John Stuart Mill

1806 - 1873

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 men and principles

The principles which men profess on any controverted subject are usually a very incomplete exponent of the opinions they really hold.

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Source: On Liberty, 1859

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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

Induction is a process of inference; it proceeds from the known to the unknown.

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on day and inventions

It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being.

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on existence and laws

Laws and systems of polity always begin by recognizing the relations they find already existing between individuals.

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on individuality, liberty, and people

The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Source: On Liberty, 1859

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