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John Stuart Mill

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Biography - John Stuart Mill:

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

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.



(German, French)

Es ist besser, ein unzufriedener Mensch zu sein als ein zufriedenes Schwein; besser ein unzufriedener Sokrates als ein zufriedener Narr. Und wenn der Narr oder das Schwein anderer Ansicht sind, dann deshalb, weil sie nur die eine Seite der Angelegenheit kennen. Die andere Partei hingegen kennt beide Seiten.

Il vaut mieux être un homme insatisfait qu'un porc satisfait; il vaut mieux être Socrate insatisfait qu'un imbécile satisfait. Et si l'imbécile ou le porc sont d'un avis différent, c'est qu'ils ne connaissent qu'un coté de la question: le leur.

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


John Stuart Mill also said...

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

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.

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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