Inspirational John Stuart Mill Quotes

John Stuart Mill (20 May 1806 – 8 May 1873) was an English philosopher, political economist and civil servant. This post features some Inspirational John Stuart Mill Quotes.

He is of the most influential thinkers in the history of liberalism, he contributed widely to social theory, political theory and political economy. He has been called “the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century.” Mill’s conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state control.

John Stuart Mill Quotes
John Stuart Mill Quotes

John Stuart Mill Quotes

“One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.”
― John Stuart Mill

“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.”
― John Stuart Mill

“No one can be a great thinker who does not recognize that as a thinker it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusions it may lead.”
― John Stuart Mill

“Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”
John Stuart Mill quotes

“The human faculties of perception, judgment, discriminative feeling, mental activity, and even moral preference, are exercised only in making a choice. He who does anything because it is the custom, makes no choice.”
― John Stuart Mill

“A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.”
― John Stuart Mill

“Both teachers and learners go to sleep at their post as soon as there is no enemy in the field.”
John Stuart Mill

“All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.”
― John Stuart Mill

“Persons of genius, it is true, are, and are always likely to be, a small minority; but in order to have them, it is necessary to preserve the soil in which they grow.”
― John Stuart Mill

“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, is of a different opinion, it is only because they only know their own side of the question.”
― John Stuart Mill

“He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.”
― John Stuart Mill

“Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.”
― John Stuart Mill

“No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought.”
― John Stuart Mill

“That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.”
― John Stuart Mill

“So long as an opinion is strongly rooted in the feelings, it gains rather than loses in stability by having a preponderating weight of argument against it.”
― John Stuart Mill

“Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.”
― John Stuart Mill

“I did not mean that Conservatives are generally stupid; I meant, that stupid persons are generally Conservative. I believe that to be so obvious and undeniable a fact that I hardly think any hon. Gentleman will question it.”
― John Stuart Mill

“A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.”
John Stuart Mill quotes

“A person whose desires and impulses are his own—are the expression of his own nature, as it has been developed and modified by his own culture—is said to have a character. One whose desires and impulses are not his own, has no character, no more than a steam-engine has character.”
― John Stuart Mill

“It is indisputable that the being whose capacities of enjoyment are low, has the greatest chance of having them fully satisfied; and a highly endowed being will always feel that any happiness which he can look for, as the world is constituted, is imperfect. But he can learn to bear its imperfections, if they are at all bearable; and they will not make him envy the being who is indeed unconscious of the imperfections, but only because he feels not at all the good which those imperfections qualify.”
― John Stuart Mill

“There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.”
― John Stuart Mill

“The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.”
― John Stuart Mill

“Stupidity is much the same all the world over. A stupid person’s notions and feelings may confidently be inferred from those which prevail in the circle by which the person is surrounded. Not so with those whose opinions and feelings are an emanation from their own nature and faculties.”
― John Stuart Mill

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