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 (1806 - 1873)
Source: On Liberty, 1859
Contributed by: Zaady
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
A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
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.
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.
I am not aware that any community has a right to force another to be civilized.
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