John Stuart Mill quote about belief from Considerations on Representative Government - One person with a belief is a social power equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.
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One person with a belief is a social power equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.
 John Stuart Mill, Considerations on Representative Government (1861). copy citation

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“To think that, because those who wield the power in society wield in the end that of government, therefore it is of no use to attempt to influence the constitution of the government by acting on opinion, is to forget that opinion is itself one of the greatest active social forces. One person with a belief is a social power equal to ninety-nine who have only interests. They who can succeed in creating a general persuasion that a certain form of government, or social fact of any kind, deserves to be preferred, have made nearly the most important step which can possibly be taken toward ranging the powers of society on its side.” source

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