Utilitarianism Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old utilitarianism quotes, utilitarianism sayings, and utilitarianism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Utilitarianism condones killing of innocent human beings, even murder, if it makes the world a better place.     

Torbjorn Tannsjo

Utilitarianism is a civilization of production and of use, a civilization of "things" and not of "persons," a civilization in which persons are used in the same way as things are used. In the context of a civilization of use, woman can become an object for man, children a hindrance to parents, the family an institution obstructing the freedom of its members.     

Pope John Paul II

Once we realise that utilitarianism comes with the idea of blameworthy rightdoing (such as when you push a big man onto the tracks in order to save five lives) and blameless wrongdoing (such as when you don't push a big man onto the tracks in order to save five lives), then utilitarianism all of a sudden appears to give the right answers.     

Torbjorn Tannsjo

It is of note that even if utilitarianism has proved to be superior to deontology and the libertarian moral rights theory in the area of killing, we are not allowed to say that it has been finally vindicated; it has to face other challenges in other areas, in particular in situations of distributive justice.     

Torbjorn Tannsjo