52 Total Quotes

John Mill Quotes

John 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.
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#Community

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A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
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#Politicians And Politics

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

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If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be in silencing mankind
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#Contrary

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

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Though the practice of chivalry fell even more sadly short of its theoretic standard than practice generally falls below theory, it remains one of the most precious monuments of the moral history of our race, as a remarkable instance of a concerted and organized attempt by a most disorganized and distracted society, to raise up and carry into practice a moral ideal greatly in advance of its social condition and institutions; so much so as to have been completely frustrated in the main object, yet never entirely inefficacious, and which has left a most sensible, and for the most part a highly valuable impress on the ideas and feelings of all subsequent times.
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#Courage

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

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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.
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#Men

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The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
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#Evil

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The price paid for intellectual pacification is the sacrifice of the entire moral courage of the human mind
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#Courage

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The feeling of a direct responsibility of the individual to God is almost wholly a creation of Protestantism
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#Creation

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What ever crushes individuality is despotism, no matter what name it is called.
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#Individuality

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As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.
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#Injustice

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A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself.
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#Insecurity #Man

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Language is the light of the mind
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#Language

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Life has a certain flavor for those who have fought and risked all that the sheltered and protected can never experience.
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#Advice

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All desirable things... are desirable either for the pleasure inherent in themselves, or as a means to the promotion of pleasure and the prevention of pain.
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#Pleasure

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The great creative individual. . . is capable of more wisdom and virtue than collective man ever can be.
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#Man

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Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
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#Conservatives

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The idea that truth always triumphs over persecution is one of those pleasant falsehoods, which most experience refutes. History is teeming with instances of truth put down by persecution. If not put down forever, it may be set back for centuries.
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#Truth

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All political revolutions, not affected by foreign conquest, originate in moral revolutions. The subversion of established institutions is merely one consequence of the previous subversion of established opinions.
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#Conquest

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The struggle between Liberty and Authority is the most conspicuous feature in the portions of history with which we are earliest familiar; particularly in that of Greece, Rome, and England
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#History

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

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Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called
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#Individuality

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All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
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#Originality

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

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Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.
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#Truth

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