Jeremy Bentham

1748 - 1832

A Quote by Jeremy Bentham on sun and the sun

The question is not "Can they reason?" Nor "Can they talk?" But "Can they suffer?"

Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

Source: sunbeams

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A Quote by Jeremy Bentham on jeremy bentham, animal, liberation, and rights

It may one day come to be recognized that the number of the legs, the villosity of the skin, or the termination of the os sacrum are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same fate. What else is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason or perhaps the faculty of discourse? But a full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as more conversable animal, than an infant of a day or a week or even a month old. But suppose they were otherwise, what would it avail? The question is not, Can they reason?, nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being? The time will come when humanity will extend its mantle over everything which breathes.

Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

Source: Jeremy Bentham

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A Quote by Jeremy Bentham on vegetarianism

What is it that should trace the insuperable line? …The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?

Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

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A Quote by Jeremy Bentham on laws and liberty

Every law is an infraction of liberty.

Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

Source: Principles of Morals and Legislation, 1789

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A Quote by Jeremy Bentham on ignorance, laws, lawyers, and punishment

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

Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

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A Quote by Jeremy Bentham on destiny, logic, and science

O Logic: born gatekeeper to the Temple of Science, victim of capricious destiny: doomed hitherto to be the drudge of pedants: come to the aid of thy master, Legislation.

Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

Source: J. Browning (ed.) Works.

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A Quote by Jeremy Bentham on questions, reason, and suffering

The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?

Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

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A Quote by Jeremy Bentham on animals, creation, day, rest, and tyranny

The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny.

Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

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A Quote by Jeremy Bentham on government and trust

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

Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

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A Quote by Jeremy Bentham on extremism, kindness, mind, words, and yielding

Kind words cost no more than unkind ones . . . and we may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindliness around us at so little expense. If you would fall into any extreme let it be on the side of gentleness. The human mind is so constructed that it resists vigor and yields to softness.

Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

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