quote

John Stuart Mill > Quotes > Quotable Quote

John Stuart Mill

“In this age, the mere example of non-conformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.”


John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
Read more quotes from John Stuart Mill


Share this quote:

Friends Who Liked This Quote


To see what your friends thought of this quote, please sign up!

113 likes
All Members Who Liked This Quote

« previous 1

All Quotes | My Quotes | Add A Quote

Play The 'Guess That Quote' Game

This Quote Is From

On Liberty On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
16,779 ratings, average rating, 402 reviews
Open Preview


Browse By Tag

More...