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
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary 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.
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.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
Men do not want solely the obedience of women, they want their sentiments.
As often as a study is cultivated by narrow minds, they will draw from it narrow conclusions.
Source: Auguste Comte and Positivism
I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.
When the land is cultivated entirely by the spade and no horses are kept, a cow is kept for every three acres of land.
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