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John Stuart Mill

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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

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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Quotes for: courage


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Quotes about courage:


Have courage to use your own reason!





The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.





I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.





Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.





Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear.





It is better to trust in ability than in luck.











Quotes for: danger


Quotes

Quotes about danger:


But where the danger is,
also grows the saving power.






Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it's the only one we have.





The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.





The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.





Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.





The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world.











Quotes for: society


Quotes

Quotes for: society


Article IV – Liberty consists of doing anything which does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of each man has only those borders which assure other members of the society the enjoyment of these same rights. These borders can be determined only by the law.





The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.





Society is composed of two great classes those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.





Article V – The law has the right to forbid only actions harmful to society. Anything which is not forbidden by the law cannot be impeded, and no one can be constrained to do what it does not order.





Article XV – The society has the right of requesting account from any public agent of its administration.





Article XVI – Any society in which the guarantee of rights is not assured, nor the separation of powers determined, has no Constitution.











Quotes for: genius


Quotes

Quotes for: genius


Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.





Ignorance is not lack of intelligence, nor knowledge a proof of genius.





He recognized in himself that power to forget which only children have, and geniuses, and the innocent. Innocent, overwhelmed by joy, he understood at last that he was made for happiness.





Good sense and genius beget esteem and regard: Wit and humour excite love and affection.





Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.





In fact, every child is to a certain extent a genius, and every genius to a certain extent a child.











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John Stuart Mill also said...


He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.





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.





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.





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.





The usefulness of an opinion is itself matter of opinion.





Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.












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