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John Stuart Mill



    There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.

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    Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.

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    The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and courage which it contained.

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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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    The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among 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 most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power.

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    The only part of the conduct of anyone for which he is amenable to society is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.

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    Men do not want solely the obedience of women, they want their sentiments.

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    Men might as well be imprisoned, as excluded from the means of earning their bread.

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