The Worth Of The State, In The Long Run, Is The Worth Of The Individuals Composing I

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The worth of the State, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals
composing it, and a State which postpones the interest of their mental
expansion and elevation to a little more of administrative skill, or of that
semblance of it which practice gives in the details of business... will find
that with small men no great thing can be accomplished.
-- John Stuart Mill, 'On Liberty', 1859