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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1150
AUTHOR: John Stuart Mill (1806–73)
QUOTATION: Men are men before they are lawyers, or physicians, or merchants, or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible men, they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers or physicians.
ATTRIBUTION: JOHN STUART MILL, inaugural address to the University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland, February 1, 1867.—Dissertations and Discussions, vol. 4, p. 335 (1868).