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John Stuart Mill Quotes

(1806-1873), British Philosopher, Economist

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

Category: Belief

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

Category: Bureaucracy

As for charity, it is a matter in which the immediate effect on the persons directly concerned, and the ultimate consequence to the general good, are apt to be at complete war with one another.

Category: Charity

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

Category: Conservatives

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.

Category: Courage

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

Category: Custom

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 justified in silencing mankind.

Category: Dissent

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 moral courage which it contained.

Category: Eccentricity

The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.

Category: Eccentricity

There is one plain rule of life. Try thyself unweariedly till thou findest the highest thing thou art capable of doing, faculties and outward circumstances being both duly considered, and then do it.

Category: Excellence

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

Category: Experience

The most important thing women have to do is to stir up the zeal of women themselves.

Category: Feminism

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.

Category: Freedom

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

Category: Happiness

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

Category: Happiness