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John Stuart Mill


(1806 - 1873)

English philosopher,
author and economist


Quotations of John Stuart Mill

"He who lets the world or his portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any other faculty than the ape-like one of imitation. He who chooses his plan form himself, employs his faculties"
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873 / On Liberty / 1859)

"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."
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873 / On Liberty / 1859)

"Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men."
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873 / On Liberty / 1859)

"On religion in particular, the time appears to me to have come, when it is a duty of all who, being qualified in point of knowledge, have, on mature consideration, satisfied themselves that the current opinions are not only false, but hurtful, to make their dissent known."
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873 / Autobiography / 1873)

"The nec plus ultra of wickedness is embodied in what is commonly presented to mankind as the creed of Christianity."
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873 / Autobiography / 1873)

"In sober truth, nearly all the things which men are hanged or imprisoned for doing to one another are nature's everyday performances. Killing, the most criminal act recognized by human laws, nature does once to every being that lives, and in a large proportion of cases after protracted tortures such as only the greatest monsters whom we read of ever purposely inflicted on their living fellow creatures."
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873 / Nature and Utility of Religion)

"The principle itself of dogmatic religion, dogmatic morality, dogmatic philosophy, is what requires to be booted out; not any particular manifestation of that principle."
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873 / The Spirit Of The Age)

"It is historically true that a large proportion of infidels in all ages have been persons of distinguished integrity and honor.
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873 / quoted from James A. Haught / 2000 Years of Disbelief

"My father taught me that the question "Who made me?" cannot be answered, since it immediately suggests the further question, "Who made God?"
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873 / quoted from James A. Haught, ed., 2000 Years of Disbelief)

"God is a word to express, not our ideas, but the want of them."
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873)

"Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives."
(John Stuart Mill / 1806-1873)


Biography of John Stuart Mill



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