John Stuart Mill Quotes (36 quotations)

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1. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. - John Stuart Mill

2. A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life. - John Stuart Mill

3. A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. - John Stuart Mill

4. All good things which exist are the fruits of originality. - John Stuart Mill

5. Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. - John Stuart Mill

6. Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. - John Stuart Mill

7. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and courage which it contained. - John Stuart Mill

8. Everyone who receives the protection of society owes a return for the benefit. - John Stuart Mill

9. He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any other faculty than the ape-like one of imitation. He who chooses his plan for himself, employs all his faculties. He must use observation to see, reasoning and judgment to foresee, activity to gather materials for decision, discrimination to decide, and when he has decided, firmness and self-control to hold to his deliberate decision. - John Stuart Mill

10. I am not aware that any community has a right to force another to be civilized. - John Stuart Mill

11. I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them. - John Stuart Mill

12. If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. - John Stuart Mill

13. If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one - if he had the power - would be justified in silencing mankind. - John Stuart Mill

14. Indeed the dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution, is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into common places, but which all experience refutes. - John Stuart Mill

15. It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being. - John Stuart Mill

16. No one can be a great thinker who does not recognize that as a thinker it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusions it may lead. Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study, and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think. - John Stuart Mill

17. One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests. - John Stuart Mill

18. Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of. - John Stuart Mill

19. Over one mind and over ones body the individual is sovereign. - John Stuart Mill

20. Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth. - John Stuart Mill

21. The dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution is one of the pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes. - John Stuart Mill

22. The individual is not accountable to society for his actions in so far as these concern the interests of no person but himself. - John Stuart Mill

23. The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people. - John Stuart Mill

24. The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power. - John Stuart Mill

25. The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest. - John Stuart Mill

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