound mind in a sound body, none of these.  12

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