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John Stuart Mill, a.k.a. J. S. Mill, was a British 19th century philosopher and a proponent of utilitarianism.

Born May 20, 1806
Died May 08, 1873

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Best 15 Quotes by 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.”

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“Ask yourself if you are happy and you cease to be so.”

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

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“Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”

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“Everyone who receives the protection of society owes a return for the benefit.”

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“He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.”

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“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.”

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“It's better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.”

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“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.”

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“One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.”

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“The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.”

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

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“The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do.”

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“Liberty consists in doing what one desires.”

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“To do as one would be done by, and to love one's neighbour as oneself, constitute the ideal perfection of utilitarian morality.”

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