Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation

Jeremy Bentham

Chapter 6, Footnote #08
Connexions in the way of sympathy: spouses and children

This is one reason why legislators in general like better to have married people to deal with than single; and people that have children than such as are childless. It is manifest that the stronger and more numerous a man's connexions in the way of sympathy are, the stronger is the hold which the law has upon him. A wife and children are so many pledges a man gives to the world for his good behaviour.

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