Thought Wire

JOHN STUART MILL

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“THERE HAVE BEEN, AND MAY BE AGAIN, GREAT INDIVIDUAL THINKERS, IN A GENERAL ATMOSPHERE OF MENTAL SLAVERY.”

“ALL GOOD THINGS WHICH EXIST ARE THE FRUITS OF ORIGINALITY.”

“ONE PERSON WITH A BELIEF IS EQUAL TO NINETY-NINE WHO HAVE ONLY INTERESTS.”

“LIFE HAS A CERTAIN FLAVOR FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FOUGHT AND RISKED ALL THAT THE SHELTERED AND PROTECTED CAN NEVER EXPERIENCE.”

“THE SOLE END FOR WHICH MANKIND ARE WARRANTED, INDIVIDUALLY OR COLLECTIVELY. IN INTERFERING WITH THE LIBERTY OF ACTION OF ANY OF THEIR NUMBER, IS SELF PROTECTION.  THAT 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.  HIS OWN GOOD, EITHER PHYSICAL OR MORAL, IS NOT A SUFFICIENT WARRANT.”

“IF ALL MANKIND MINUS ONE, WERE OF ONE OPINION, AND ONLY ONE OERSON, WERE OF THE CONTRARY OPINION, MANKIND WOUYLD BE NO MORE JUSTIFIED IN SILENCING THAT ONE PERSON, THAN HE, IF HE HAD THE POWER, WOULD BE JUSTIFIED IN SILENCING MANKIND.”

“IT IS NOT BECAUSE MEN’S DESIRES ARE STRONG THAT THEY ACT ILL; IT IS BECAUSE THEIR CONSCIENCES ARE WEAK.”

“NO ONE CAN BE A GREAT THINKER WHO DOES NOT RECOGNIZE THAT AS A THIKER IT IS HIS FIRST DUTY TO FOLLOW HIS INTELLECT TO WHATEVER CONCLUSIONS IT MAY LEAD.”