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If we desire respect for the law we must first make the law respectable.
Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis Category: Law
It is almost impossible systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature in her indifference makes no distinction between good and evil.
Anatole France Category: Law
The law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit of the public.
Samuel Johnson Category: Law
It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
Earl Warren Category: Law
Law: An ordinance of reason for the common good made by him who has care of the community.
Saint Thomas Aquinas Category: Law
The law will never make men free it is men that have to make the law free.
Henry David Thoreau Category: Law
You can't legislate intelligence and common sense into people.
Will Rogers Category: Law
Laws are generally not understood by three sorts of persons: those that make them those that execute them and those that suffer if they break them.
Halifax Category: Law
We ought to be persuaded that the propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained.
George Washington Category: Law
Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture as the little creep through the great break through and the middle-sized are alone entangled in it.
William Shenstone Category: Law
Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty.
Thomas Jefferson Category: Law
The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.
General Dwight David Eisenhower Category: Law
One a robot may not injure a human being or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm; Two a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; Three a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Isaac Asimov Category: Law
When you go to court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
Norm Crosby Category: Law
A state is better governed which has but few laws And those laws strictly observed.
Rene Descartes Category: Law
The problem with any unwritten law is that you don't know where to go to erase it.
Unknown Category: Law
Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin Category: Law
If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
Sir Winston Churchill Category: Law
Solon used to say that speech was the image of actions; ... that laws were like cobwebs for that if any trifling or powerless thing fell into them they held it fast; while if it were something weightier it broke through them and was off.
Diogenes the Cynic Category: Law
Laws were made to be broken.
Christopher North Category: Law
The mills of God grind slow but they grind exceedingly small.
Friedrich von Logau Category: Law
Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Category: Law
Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them.
Hermann Hesse Category: Law
Laws are always unstable unless they are founded on the manners of a nation; and manners are the only durable and resisting power in a people.
Charles Alexis Henri Clerel de Tocqueville Category: Law
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.
Aleister Crowley Category: Law
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly while bad people will find a way around the laws.
Plato Category: Law
If the law is upheld only by government officials then all law is at an end.
Herbert Clark Hoover Category: Law
There never has been devised and there never will be devised any law which will enable a man to succeed save by the exercise of those qualities which have always been the prerequisites of success the qualities of hard work of keen intelligence of unflinching will.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Law
The law is reason free from passion.
Aristotle Category: Law
The liberty of man consists solely in this: that he obeys natural laws because he has himself recognized them as such and not because they have been externally imposed upon him by any extrinsic will whatever divine or human collective or individual.
Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin Category: Law
As laws are necessary that good manners may be preserved so there is need of good manners that laws may be maintained.
Niccolo Machiavelli Category: Law
For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency.
Eric Ambler Category: Law
This is what has to be remembered about the law: Beneath that cold harsh impersonal exterior there beats a cold harsh impersonal heart.
David Frost Category: Law
Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law.
Sophocles Category: Law
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu Category: Law
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
Dr. Samuel Johnson Category: Law
Tell me who admires and loves you and I will tell you who you are.
Charles Augustin Sainte-Beauve Category: Law
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe seldom executed.
Benjamin Franklin Category: Law
Nothing can tell us so much about the general lawlessness of humanity as a perfect acquaintance with our own immoderate behavior. If we would think over our own impulses we would recognize in our own souls the guiding principle of all vices which we reproach in other people; and if it is not in our very actions it will be present at least in our impulses. There is no malice that self-love will not offer to our spirits so that we may exploit any occasion and there are few people virtuous enough not to be tempted.
Marquise Magdeleine de Sable Category: Law
I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.
Ulysses S. Grant Category: Law
The law is the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being and therefore laws have no fixity but shift from generation to generation.
Brooks Adams Category: Law
A law is valuable not because it is law but because there is right in it.
Henry Ward Beecher Category: Law
The law is not a light for you or any man to see by; the law is not an instrument of any kind. The law is a causeway upon which so long as he keeps to it a citizen may walk safely.
Robert Bolt Category: Law
Mastering the lawless science of our law That codeless myriad of precedent That wilderness of single instances.
Lord Alfred Tennyson Category: Law
Laws grind the poor and rich men rule the law.
Oliver Goldsmith Category: Law
LITIGATION n. A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce Category: Law
The more laws the less justice.
Marcus Tullius Cicero Category: Law
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
Edmund Burke Category: Law
Petty laws breed great crimes.
Ouida Category: Law
The law: It has honored us; may we honor it.
Daniel Webster Category: Law
A government of laws and not of men. Adams published articles in 1774 in the Boston Massachusetts Gazette using the pseudonym Novanglus. In this paper he credited James Harrington with expressing the idea this way. Harrington described government as the empire of laws and not of men in his 1656 work The Commonwealth of Oceana p. 35 (1771). The phrase gained wider currency when Adams used it in the Massachusetts Constitution Bill of Rights article 30 (1780).Works vol. 4 p. 230.
John Adams Category: Law
I am glad I am an optimist. The pessimist is half-licked before he starts. The optimist has won half the battle the most important half that applies to himself when he begins his approach to a subject with the proper mental attitude. The optimist may not understand or if he understands he may not agree with prevailing ideas; but he believes yes knows that in the long run and in due course there will prevail whatever is right and best.
Thomas A. Buckner Category: Law
No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my own constitution; the only wrong what is against it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Category: Law
It is criminal to steal a purse daring to steal a fortune a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.
Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller Category: Law
A man ought warily to begin charges which once begun will continue.
Francis Bacon Category: Law
Where law ends there tyranny begins.
William Pitt Category: Law
Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.
Jose Ortega y Gasset Category: Law
The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
Francis Vincent Frank Zappa Jr. Category: Law
Wherever Law ends Tyranny begins.
John Locke Category: Law
Law is justice. And it is under the law of justice under the reign of right; under the influence of liberty safety stability and responsibility that every person will attain his real worth and the true dignity of his being. It is only under this law of justice that mankind will achieve slowly no doubt but certainly God's design for the orderly and peaceful progress of humanity.
Claude Frederic Bastiat Category: Law
Where law ends tyranny begins.
William Pitt the Elder Pitt Category: Law
When you break the big laws you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton Category: Law