John Stuart Mill (20 May 1806 – 8 May 1873) was an English philosopher, political economist and civil servant. One of the most influential thinkers in the history of liberalism, he contributed widely to social theory, political theory and political economy. Mill's conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state and social control.
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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.
That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
Men might as well be imprisoned as excluded from the means of earning their bread.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
The individual is not accountable to society for his actions in so far as these concern the interests of no person but himself.
What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
All political revolutions not affected by foreign conquest originate in moral revolutions. The subversion of established institutions is merely one consequence of the previous subversion of established opinions.