David Foster Wallace:
Look at utilitarianism - that most English of contributions to ethics- and you see a whole teleology predicated on the idea that the best human life is one that maximizes the pleasure-to-pain ratio. God, I know this sounds priggish of me.

Samuel Adams said:

"Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason."


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