Cesare Beccaria Quotes

Cesare Beccaria Quote: The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation.
Happy is the nation without a history.
Cesare Beccaria (On Crimes and Punishments, 1764)
The greatest happiness of the greatest number.
Cesare Beccaria (On Crimes and Punishments, 1764)
Laws are the conditions, under which men, naturally independent, united themselves in society.
Cesare Beccaria (On Crimes and Punishments - Chapter I: Of the Origin of Punishments, 1764)
The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.
Cesare Beccaria (On Crimes and Punishments, 1764)
Every act of authority of one man over another, for which there is not an absolute necessity, is tyrannical.
Cesare Beccaria (On Crimes and Punishments - Chapter II: Of the Right to punish, 1764)
No man ever gave up his liberty, merely for the good of the public. Such a chimera exists only in romances. Every individual wishes, if possible, to be exempt from the compacts, that bind the rest of mankind.
Cesare Beccaria (On Crimes and Punishments - Chapter II: Of the Right to punish, 1764)
How great are the obligations due from mankind to that philosopher, who, from the obscurity of his closet, had the courage to scatter amongst the multitude the seeds of useful truths, so long unfruitful!
Cesare Beccaria (On Crimes and Punishments, 1764)
Let us consult the human heart, and there we shall find the foundation of the sovereign’s right to punish; for no advantage in moral policy can be lasting, which is not founded on the indeliable sentiments of the heart of man. Whatever law deviates from this principle will always meet with a resistance, which will destroy it in the end; for the smallest force, continually applied, will overcome the most violent motion communicated to bodies.
Cesare Beccaria (On Crimes and Punishments - Chapter II: Of the Right to punish, 1764)


Cesare Beccaria Biography

Born: March 15, 1738
Died: November 28, 1794

Cesare Beccaria was an Italian jurist, philosopher and politician. He is best known for his highly influential treatise "On Crimes and Punishments".

Notable Works

On Crimes and Punishments (1764)