John Stuart Mill quote about human nature from The Subjection of Women - After the primary necessities of food and raiment, freedom is the first and strongest want of human nature.
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After the primary necessities of food and raiment, freedom is the first and strongest want of human nature.
 John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women (1869). copy citation

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“But it would be a grievous understatement of the case to omit the most direct benefit of all, the unspeakable gain in private happiness to the liberated half of the species; the difference to them between a life of subjection to the will of others, and a life of rational freedom. After the primary necessities of food and raiment, freedom is the first and strongest want of human nature. While mankind are lawless, their desire is for lawless freedom. When they have learnt to understand the meaning of duty and the value of reason, they incline more and more to be guided and restrained by these in the exercise of their freedom; but they do not therefore desire freedom less; they do not become disposed to accept the will of other people as the representative and interpreter of those guiding principles.” source

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