Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on May 16, 2014

in Politics

… is from pages 173-174 of the 1981 Liberty Fund edition of Herbert Spencer’s brilliant 1884 volume, The Man Versus the State:

In the first place an ideal, far in advance of practicability though it may be, is always needful for right guidance.  If, amid all those compromises which the circumstances of the times necessitates, or are thought to necessitate, there exist no true conceptions of better and worse in social organizations – if nothing beyond the exigencies of the moment are attended to, and the proximately best is habitually identified with the ultimately best; there cannot be any true progress.  However distant may be the goal, and however often intervening obstacles may necessitate deviation in our course towards it, it is obviously requisite to know where-abouts it lies.

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