Jeremy Bentham Quotes

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

Jeremy Bentham

Nature has placed mankind under the government of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure - they govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think: every effort we can make to throw off our subjection, will serve but to demonstrate and confirm

Jeremy Bentham

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

Jeremy Bentham

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

Jeremy Bentham

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

Jeremy Bentham

Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.

Jeremy Bentham

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

Jeremy Bentham

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

Jeremy Bentham

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

Jeremy Bentham

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

Jeremy Bentham

The principle of utility judges any action to be right by the tendency it appears to have to augment or diminish the happiness of the party whose interests are in question... if that party be the community the happiness of the community, if a particular individual, the happiness of that individual.

Jeremy Bentham

That which has no existence cannot be destroyed that which cannot be destroyed cannot require anything to preserve it from destruction. Natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense nonsense upon stilts. But this rhetorical nonsense ends in the old strain of mischievous nonsense for immediately a list of these pretended natural rights is given, and those are so expressed as to present to view legal rights. And of these rights, whatever they are, there is not, it seems, any one of which any government can, upon any occasion whatever, abrogate the smallest particle.

Jeremy Bentham

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

Jeremy Bentham

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

Jeremy Bentham

Judges of elegance and taste consider themselves as benefactors to the human race, whilst they are really only the interrupters of their pleasure ... There is no taste which deserves the epithet good, unless it be the taste for such employments which, to the pleasure actually produced by them, conjoin some contingent or future utility: there is no taste which deserves to be characterized as bad, unless it be a taste for some occupation which has mischievous tendency.

Jeremy Bentham

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

Jeremy Bentham
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