Jeremy Bentham Quotes

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

Priestley was the first (unless it was Beccaria) who taught my lips to pronounce this sacred truth that the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.

Jeremy Bentham

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

Jeremy Bentham
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