quotations about rules
To observe the rules was to be good, and to be good was to be loved.
TOVA MIRVIS, "Divorced From My Husband, and My Faith", New York Times, February 19, 2014
Rules help us live our lives when we lose the will to do it on our own.
YVONNE WOON, Dead Beautiful
Students who come eager to learn the rules and who do learn them, and who learn nothing more, will take away the shell and not the substance. We have discovered that rules alone, mere forms of words, are worthless.
KARL N. LLEWELLYN, The Bramble Bush: On Our Law and Its Study
You are remembered for the rules you break.
DOUGLAS MACARTHER, attributed, Taking Chances
Necessity hath no law. Feigned necessities, imaginary necessities ... are the greatest cozenage that men can put upon the Providence of God, and make pretenses to break known rules by.
OLIVER CROMWELL, speech to Parliament, September 12, 1654
We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything.
WILLIAM GOLDING, Lord of the Flies
Even in killing men, observe the rules of propriety.
CONFUCIUS, The Wisdom of Confucius
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
KATHARINE HEPBURN, attributed, Katharine Hepburn Once Said...
Necessity knows no rules.
AUGUST STRINDBERG, Miss Julie
Rules should always be bent, if not broken. It's the only way to have any fun.
ALYSON NOËL, Evermore
Rules are for old men who prefer to walk in the wheel ruts of history.
BRIAN HERBERT & KEVEN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Corrino
Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.
JOSEPH CAMPBELL, The Power of Myth
Rule A: Don't. Rule A1: Rule A doesn't exist. Rule A2: Do not discuss the existence or non-existence of Rules A, A1 or A2.
R. D. LAING, Knots
Hell, there are no rules here -- we're trying to accomplish something.
THOMAS EDISON, attributed, How to Think Like Einstein
Nobody is made anything by hearing of rules, or laying them up in his memory; practice must settle the habit of doing, without reflecting on the rule; and you may as well hope to make a good painter, or musician, extempore, by a lecture and instruction in the arts of music and painting, as a coherent thinker, or a strict reasoner, by a set of rules, showing him wherein right reasoning consists.
JOHN LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Some rules are nothing but old habits that people are afraid to change.
THERESE ANNE FOWLER, Souvenir: A Novel
Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.
DAVID OGILVY, attributed, Decision Theory and Decision Analysis
I try not to break the rules but merely to test their elasticity.
BILL VEECK, attributed, The Blackie Sherrod Collection
Honestly, orthodoxy concerns me about as much as it concerns your average jackrabbit. I only follow rules that take me where I want to go. If there aren't any rules, I make up my own (and follow them strictly).
URSULA K. LE GUIN, interview, Electric Lit, August 7, 2014
By all means break the rules, and break them beautifully, deliberately and well. That is one of the ends for which they exist.
ROBERT BRINGHURST, The Elements of Typographic Style