Thursday, May 20, 2010

Meandering around . . .

Today is the birthday of John Stuart Mill (May 20, 1806 – May 8, 1873), philosopher, economist, and political theorist.

"Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and courage which it contained." - John Stuart Mill

"Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think." - 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

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

"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." - 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." - John Stuart Mill

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