"The dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution is one of the pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."John Stuart Mill on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."John Stuart Mill on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."John Stuart Mill on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."John Stuart Mill on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."John Stuart Mill on Mark Twain
"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."
"The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time."
"There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home."
"Life has a certain flavor for those who have fought and risked all that the sheltered and protected can never experience."
"Of two pleasures, if there be one which all or almost all who have experience of both give a decided preference, irrespective of any feeling of moral obligation to prefer it, that is the more desirable pleasure."