A great statesman is he who knows when to depart from traditions, as well as when to adhere to them.
Considerations on Representative Government (1861), chapter 5, p. 93.
If I have accomplished anything, I owe it, among other fortunate circumstances, to the fact that through the early training bestowed on me by my father, I started, I may fairly say, with an advantage of a quarter of a century over my contemporaries.John Stuart Mill
I well knew that to propose something which would be called extreme, was the true way not to impede but to facilitate a more moderate experiment.John Stuart Mill
The average condition of the people improving or deteriorating, depends upon whether population is advancing faster than improvement, or improvement than population.John Stuart Mill
The sole evidence it is possible to produce that anything is desirable, is that people do actually desire it.John Stuart Mill
All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.John Stuart Mill
In a really equal democracy, every or any section would be represented, not disproportionately, but proportionately. ... Unless they are, there is not equal government, but a government of inequality and privilege: one part of the people rule over the rest: there is a part whose fair and equal share of influence in the representation is withheld from them, contrary to all just government, but, above all, contrary to the principle of democracy, which professes equality as its very root and foundation.John Stuart Mill
If the roads, the railways, the banks, the insurance offices, the great joint-stockcompanies, the universities, and the public charities, were all of them branches of government; if, in addition, the municipal corporations and local boards, with all that now devolves on them, became departments of the central administration; if the employees of all these different enterprises were appointed and paid by the government, and looked to the government for every rise in life; not all the freedom of the press and popular constitution of the legislature would make this or any other country free otherwise than in name.John Stuart Mill
Inever was a boy, never played atcricket; it isbetter to let Nature take her course.John Stuart Mill
Women cannot be expected to devote themselves to the emancipation of women, until men in considerable number are prepared to join with them in the undertaking.John Stuart Mill