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  • There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
    (John Stuart Mill)

  • Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
    (John Stuart Mill)

  • Men might as well be imprisoned, as excluded from the means of earning their bread.
    (John Stuart Mill)

  • All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
    (John Stuart Mill)

  • We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion; and even if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.
    (John Stuart Mill)


  • Language is the light of the mind.
    (John Stuart Mill)

  • The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
    (John Stuart Mill)

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

  • I am not aware that any community has a right to force another to be civilized.
    (John Stuart Mill)

  • All that makes existence valuable to anyone, depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.
    (John Stuart Mill)

  • 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.
    (John Stuart Mill)

  • 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)

  • The perpetual obstacle to human advancement is custom.
    (John Stuart Mill)

  • 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.
    (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)


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