Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)

IN a discussion which took place at a reception at G. H. Lewes's, somebody asserted that everyone had written a tragedy. Lewes agreed with the statement, saying,

`Yes, everyone—even Herbert Spencer.'—' Ah,' interposed Huxley, `I know what the catastrophe would be — an induction killed by a fact.'

From Walter Jerrold, A Book of Famous Wits (1912), p. 320.

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