John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill

English economist

Lived from: 1806-1873

Category: Economists and businessmen

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    The disease which inflicts bureaucracy and what they usually die from is routine.
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    All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
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    A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself.
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    A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
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    All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
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    All that makes existence valuable to any one depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.
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    As for charity, it is a matter in which the immediate effect on the persons directly concerned, and the ultimate consequence to the general good, are apt to be at complete war with one another.
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    As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.
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    Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.
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    But society has now fairly got the better of individuality; and the danger which threatens human nature is not the excess, but the deficiency, of personal Impulses and preferences.
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    Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
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    Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained.
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    General laws may be laid down respecting the tides; predictions may be founded on those laws, and the result will in the main, though often not with complete accuracy, correspond to the predictions.
    Source: A System of Logic, Book 6, The Logic of the Moral Sciences Ch. 3
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    He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.
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    I did not mean that Conservatives are generally stupid; I meant, that stupid persons are generally Conservative.
    Source: Debat in Parlement (31 May 1866)
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