Cesare Bonesana Beccaria

1738 - 1794

A Quote by Cesare Bonesana Beccaria on commitment, confidence, determination, ideas, laws, men, nature, sacrifice, and water

False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it. . . The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

Cesare Bonesana Beccaria (1738 - 1794)

Source: On Crimes and Punishment, 1764

Contributed by: Zaady

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