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John Stuart Mill Quote: “Men might as well be imprisoned, as excluded from the means of earning their bread.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “Government operations tend to be everywhere alike. With individuals and voluntary associations, on the contrary, there are varied experiments, and endless diversity of experience. What the State can usefully do, is to make itself a central depository, and active circulator and diffuser, of the experience resulting from many trials. Its business is to enable each experimentalist to benefit by the experiments of others, instead of tolerating no experiments but its own.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “It is conceivable that religion may be morally useful without being intellectually sustainable.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “Almost all rich veins of original and striking speculation have been opened by systematic half-thinkers.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “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.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “He who lets the world choose his plan of life for him has need of no other faculty than that of ape-like imitation.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “We have discarded the fixed costumes of our forefathers; every one must still dress like other people, but the fashion may change once or twice a year. We thus take care that when there is change it shall be for change’s sake, and not from any idea of beauty of convenience; for the same idea of beauty or convenience would not strike all the world at the same moment, and be simultaneously thrown aside by all at another moment.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “One would almost think that a man’s children were supposed to be literally, and not metaphorically, a part of himself, so jealous is opinion of the smallest interference of law with his absolute and exclusive control over them; more jealous than of almost any interference with his own freedom of action: so much less do the generality of mankind value liberty than power.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “If I have accomplished anything, I owe it, among other fortunate circumstances, to the fact that through the early training bestowed on me by my father, I started, I may fairly say, with an advantage of a quarter of a century over my contemporaries.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “Trade is a social act.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “If religious belief be indeed so necessary to mankind, as we are continually assured that it is, there is great reason to lament, that the intellectual grounds of it should require to be backed by moral bribery or subornation of the understanding.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “The form of association, however, which if mankind continue to improve, must be expected in the end to predominate, is not that which can exist between a capitalist as chief, and work-people without a voice in the management, but the association of the labourers themselves on terms of equality, collectively owning the capital with which they carry on their operations, and working under managers elected and removable by themselves.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “They who know how to employ opportunities will often find that they can create them; and what we can achieve depends less on the amount of time we possess than on the use we make of our time.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “How will the remaining portion of the community like to have the amusements that shall be permitted to them regulated by the religious and moral sentiments of the stricter Calvinists and Methodists? Would they not, with considerable peremptoriness, desire these intrusively pious members of society to mind their own business? This is precisely what should be said to every government and every public, who have the pretension that no person shall enjoy any pleasure which they think wrong.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “Each undervalues that part of the materials of thought with which he is not familiar.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “Examples of truths known to us by immediate consciousness, are our own bodily sensations and mental feelings. I know directly, and of my own knowledge, that I was vexed yesterday, or that I am hungry to-day.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “It may almost always be said both of sects and of individuals, who derive their morality from religion, that the better logicians they are, the worse moralists.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “Judgement is given to men that they may use it. Because it may be used erroneously, are men to be told that they ought not to use it at all?”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “Geometry is a Deductive Science.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “God is a word to express, not our ideas, but the want of them.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “A few individuals, by extraordinary genius, or by the accidental acquisition of a good set of intellectual habits, may work without principles in the same way, or nearly the same way, in which they would have worked if they had been in possession of principles. But the bulk of mankind require either to understand the theory of what they are doing, or to have rules laid down for them by those who have understood the theory.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “He who cannot by his labor suffice for his own support has no claim to the privilege of helping himself to the money of others. By becoming dependent on the remaining members of the community for actual subsistence, he abdicates his claim to equal rights for them I other respects.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “All free communities have both been more exempt from social injustice and crime, and have attained more brilliant prosperity, than any others, or than they themselves after they have lost their freedom.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “That a thing is peculiar; is no argument for its being blamable; since the most criminal actions are to a being like man not more unnatural than most of the virtues.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “Again, defenders of utility often find themselves called upon to reply to such objections as this – that there is not time, previous to action, for calculating and weighing the effects of any line of conduct on the general happiness. This is exactly as if any one were to say that it is impossible to guide our conduct by Christianity, because there is not time, on every occasion on which anything has to be done, to read through the Old and New Testaments.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “A being who can create a race of men devoid of real freedom and inevitably foredoomed to be sinners, and then punish them for being what he has made them, may be omnipotent and various other things, but he is not what the English language has always intended by the adjective holy.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “The feeling of a direct responsibility of the individual to God is almost wholly a creation of Protestantism.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “All attempts by the State to bias the conclusions of its citizens on disputed subjects, are evil.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “With equality of experience and of general faculties, a woman usually sees much more than a man of what is immediately before her.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “It would not be easy even for an unbeliever, to find a better translation of the rule of virtue from the abstract into the concrete, than to endeavor so to live that Christ would approve our life.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “The successful conduct of an industrial enterprise requires two quite distinct qualifications: fidelity and zeal.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “The utilitarian morality does recognise in human beings the power of sacrificing their own greatest good for the good of others. It only refuses to admit that the sacrifice is itself a good. A sacrifice which does not increase, or tend to increase, the sum total of happiness, it considers as wasted.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “It is with philosophy as with religion : men marvel at the absurdity of other people’s tenets, while exactly parallel absurdities remain in their own.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another; and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the dominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, an aristocracy, or a majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “No one can be a great thinker who does not recognize, that as a thinker his first duty is to follow his intellect wherever it may lead. Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions if those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “Every established fact which is too bad to admit of any other defence is always presented to us as an injunction of religion.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “It might be plausibly maintained, that in almost every one of the leading controversies, past or present, in social philosophy, both sides were in the right in what they affirmed, though wrong in what they denied.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “But there is no parity between the feeling of a person for his own opinion, and the feeling of another who is offended at his holding it; no more than between the desire of a thief to take a purse, and the desire of the right owner to keep it. And a person’s taste is as much his own peculiar concern as his opinion or his purse.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “The demand for commodities is not the demand for labor.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “In general, opinions contrary to those commonly received can only obtain a hearing by studied moderation of language, and the most cautious avoidance of unnecessary offence, from which they hardly ever deviate even in a slight degree without losing ground: while unmeasured vituperation employed on the side of the prevailing opinion, really does deter people from professing contrary opinions, and from listening to those who profess them.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “It may be objected that the meaning of names can guide us at most only to the opinions, possibly the foolish and groundless opinions, which mankind have formed concerning things, and that as the object of philosophy is truth, not opinion, the philosopher should dismiss words and look into things themselves, to ascertain what questions can be asked and answered in regard to them.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “Books destined to form future thinkers take too much time to write, and when written come, in general, too slowly into notice and repute, to be relied on for subsistence.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “In many cases, though individuals may not do the particular thing so well, on the average, as the officers of government, it is nevertheless desirable that it should be done by them, rather than by the government, as a means to their own mental education – a mode of strengthening their active faculties, exercising their judgment, and giving them a familiar knowledge of the subjects with which they are thus left to deal.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “The fourth principal division of names, is into positive and negative. Positive, as man, tree, good; negative, as not-man, not-tree, not-good. To every positive concrete name, a corresponding negative one might be framed.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “This, however, only shows that there is an ambiguity in the word is; a word which not only performs the function of the copula in affirmations, but has also a meaning of its own, in virtue of which it may itself be made the predicate of a proposition.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “Truths are known to us in two ways: some are known directly, and of themselves; some through the medium of other truths. The former are the subject of Intuition, or Consciousness; 4 the latter, of Inference.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “When we predicate of any thing an abstract name, we affirm of the thing that it is one or other of these five things; that it is a case of Existence, or of Co-existence, or of Causation, or of Sequence, or of Resemblance.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “The fifth leading division of names is into relative and absolute, or let us rather say, relative and non-relative; for the word absolute is put upon much too hard duty in metaphysics, not to be willingly spared when its services can be dispensed with.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “All political revolutions, not affected by foreign conquest, originate in moral revolutions. The subversion of established institutions is merely one consequence of the previous subversion of established opinions.”
John Stuart Mill Quote: “The despotism of custom is on the wane. We are not content to know that things are; we ask whether they ought to be.”
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