36 John Stuart Mill Quotes about Liberty, Happiness and Life:


1. “Persons of genius, it is true, are, and are always likely to be, a small minority; but in order to have them, it is necessary to preserve the soil in which they grow.” — JOHN STUART MILL


2. “One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.” — JOHN STUART MILL

3. “All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.” — JOHN STUART MILL

4. “He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any other faculty than the ape-like one of imitation. He who chooses his plan for himself, employs all his faculties. He must use observation to see, reasoning and judgment to foresee, activity to gather materials for decision, discrimination to decide, and when he has decided, firmness and self-control to hold to his deliberate decision.” — JOHN STUART MILL


5. “A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.” — JOHN STUART MILL


6. “To mistake money for wealth, is the same sort of error as to mistake the highway which may be the easiest way of getting to your house or lands, for the house and lands themselves.” — JOHN STUART MILL


7. “If all mankind minus one were of one 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.” — JOHN STUART MILL


8. “Liberty lies in the rights of that person whose views you find most odious.” — JOHN STUART MILL



9. “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 sufficient warrant.” — JOHN STUART MILL


10. “The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.” — JOHN STUART MILL


11. “Even despotism does not produce its worst effects, so long as individuality exists under it; and 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


12. “The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.” — JOHN STUART MILL


13. “As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.” — JOHN STUART MILL


14. “The only part of the conduct of anyone for which he is amenable to society is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.” — JOHN STUART MILL


15. “Whatever helps to shape the human being – to make the individual what he is, or hinder him from being what he is not – is part of his education.” — JOHN STUART MILL


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16. “Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way.” — JOHN STUART MILL


17. “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 now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.” — JOHN STUART MILL


18. “Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.” — JOHN STUART MILL


19. “It is not because men’s desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.” — JOHN STUART MILL


20. “What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.” — JOHN STUART MILL


21. “The strongest of all arguments against the interference of the public with purely personal conduct, is that when it does interfere, the odds are that it interferes wrongly, and in the wrong place.” — JOHN STUART MILL


22. “Everyone who receives the protection of society owes a return for the benefit.” — JOHN STUART MILL



23. “The worth of the state, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals composing it.” — JOHN STUART MILL


24. “The object of universities is not to make skillful lawyers, physicians or engineers. It is to make capable and cultivated human beings.” — JOHN STUART MILL


25. “The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.” — JOHN STUART MILL


26. “Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of.” — JOHN STUART MILL


27. “How can great minds be produced in a country where the test of great minds is agreeing in the opinion of small minds?” — JOHN STUART MILL


28. “Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think.” — JOHN STUART MILL


29. “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free unless made or kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” — JOHN STUART MILL


30. “In all the more advanced communities the great majority of things are worse done by the intervention of government than the individuals most interested in the matter would do them, or cause them to be done, if left to themselves.” — JOHN STUART MILL


31. “I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.” — JOHN STUART MILL


32. “There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.” — JOHN STUART MILL


33. “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


34. “The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.” — JOHN STUART MILL


35. “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.” — JOHN STUART MILL


36. “Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.” — JOHN STUART MILL


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