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|John Stuart Mill|
Both in a good and a bad sense, the English are farther from a state of nature than any other modern people. They are, more than any other people, a product of civilization and discipline. England is the country in which social discipline has most succeeded, not so much in conquering,as in suppressing, whatever is liable to conflict with it. The English, more than any other people,not only act but feel according to rule.
The wisest men in every age generally surpass in wisdom the wisest of any preceding age, because the wisest men possess and profit by the constantly increasing accumulation of the ideas of all ages…
It is a familiar fact, that the vulgar, in all parts