Jeremy Bentham

“The question is not, Can they reason?, nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer? Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being?”

  • An introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789)

John Stuart Mill

“It is not because man’s desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak.”

Leo Tolstoy

“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”

Seneca the Younger

“I will do nothing because of public opinion, but everything because of conscience.