It seems to me a fundamental dishonesty, and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it's useful and not because you think it's true.
Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.
It is curious that Mill makes very little mention of the police as a danger to liberty. In our day they are its worst enemy...
A bad teacher will will aim at imposing his opinion, and turning out a set of pupils all of whom will give the same definite answer on a doubtful point.
I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe – because, like Spinoza's God, it won't love us in return.
Philosophy, from the earliest times, has made greater claims, and achieved fewer results, than any other branch of learning.