Skip to content

John Stuart Mill Quotes

  • No slave is a slave to the same lengths, and in so full a sense of the word, as a wife is. — The Subjection of Women
  • 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. 
  • Christian morality (so called) has all the characters of a reaction; it is, in great part, a protest against Paganism. Its ideal is negative rather than positive; passive rather than action; innocence rather than Nobleness; Abstinence from Evil, rather than energetic Pursuit of Good: in its precepts (as has been well said) “thou shalt not” predominates unduly over “thou shalt. — On Liberty
  • What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs. 
  • Over one’s mind and over one’s body the individual is sovereign. — On Liberty
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • There is always need of persons not only to discover new truths, and point out when what were once truths are true no longer, but also to commence new practices, and set the example of more enlightened conduct, and better taste and sense in human life. 
Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: