There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
Men might as well be imprisoned, as excluded from the means of earning their bread.
All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
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.
Language is the light of the mind.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
I am not aware that any community has a right to force another to be civilized.
All that makes existence valuable to anyone, depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.
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.
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.
The perpetual obstacle to human advancement is custom.
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.
No slave is a slave to the same lengths, and in so full a sense of the word, as a wife is.
He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.
They who know how to employ opportunities will often find that they can create them and what we can achieve depends less on the amount of time we possess than on the use we make of our time.
Pleasure and freedom from pain, are the only things desirable as ends.
No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible, until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought.
Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had 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.
The tendency has always been strong to believe that whatever received a name must be an entity or being, having an independent existence of its own. And if no real entity answering to the name could be found, men did not for that reason suppose that none existed, but imagined that it was something peculiarly abstruse and mysterious.
The principles which men profess on any controverted subject are usually a very incomplete exponent of the opinions they really hold.
The great creative individual ... is capable of more wisdom and virtue than collective man ever can be.
The guesses which serve to give mental unity and wholeness to a chaos of scattered particulars, are accidents which rarely occur to any minds but those abounding in knowledge and disciplined in intellectual combinations.
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.
The price paid for intellectual pacification is the sacrifice of the entire moral courage of the human mind.
When the land is cultivated entirely by the spade and no horses are kept, a cow is kept for every three acres of land.
Men are men before they are lawyers, or physicians, or merchants, or manufacturers and if you make them capable and sensible men, they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers or physicians.
It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being.
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.
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