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John Stuart Mill Quotes

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A person may cause evil to others not only by his action but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.

~ John Stuart Mill

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.

~ John Stuart Mill

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.

~ John Stuart Mill

The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.

~ John Stuart Mill

Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has 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

No slave is a slave to the same lengths, and in so full a sense of the word, as a wife is.

~ John Stuart Mill

Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.

~ John Stuart Mill

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.

~ John Stuart Mill

The worth of the state, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals composing it.

~ John Stuart Mill

That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.

~ John Stuart Mill

But society has now fairly got the better of individuality; and the danger which threatens human nature is not the excess, but the deficiency, of personal Impulses and preferences.

~ John Stuart Mill

The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement.

~ John Stuart Mill
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