LAW QUOTES VII

quotations about law

We are talking about obedience to law--law, this marvelous invention of modern times, which we attribute to Western civilization, and which we talk about proudly. The rule of law, oh, how wonderful, all these courses in Western civilization all over the land. Remember those bad old days when people were exploited by feudalism? Everything was terrible in the Middle Ages--but now we have Western civilization, the rule of law. The rule of law has regularized and maximized the injustice that existed before the rule of law, that is what the rule of law has done. Let us start looking at the rule of law realistically, not with the metaphysical complacency with which we always examined it before.

HOWARD ZINN, Voices of a People's History of the United States

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Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law.

JEAN ANOUILH, Antigone

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Of all injustice that is the greatest which goes under the name of law.

L'ESTRANGE, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Laws are generally not understood by three sorts of persons, namely, by those who make them, by those who execute them, and by those who suffer if they break them.

GEORGE SAVILE, "Of Laws", A Character of King Charles the Second: and Political, Moral and Miscellaneous Thoughts and Reflections

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The law is a pretty bird, and has charming wings; it would be quite a bird of paradise if it did not carry such a terrible bill.

DOUGLAS JERROLD, The Wit and Opinions of Douglas Jerrold

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The universal and absolute law is that natural justice which cannot be written down, but which appeals to the hearts of all.

VICTOR COUSIN, attributed, Day's Collacon

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We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.

JULES VERNE, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.

MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO, The Laws

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Necessity has no law.

LATIN PROVERB

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If you make 10,000 regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech in House of Commons, Feb. 3, 1949

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The plaintiff and defendant in an action at law are two men ducking their heads in a bucket, and daring each other to remain longest under water.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, attributed, Day's Collacon

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For in a government of laws and not of men, no man, however prominent or powerful, and no mob however unruly or boisterous, is entitled to defy a court of law. If this country should ever reach the point where any man or group of men by force or threat of force could long defy the commands of our court and our Constitution, then no law would stand free from doubt, no judge would be sure of his writ, and no citizen would be safe from his neighbors.

JOHN F. KENNEDY, radio and television report to the nation on the situation at the University of Mississippi, Sep. 30, 1962

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If nature does not ratify law, then all the virtues may lose their sway.

MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO, The Laws

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The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science, that smiles in your face while it picks your pocket.

CHARLES MACKLIN, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Laws are not made like lime-twigs or nets, to catch everything that toucheth them; but rather like sea-marks, to guide from shipwreck the ignorant passenger.

PHILIP SIDNEY, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia

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Justice? You get justice in the next world. In this one you have the law.

WILLIAM GADDIS, A Frolic of His Own

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Law is the supreme power in the state, through its legislature, commanding what is right, and condemning what is wrong.

CALVIN TOWNSEND, attributed, Day's Collacon

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All of our punishment institutions, including jails, laws, church confessionals, and so forth, are systems of illusion. The order of the universe, the infinite justice of yin and yang, naturally takes care of all motion and compensation. We don't need to invent arbitrary ways to make balance with punishments.

MICHIO KUSHI, Spiritual Journey

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Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics.

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, attributed, Religion in Science Fiction: The Evolution of an Idea and the Extinction of a Genre

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Men seldom understand any laws but those they feel.

GEORGE SAVILE, "Of Laws", A Character of King Charles the Second: and Political, Moral and Miscellaneous Thoughts and Reflections

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