Jeremy Bentham Philosopher

Quotations of Jeremy Bentham

All government is a trust. Every branch of government is a trust, and immemorially acknowledged to be so.

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

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

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

Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.

Every law is an infraction of liberty.

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

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.

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.

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

The word "independence" is united to the accessory ideas of dignity and virtue. The word "dependence" is united to the ideas of inferiority and corruption.

We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness around us at so little expense. Some of them will inevitably fall on good ground, and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others: and all of them will bear fruit of happiness in the bosom whence they spring.

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