"It was in the same year, 1819, that he [my father] took me through a complete course of political economy." Mill was then thirteen.
"I am thus one of the very few examples, in this country, of who has not thrown off religious belief, but never had it."
"They [my books] were always written out at least twice over; a first draft of the entire work was completed to the very end of the subject, then the whole begun de novo, but incorporating in the second writing, all sentences and parts of sentences of the old draft, which appeared as suitable to my purpose as anything I could write in lieu of them."
[Summarizing the creed held by Bentham and his father.] "In psychology, the fundamental doctrine was the formation of all human character by circumstances, through the universal Principal of Association, and the consequent unlimited possibility of improving the moral and intellectual condition of mankind by education."
"Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way."