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The object of this Essay is to assert one very simple principle, as entitled to govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control, whether the means used be physical force in the form of legal penalties, or the moral coercion of public opinion. That principle is, that 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. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil, in case he do otherwise. To justify that, the conduct from which it is desired to deter him must be calculated to produce evil to someone else. The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.


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JOHN STUART MILL
Society can and does execute its own mandates: and if it issues wrong mandates instead of right, or ...
JOHN STUART MILL
The human faculties of perception, judgment, discriminative feeling, mental activity, and even moral...
JOHN STUART MILL
Even despotism does not produce its worst effects, so long as individuality exists under it; and wha...
JOHN STUART MILL
Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so
JOHN STUART MILL
It still remains unrecognised, that to bring a child into existence without a fair prospect of being...
JOHN STUART MILL
إن القدرة على أسمى المشاعر هي في معظم الطبائع، نبتة رقي...
JOHN STUART MILL
Stupidity is much the same all the world over. A stupid person's notions and feelings may confidentl...
JOHN STUART MILL
Experience has taught me that those who give their time to the absorbing claims of what is called so...
JOHN STUART MILL
Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount o...
JOHN STUART MILL
The tendency has always been strong to believe that whatever received a name must be an entity or be...
JOHN STUART MILL
All that has been said of the importance of individuality of character, and diversity in opinions an...
JOHN STUART MILL
No stronger case can be shown for prohibiting anything which is regarded as a personal immorality, t...
JOHN STUART MILL
Conversancy with Hegel tends to deprave one's intellect.
JOHN STUART MILL
To think that because those who wield power in society wield in the end that of government, therefor...
JOHN STUART MILL
There is a limit to the legitimate interference of collective opinion with individual independence: ...
JOHN STUART MILL
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives...
I never ...
JOHN STUART MILL
All action is for the sake of some end; and rules of action, it seems natural to suppose, must take ...
JOHN STUART MILL
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power amon...
JOHN STUART MILL
We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and even if w...
JOHN STUART MILL
There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has bro...
JOHN STUART MILL
The disease which inflicts bureaucracy and what they usually die from is routine.
JOHN STUART MILL
One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.
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
A person may cause evil to others not only by his action but by his inaction, and in either case he ...
JOHN STUART MILL
One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.
JOHN STUART MILL
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the...
JOHN STUART MILL
The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as...
JOHN STUART MILL
No one can be a great thinker who does not recognize that as a thinker it is his first duty to follo...
JOHN STUART MILL
He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any...
JOHN STUART MILL
If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one tha...
JOHN STUART MILL
Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.
JOHN STUART MILL
The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long a...
JOHN STUART MILL
He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
JOHN STUART MILL
It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any hu...
JOHN STUART MILL
But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human rac...
JOHN STUART MILL
The most important thing women have to do is to stir up the zeal of women themselves.
JOHN STUART MILL
The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns...
JOHN STUART MILL
The struggle between Liberty and Authority is the most conspicuous feature in the portions of histor...
JOHN STUART MILL
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it profes...
JOHN STUART MILL
Men might as well be imprisoned, as excluded from the means of earning their bread.
JOHN STUART MILL
Men do not desire merely to be rich, but to be richer than other men
JOHN STUART MILL
The individual is not accountable to society for his actions in so far as these concern the interest...
JOHN STUART MILL
Yet the love of money is not only one of the strongest moving forces of human life, but money is, in...
JOHN STUART MILL
Of two pleasures, if there be one to which all or almost all who have experience of both give a deci...
JOHN STUART MILL
Capacity for the nobler feelings is in most natures a very tender plant, easily killed, not only by ...
JOHN STUART MILL
The form of association, however, which if mankind continue to improve, must be expected in the end ...
JOHN STUART MILL
The will of the people, moreover, practically means the will of the most numerous or the most active...
JOHN STUART MILL
He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any...
JOHN STUART MILL
Unfortunately for the good sense of mankind, the fact of their fallibility is far from carrying the ...
JOHN STUART MILL
Both teachers and learners go to sleep at their post as soon as there is no enemy in the field.
JOHN STUART MILL
It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are we...
JOHN STUART MILL