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Quotations by author » John Stuart Mill
English exponent of Utilitarianism, ethical theorist, Philosopher, Economist and Logician. 1806-1873
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A great statesman is he who knows when to depart from traditions, as well as when to adhere to them
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A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself.
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A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
PoliticsStability
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.
Evil
A person may suffer very severe penalties at the hands of others, for faults which directly concern only himself.
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A philosopher is there to disturb the indolence of the mind
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A state which dwarfs its men, in order that they may be more docile instruments in its hands, even for beneficial purposes, will find that with small men no great thing can really be accomplished
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Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure and the absence of pain.
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All action is for the sake of some end; and rules of action, it seems natural to suppose, must take their whole character and color from the end to which they are subservient.
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All desirable things... are desirable either for the pleasure inherent in themselves, or as a means to the promotion of pleasure and the prevention of pain.
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All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
Originality
All political revolutions, not affected by foreign conquest, originate in moral revolutions. The subversion of established institutions is merely one consequence of the previous subversion of established opinions.
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All that makes existence valuable to any one depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.
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Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
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Among the works of man, which human life is rightly employed in perfecting, the first in importance surely is man himself
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As for charity, it is a matter in which the immediate effect on the persons directly concerned, and the ultimate consequence to the general good, are apt to be at complete war with one another.
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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.
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Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so
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But society has now fairly got the better of individuality; and the danger which threatens human nature is not the excess, but the deficiency, of personal impulses and preferences
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Complete moral tolerance is possible only when men have become completely indifferent to each other that is to say, when society is at an end.
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