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What is contrary to women's nature to do, they never will be made to do by simply giving their nature free play.
—  John Stuart Mill
The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power.
—  John Stuart Mill
Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.
—  John Stuart Mill
Was there ever any domination which did not appear natural to those who possessed it?
—  John Stuart Mill
Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of.
—  John Stuart Mill
Induction is a process of inference; it proceeds from the known to the unknown.
—  John Stuart Mill
The principles which men profess on any controverted subject are usually a very incomplete exponent of the opinions they really hold.
—  John Stuart Mill
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.
—  John Stuart Mill
Men do not want solely the obedience of women, they want their sentiments.
—  John Stuart Mill
It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being.
—  John Stuart Mill
The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.
—  John Stuart Mill
The price paid for intellectual pacification is the sacrifice of the entire moral courage of the human mind.
—  John Stuart Mill
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.
—  John Stuart Mill
Men do not desire to be rich, but to be richer than other men.
—  John Stuart Mill
Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. 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 it contained. That so few dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
—  John Stuart Mill
He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.
—  John Stuart Mill
There is always hope when people are forced to listen to both sides.
—  John Stuart Mill
That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.
—  John Stuart Mill
We have a right, also, in various ways, to act upon our unfavorable opinion of anyone, not to the oppression of his individuality, but in the exercise of ours.
—  John Stuart Mill
All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
—  John Stuart Mill
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
—  John Stuart Mill
Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.
—  John Stuart Mill
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.
—  John Stuart Mill
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.
—  John Stuart Mill
Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.
—  John Stuart Mill
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
—  John Stuart Mill
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.
—  John Stuart Mill
As often as a study is cultivated by narrow minds, they will draw from it narrow conclusions.
—  John Stuart Mill
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
The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection.
—  John Stuart Mill
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
The great creative individual ... is capable of more wisdom and virtue than collective man ever can be.
—  John Stuart 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. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.
—  John Stuart Mill
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.
—  John Stuart Mill

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