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Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) quotes


  • All punishment is mischief; all punishment in itself is evil.
  • As to 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.
  • 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.
  • Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.
  • Stretching his hands 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.
  • Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.