LAW QUOTES V

quotations about law

If a man sets out to study all the laws, he will have no time left to transgress them.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

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The convoluted wording of legalisms grew up around the necessity to hide from ourselves the violence we do to each other.

FRANK HERBERT, Dune Messiah

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I reverence the law, but not where it is a pretext for wrong, which it should be the very object of law to hinder.... I hold it blasphemy to say that a man ought not to fight against authority: there is no great religion and no great freedom that has not done it.

GEORGE ELIOT, Felix Holt

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The judge is nothing but the law speaking.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

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Laws had a bad habit of being ignored or abrogated when societal push came to totalitarian shove.

DAN SIMMONS, Hyperion

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The code of poor laws has at length grown up into a tree, which, like the fabulous Upas, overshadows and poisons the land; unwholesome expedients were the bud, dilemmas and depravities have been the blossom, and danger and despair are the bitter fruit.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

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The law is like Swiss cheese. The holes are the truth, and lawyers are like roaches crawling through the cheese. You can use the holes to get from one part of the cheese to another, but you can't eat the holes, you can only eat the cheese.

DON NIGRO, Tainted Justice

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Laws, however divine in origin and institution, would be found of little coercion among men, were the administration of them not committed to mortals.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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There are times, too, when the law doesn't give a damn who gets caught beneath its wheels.

SUSANNE ALLEYN, Game of Patience

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There must be law, steadily invoked and respected by all nations, for without law, the world promises only such meager justice as the pity of the strong upon the weak.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, Second Inaugural Address, Jan. 21, 1957

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For he that is delighted by concord,
And who abideth in the Law,
Falleth not from Security.

GAUTAMA BUDDHA, Iti-Vuttaka

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The Laws of Nature are just, but terrible. There is no weak mercy in them. Cause and consequence are inseparable and inevitable. The elements have no forbearance. The fire burns, the water drowns, the air consumes, the earth buries. And perhaps it would be well for our race if the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Man were as inevitable as the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Nature -- were Man as unerring in his judgments as Nature.

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, Table-Talk

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Laws and institutions are constantly tending to gravitate. Like clocks, they must be occasionally cleansed, and wound up, and set to true time.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts

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We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.

HUNTER S. THOMPSON, Songs of the Doomed

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We cannot live in peace without Law. And though law cannot be perfect, it may be just if it is written in ignorance of the identity of the claimants and applied equally to all. Then it is a possession not only of the claimants but of the society, which may now base its actions upon a reasonable assumption of the law’s treatment.

DAVID MAMET, The Secret Knowledge

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Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU, The Social Contract, Or Principles of Political Right

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No laws, however stringent, can make the idle industrious, the thriftless provident, or the drunken sober.

SAMUEL SMILES, Self-Help

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Law: an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.

THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologica

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There is no intrinsic virtue to law and order unless "law" is equated with justice and "order" with the discipline of a people satisfied that justice has been done.

AUNG SAN SUU KYI, In Quest of Democracy

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The law is more easily understood by few than many words. For all words are subject to ambiguity, and therefore multiplication of words in the body of the law is multiplication of ambiguity. Besides, it seems to imply (by too much diligence) that whosoever can evade the words is without the compass of the law.

THOMAS HOBBES, Leviathan

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