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The humanity of a king would lead him to pardon at the expense of penal justice. He would do good on a small scale, harm on a large scale, so that there would be a great loss in the balance. Virtue, doing a small quantity of good, may be accompanied with vice in great quantity. A man is rescued from prison whose death might be a public benefit.

The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. Deontology, Appendix C: "Hume's Virtues"


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