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John Stuart Mill Quotes
Brief author info: John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) English philosopher and economist.
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Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.
A person should be free to do as he likes in his own concerns; but he ought not to be free to do as he likes in acting for another, under the pretext that the affairs of the other are his own affairs.
Genius can only breathe freely in an atmosphere of freedom.
The concessions of the privileged to the unprivileged are seldom brought about by any better motive than the power of the unprivileged to extort them.
Customs are made for customary circumstances, and customary characters.
He who does anything because it is the custom, makes no choice.
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 which it contained.
Human nature is not a machine to be built after a model, and set to do exactly the work prescribed for it, but a tree, which requires to grow and develop itself on all sides, according to the tendency of the inward forces which make it a living thing.
The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited: he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.
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.
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