Inspirational Jeremy Bentham Quotes

Jeremy Bentham (15 February 1748 – 6 June 1832) was an English philosopher, jurist, and social reformer. This post features some Inspirational Jeremy Bentham Quotes.

Bentham defined as the “fundamental axiom” of his philosophy the principle that “it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong”. He called for the abolition of slavery, the abolition of the death penalty, and the abolition of physical punishment, including that of children. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism.

Jeremy Bentham Quotes
Jeremy Bentham Quotes

Jeremy Bentham Quotes

“Happiness is a very pretty thing to feel, but very dry to talk about.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“The rarest of all human qualities is consistency.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“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. And for every grain of enjoyment you sow in the bosom of another, you shall find a harvest in your own bosom; while every sorrow which you pluck out from the thoughts and feelings of a fellow creature shall be replaced by beautiful peace and joy in the sanctuary of your soul.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“The said truth is that it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but “Can they suffer?”
― Jeremy Bentham

“Reputation is the road to power.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, –will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others, –or to diminish something of their pains.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“Every law is an infraction of liberty.”
Jeremy Bentham

“Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet. ”
― Jeremy Bentham

“The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.”
Jeremy Bentham quotes

“The power of the lawyer is in the uncertainty of the law.”
― Jeremy Bentham

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

“Is it possible for a man to move the earth? Yes; but he must first find out another earth to stand upon.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“Bodies are real entities. Surfaces and lines are but fictitious entities. A surface without depth, a line without thickness, was never seen by any man; no; nor can any conception be seriously formed of its existence.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“Whenever you are about to be oppressed, you have a right to resist oppression: whenever you conceive yourself to be oppressed, conceive yourself to have a right to make resistance, and act accordingly.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“The quantity of pleasure being equal, push-pin is as good as poetry.”
― 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 quotes

“It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual.”
― 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.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“In no instance has a system in regard to religion been ever established, but for the purpose, as well as with the effect of its being made an instrument of intimidation, corruption, and delusion, for the support of depredation and oppression in the hands of governments.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“We see evil of one kind issue from evil of another kind; evil proceed from good and good from evil. All these changes, it is important to know and to distinguish; in this, in fact, consists the essence of legislation.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“In the mind of all, fiction, in the logical sense, has been the coin of necessity;—in that of poets of amusement—in that of the priest and the lawyer of mischievous immorality in the shape of mischievous ambition,—and too often both priest and lawyer have framed or made in part this instrument.”
― Jeremy Bentham

“What is the source of this premature anxiety to establish fundamental laws? It is the old conceit of being wiser than all posterity—wiser than those who will have had more experience,—the old desire of ruling over posterity—the old recipe for enabling the dead to chain down the living.”
― 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.”
― Jeremy Bentham

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