Black and white photo of Herbert Spencer with long, hairy mutton chops and a stern expression

Herbert Spencer

(1820 - 1903)

Six years before Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species appeared, Herbert Spencer coined the phrase “survival of the fittest” in an article that speculated that birth rates would decline as civilization developed and advanced.

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Nature’s rules have no exceptions.

—Herbert Spencer, 1851

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