"The duty of man is the same in respect to his own nature as in respect to the nature of all other things, namely not to follow it but to amend it."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."John Stuart Mill on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."John Stuart Mill on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."John Stuart Mill on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."John Stuart Mill on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."John Stuart Mill on Abraham Lincoln
"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."
"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."