John Stuart Mill


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John Stuart Mill (20 May 1806 – 8 May 1873) was a British philosopher, political economist and civil servant. He was an influential contributor 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 ... more »

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  • ''Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.''
    John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), British philosopher, economist. Autobiography, ch. 5 (1873).
  • ''That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.''
    John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), British philosopher, economist. On Liberty, ch. 3 (1859).
  • ''All that makes existence valuable to any one depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.''
    John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), British philosopher, economist. On Liberty, ch. 1 (1859).
  • ''The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.''
    John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), British philosopher, economist. On Liberty, ch. 3 (1859).
  • ''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 (1806-1873), British philosopher, economist. On Liberty, ch. 3 (1859).
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