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John Stuart Mill Quotes: "Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative."

Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.




John Stuart Mill Quotes: "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse."

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.




John Stuart Mill Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "To tax the larger incomes at a higher percentage than the smaller, is to lay a tax on industry and economy; to impose a penalty on people for having worked harder and saved more than their neighbors."

To tax the larger incomes at a higher percentage than the smaller, is to lay a tax on industry and economy; to impose a penalty on people for having worked harder and saved more than their neighbors.




John Stuart Mill Quotes: "One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests."

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



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "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."

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.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of."

Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of.




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

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "Liberty lies in the rights of that person whose views you find most odious."

Liberty lies in the rights of that person whose views you find most odious.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "The worth of the state, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals composing it."

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



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "A state which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes--will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished."

A state which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands even for beneficial purposes--will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still."

We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.




John Stuart Mill Quotes: "How can great minds be produced in a country where the test of great minds is agreeing in the opinion of small minds?"

How can great minds be produced in a country where the test of great minds is agreeing in the opinion of small minds?



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "The object of universities is not to make skillful lawyers, physicians or engineers. It is to make capable and cultivated human beings"

The object of universities is not to make skillful lawyers, physicians or engineers. It is to make capable and cultivated human beings



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do."

The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "When the land is cultivated entirely by the spade and no horses are kept, a cow is kept for every three acres of land."

When the land is cultivated entirely by the spade and no horses are kept, a cow is kept for every three acres of land.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure and the absence of pain."

Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure and the absence of pain.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "Whatever crushes individuality is despotism."

Whatever crushes individuality is despotism.



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

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



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "All good things which exist are the fruits of originality."

All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.



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

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



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak."

It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind."

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



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so."

Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs."

What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing."

Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "The spirit of improvement is not always a spirit of liberty, for it may aim at forcing improvements on an unwilling people."

The spirit of improvement is not always a spirit of liberty, for it may aim at forcing improvements on an unwilling people.



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

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 Quotes: "Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption."

Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "Liberty consists in doing what one desires."

Liberty consists in doing what one desires.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "In the long-run, the best proof of a good character is good actions."

In the long-run, the best proof of a good character is good actions.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "When one's ideas are not challenged, one's ability to defend them weakens."

When one's ideas are not challenged, one's ability to defend them weakens.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "All silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility."

All silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "The moral influence of woman over man is almost always salutary."

The moral influence of woman over man is almost always salutary.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement."

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



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny."

In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "Since the state must necessarily provide subsistence for the criminal poor while undergoing punishment, not to do the same for the poor who have not offended is to give a premium on crime."

Since the state must necessarily provide subsistence for the criminal poor while undergoing punishment, not to do the same for the poor who have not offended is to give a premium on crime.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time."

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



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "The ne plus ultra of wickedness ... is embodied in what is commonly presented to mankind as the creed of Christianity."

The ne plus ultra of wickedness ... is embodied in what is commonly presented to mankind as the creed of Christianity.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "He who lets the world choose his plan of life for him has need of no other faculty than that of ape-like imitation."

He who lets the world choose his plan of life for him has need of no other faculty than that of ape-like imitation.



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

The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home."

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.



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

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 Quotes: "The disease which inflicts bureaucracy and what they usually die from is routine."

The disease which inflicts bureaucracy and what they usually die from is routine.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "The world would be astonished if it knew how great a proportion of its brightest ornaments, of those distinguished even in popular estimation for wisdom and virtue, are complete sceptics in religion."

The world would be astonished if it knew how great a proportion of its brightest ornaments, of those distinguished even in popular estimation for wisdom and virtue, are complete sceptics in religion.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "Those only are happy (I thought) who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness."

Those only are happy (I thought) who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "... the besetting danger is not so much of embracing falsehood for truth, as of mistaking a part of the truth for the whole."

... the besetting danger is not so much of embracing falsehood for truth, as of mistaking a part of the truth for the whole.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "The reasons for legal intervention in favour of children apply not less strongly to the case of those unfortunate slaves and victims of the most brutal part of mankind - the lower animals."

The reasons for legal intervention in favour of children apply not less strongly to the case of those unfortunate slaves and victims of the most brutal part of mankind - the lower animals.



John Stuart Mill Quotes: "Solitude in the presence of natural beauty and grandeur is the cradle of thought and aspirations which are not only good for the individual, but which society can ill do without."

Solitude in the presence of natural beauty and grandeur is the cradle of thought and aspirations which are not only good for the individual, but which society can ill do without.