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"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."

"What ever crushes individuality is despotism, no matter what name it is called."

"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."

"We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still."

"Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives."
Politics

"It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being."
Technology

"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."
War

"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."

"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."

"The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it."

"I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them."

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

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

"All good things which exist are the fruits of originality."

"Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of."

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

"The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power."

"The individual is not accountable to society for his actions in so far as these concern the interests of no person but himself."

"We have a right, also, in various ways, to act upon our unfavorable opinion of anyone, not to the oppression of his individuality, but in the exercise of ours."

"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."

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