Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation

Jeremy Bentham

Chapter 10, Footnote #12
The motive nonetheless deemed a bad one

I am aware, or at least I hope, that people in general, when they see the matter thus stated, will be ready to acknowledge, that the motive in these cases, whatever be the tendency of the acts which it produces, is not a bad one: but this will not render it the less true, that hitherto, in popular discourse it has been common for men to speak of acts, which they could not but acknowledge to have originated from this source, as proceeding from a bad motive. The same observation will apply to many of the other cases.

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IPML Chapter 10 Section 3: Catalogue of motives