John Stuart Mill Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old john stuart mill quotes, john stuart mill sayings, and john stuart mill proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.     

John Stuart Mill

Whatever helps to shape the human being - to make the individual what he is, or hinder him from being what he is not - is part of his education.     

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 injury.     

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

Human nature is not a machine to be built after a model, and set to do exactly the work prescribed for it, but a tree, which requires to grow and develop itself on all sides, according to the tendency of the inward forces which make it a living thing.     

John Stuart Mill

Among the facts of the universe to be accounted for, it may be said, is Mind; and it is self evident that nothing can have produced mind but mind.     

John Stuart Mill

Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.     

John Stuart Mill

One person with a belief is equal to ninety nine who have only interests.     

John Stuart Mill

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.     

John Stuart Mill

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

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

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.     

John Stuart Mill

All that makes existence valuable to any one depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.     

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In this age, the mere example of nonconformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service.     

John Stuart Mill

Any participation, even in the smallest public function, is useful.     

John Stuart Mill

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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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.     

John Stuart Mill

Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good the themselves, than by compelling each other to live as seems good to the rest.     

John Stuart Mill

It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being.     

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There is an imaginary circle drawn around every human being, over which no government should be able to step.     

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All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.     

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A profound conviction raises a man above the feeling of ridicule.     

John Stuart Mill

The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power.     

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There is a limit to the legitimate interference of collective opinion with individual independence: and to find that limit, and maintain it against encroachment, is as indispensable to a good condition of human affairs, as protection against political despotism.     

John Stuart Mill

Nothing contributes more to nourish elevation of sentiments in a people, than the large and free character of their habitations.     

John Stuart Mill