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Law quotes (62)

Mastering the lawless science of our law That codeless myriad of precedent That wilderness of single instances.
Lord Alfred Tennyson   Category: Law

Laws were made to be broken.
Christopher North   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

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

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

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

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.
Aleister Crowley   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

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Law

Wherever Law ends Tyranny begins.
John Locke   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

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

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

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

Petty laws breed great crimes.
Ouida   Category: Law

Tell me who admires and loves you and I will tell you who you are.
Charles Augustin Sainte-Beauve   Category: Law

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
Edmund Burke   Category: Law

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
Dr. Samuel Johnson   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

The mills of God grind slow but they grind exceedingly small.
Friedrich von Logau   Category: Law

The law will never make men free it is men that have to make the law free.
Henry David Thoreau   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

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

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
Francis Vincent Frank Zappa Jr.   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

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

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

Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin   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

If the law is upheld only by government officials then all law is at an end.
Herbert Clark Hoover   Category: Law

If we desire respect for the law we must first make the law respectable.
Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis   Category: Law

A law is valuable not because it is law but because there is right in it.
Henry Ward Beecher   Category: Law

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
Earl Warren   Category: Law

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe seldom executed.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Law

You can't legislate intelligence and common sense into people.
Will Rogers   Category: Law

Where law ends there tyranny begins.
William Pitt   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

Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.
Jose Ortega y Gasset   Category: Law

The problem with any unwritten law is that you don't know where to go to erase it.
Unknown   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

A man ought warily to begin charges which once begun will continue.
Francis Bacon   Category: Law

Where law ends tyranny begins.
William Pitt the Elder Pitt   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

Laws grind the poor and rich men rule the law.
Oliver Goldsmith   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

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

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

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

The law: It has honored us; may we honor it.
Daniel Webster   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

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

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

The law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit of the public.
Samuel Johnson   Category: Law

Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu   Category: Law

The more laws the less justice.
Marcus Tullius Cicero   Category: Law

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Law

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

A state is better governed which has but few laws And those laws strictly observed.
Rene Descartes   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