All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.
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.
Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.
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.
The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement.
One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.
The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power.
The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.
I am not aware that any community has a right to force another to be civilized.