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John Stuart Mill

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Biography : English philosopher and political economist.
Born: 1806 - Died: 1873
Period:
19th century
Place of birth: United Kingdom
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It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are of a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question. The other party to the comparison knows both sides."
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That principle is, that 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. That 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."
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He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that."
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The usefulness of an opinion is itself matter of opinion."
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Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind."
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The only power deserving the name is that of masses, and of governments while they make themselves the organ of the tendencies and instincts of masses."
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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."
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Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives."
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I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them."
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The dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution is one of the pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes."
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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."
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The individual is not accountable to society for his actions in so far as these concern the interests of no person but himself."
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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."
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Of two pleasures, if there be one which all or almost all who have experience of both give a decided preference, irrespective of any feeling of moral obligation to prefer it, that is the more desirable pleasure."
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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."
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There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home."
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Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth."
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Pleasure and freedom from pain, are the only things desirable as ends."
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The duty of man is the same in respect to his own nature as in respect to the nature of all other things, namely not to follow it but to amend it."
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Life has a certain flavor for those who have fought and risked all that the sheltered and protected can never experience."
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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."
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The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power."
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The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind."
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It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being."
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