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John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill was an English philosopher, political economist and civil servant. He was an influential contributor to social theory, political theory, and political economy. He has been called "the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century". Mill's conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state control. He was a proponent of utilitarianism, an ethical theory developed by Jeremy Bentham. Hoping to remedy the problems found in an inductive approach to science, such as confirmation bias, he clearly set forth the premises of falsification as the key component in the scientific method. (1806 – 1873)

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A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill

Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
John Stuart Mill

I am not aware that any community has a right to force another to be civilized.
John Stuart Mill

Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.
John Stuart Mill

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
John Stuart Mill

We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion; and even if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.
John Stuart Mill

What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
John Stuart Mill

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