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Quotes of the day: Jeremy Bentham

Published Sunday, February 14, 2016 @ 10:33 PM EST
Feb 14 2016

Jeremy Bentham (February 15, 1748 - June 6, 1832) was an English philosopher, jurist, and social reformer. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


An evil comes rarely alone. A lot of evil cannot well fall upon an individual without spreading itself about him, as about a common center.

Create all the happiness you are able to create: remove all the misery you are able to remove.

Every day will allow you to add something to the pleasure of others, or to diminish something of their pains.

Every law is an evil, for every law is an infraction of liberty: And I repeat that government has but a choice of evils...

In principle and in practice, in a right track and in a wrong one, the rarest of all human qualities is consistency.

Judges of elegance and taste consider themselves as benefactors to the human race, whilst they are really only the interrupters of their pleasure...

Natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense- nonsense upon stilts.

Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. It is for them alone to point out what we ought to do, as well as to determine what we shall do.

Prose is when all the lines except the last go on to the end. Poetry is when some of them fall short of it.

Secrecy is an instrument of conspiracy; it ought not, therefore, to be the system of a regular government.

That which has no existence cannot be destroyed- that which cannot be destroyed cannot require anything to preserve it from destruction.

The result you will find is that of this operation, that to the aggregate stock of happiness of the community, loss not profit is the result of the operation.

There are then two things to be regarded; the evil of the offense and the evil of the law; the evil of the malady and the evil of the remedy.

To what shall the character of utility be ascribed, if not to that which is a source of pleasure?

Want keeps pace with dignity. Destitute of the lawful means of supporting his rank, his dignity presents a motive for malversation, and his power furnishes the means.


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