Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
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.
One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.
There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.
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.
Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.
Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of.
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 sufficient warrant.
The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.
All action is for the sake of some end; and rules of action, it seems natural to suppose, must take their whole character and color from the end to which they are subservient.
All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.
Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure and the absence of pain.
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