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Jeremy Bentham Quotes

All punishment is mischief; all punishment in itself is evil.

As to the evil which results from a censorship, it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends.

Every law is an infraction of liberty.

He who thinks and thinks for himself, will always have a claim to thanks; it is no matter whether it be right or wrong, so as it be explicit. If it is right, it will serve as a guide to direct; if wrong, as a beacon to warn.

It is the greatest good to the greatest number of people which is the measure of right and wrong.

It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual.

Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.

No power of government ought to be employed in the endeavor to establish any system or article of belief on the subject of religion.

Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.

Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.

The age we live in is a busy age; in which knowledge is rapidly advancing towards perfection.

The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.

The power of the lawyer is in the uncertainty of the law.

The principle of asceticism never was, nor ever can be, consistently pursued by any living creature. Let but one tenth part of the inhabitants of the earth pursue it consistently, and in a day's time they will have turned it into a Hell.

The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?"

The said truth is that it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong.

Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.