John Stuart Mill

1806 - 1873

A Quote by John Stuart Mill on adoption, experience, and ridicule

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

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on accidents, chaos, discipline, knowledge, and unity

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 (1806 - 1873)

Source: Mill, 1879, p. 344

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on change, constitution, mankind, and thought

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 (1806 - 1873)

Source: Autobiography

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on popularity and truth

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

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Source: On Liberty, 1859

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on experience, men, persecution, and truth

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 (1806 - 1873)

Source: On Liberty, 1859

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on character, courage, danger, genius, order, people, society, strength, time, and tyranny

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 (1806 - 1873)

Source: On Liberty, 1859

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on evil

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We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Source: On Liberty, 1859

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on mankind, mediocrity, power, and world

The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on men, obedience, and women

Men do not want solely the obedience of women, they want their sentiments.

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on study

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As often as a study is cultivated by narrow minds, they will draw from it narrow conclusions.

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Source: Auguste Comte and Positivism

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