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Jeremy Bentham

1748 – 1832 CE

Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

“The first patron saint of animal rights,” founder of modern utilitarianism, philosopher, and social reformer; Bentham defined “the greatest happiness of the greatest number” as a political strategy and brought the idea of welfare into modern government. A strong voice for individual and economic freedom, he worked hard to end slavery, the death penalty, physical punishment, and was the first in England to argue for decriminalizing homosexuality. He promoted equal rights for women, universal education, the separation of church and state, and animal rights. His secretary was John Stuart Mill’s father and together they tested the limits of education.

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Quotes by Jeremy Bentham (12 quotes)

“Every day will allow you, will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others or to diminish something of their pains.”

from Principles of Morals and Legislation

Themes: Compassion

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

from Principles of Morals and Legislation

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“...the rarest of all human qualities is consistency”

from Principles of Morals and Legislation

Themes: Impermanence

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“all punishment in itself is evil”

from Principles of Morals and Legislation

Chapters: 74. The Great Executioner

Themes: Punishment

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“Every law is an infraction of liberty.”

from Principles of Morals and Legislation

Chapters: 75. Greed

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“Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.”

from Principles of Morals and Legislation

Themes: Government

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“Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure… They govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think.”

from Principles of Morals and Legislation

Themes: Pleasure

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

from Principles of Morals and Legislation

Chapters: 47. Effortless Success

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“. . . 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.”

from Constitutional Code

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“It is the greatest good to the greatest number of people which is the measure of right and wrong.”

from Constitutional Code

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“He who thinks and thinks for himself, will always have a claim to thanks… If it is right, it will serve as a guide to direct; if wrong, as a beacon to warn.”

from Principles of Morals and Legislation

Chapters: 65. Simplicity: the Hidden Power of Goodness

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“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 government.”

from Constitutional Code

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