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BENTHAM QUOTES, A Supplement To
Jeremy Bentham
[All are from Bentham's Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, 1789.]


Consistency:-
§ "The rarest of all human qualities is consistency." (i., 12.)
Dread Of Evil & The Hope Of Good:-
§ "It was the dread of evil, not the hope of good that first cemented societies together." (xviii., 17 note.)
Government:-
§ "The business of government is to promote the happiness of the society by punishing and rewarding." (vii., 1.)
Passion:-
§ "During the first assault of passion as under a thunder stroke the sentiments of virtue may yield for a moment." (xiii., 4.)
Punishment:-
§ "With what chance of success for example would a legislator go about, to extirpate drunkenness by dint of legal punishment?" (xix., 15.)
§ "The State has two great engines, punishment and reward." (xviii., 18.)
§ "Punishment cannot act any farther than in as far as the idea of it is present in the mind." (xvii., 7.)
§ "Force can accomplish many things which would be beyond the reach of cunning." (xiii., 2.)
Sanctions:-
§ "There are four distinguishable sources from which pleasure and pain are in use to flow: considered separately, they may be termed the physical, the political, the moral, and the religious: and inasmuch as the pleasures and pains belonging to each of them are capable of giving a binding force to any law or rule of conduct, they may all of them be termed sanctions." (iii., 2.)
Utilitarianism:-
§ "Ethics at large may be defined, the art of directing men's actions to the production of the greatest possible quantity of happiness." (xix., 11.)
§ "An action then may be said to be conformable to the principle of utility when the tendency it has to augment the happiness of the community is greater than any it has to diminish it." (i., p. iii.)

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