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Biography - John Stuart Mill:

English philosopher and political economist.
Born: 1806 - Died: 1873
Period:
19th century
Place of birth: United Kingdom
United Kingdom

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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I have decided to be happy because it's good for my health.
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A happy life, therefore, is one which is in accordance with its own nature.
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To be happy, we must consider the happiness of another.
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Happiness is sometimes hidden in the unknown.
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Create all the happiness you are able to create: remove all the misery you are able to remove.
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Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
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Quotes for: pleasure


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Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
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Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure.
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If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.
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There is no sweeter pleasure than to surprise a man by giving him more than he hopes for.
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The fruits of labor are the sweetest of all pleasures.
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The pleasure from hard effort is the sweetest.
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Quotes for: action


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I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.
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One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather.
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Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.
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I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
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Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
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Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure.
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I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance.
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Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
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Who fears to suffer, already suffers what he fears.
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I have only one passion, that for light, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and which has the right to happiness.
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No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love.
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He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
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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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There should be, in every polity, a centre of resistance to the predominent power in the constitution - and in a democratic constitution, therefore, a nucleus of resistance to the democracy.
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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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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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