Francis Hutcheson Quotes (7 quotes)
“That Action is best which procures the greatest Happiness for the greatest Numbers; and that worst, which, in like manner, occasions misery.”
Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (1725) Treatise II, Section 3
“The ultimate notion of right is that which tends to the universal good; and when one's acting in a certain manner has this tendency he has a right thus to act.”
A System of Moral Philosophy : The General Notions of Rights and Laws Explained (1755) Book II, Ch. III
“That Action is best, which accomplishes the greatest Happiness for the greatest Numbers.”
An Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue treatise 2, sec. 3 (1725)
“Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy.”
Martí : Thoughts/Pensamientos (1994)
“As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?”
―Alexis de Tocqueville
Letter to Ernest de Chabrol, 9 June 1831 Tocqueville Reader, p. 41
“I know not where His islands lift
Their fronded palms in air;
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care.”
―John Greenleaf Whittier
The eternal Goodness, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
“Man is his own star, and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man
Commands all light, all influence, all fate.
Nothing to him falls early, or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.”
The Honest Man's Fortune, (1613; published 1647)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsFrancis Hutcheson
Born: August 8, 1694
Died: August 8, 1746 (aged 52)
Bio: Francis Hutcheson was an Irish philosopher.