Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation

Jeremy Bentham

Chapter 10, Footnote #05
Pleasures always good

Let a man's motive be ill-will; call it even malice, envy, cruelty, it is still a kind of pleasure that is his motive: the pleasure he takes at the thought of the pain which he sees, or expects to see, his adversary undergo. Now even this wretched pleasure, taken by itself, is good: it may be faint; it may be short: it must at any rate be impure: yet while it lasts, and before any bad consequences arrive, it is as good as any other that is not more intense.

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