Selected Quotes about Laws

Where you find the laws most numerous, there you will find also the greatest injustice. -- Arcesilaus

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. -- Aristotle

I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. -- Aristotle

Law is mind without reason. -- Aristotle

Law is order, and good law is good order. -- Aristotle

Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made. -- Otto von Bismarck

Law is the embodiment of the moral sentiment of the people. -- William Blackstone

It was the boast of Augustus that he found Rome of brick and left it of marble. But how much nobler will be the sovereign's boast when he shall have it to say that he found law ... a sealed book and left it a living letter; found it the patrimony of the rich and left it the inheritance of the poor; found it the two-edged sword of craft and oppression and left it the staff of honesty and the shield of innocence. -- Henry Brougham

Law stands mute in the midst of arms. -- Cicero

The people's good is the highest law. -- Cicero

The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong. -- Cicero

When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken. -- Benjamin Disraeli

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population. -- Albert Einstein

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. -- Anatole France

Fragile as reason is and limited as law is as the institutionalised medium of reason, that's all we have between us and the tyranny of mere will and the cruelty of unbridled, undisciplined feelings. -- Felix Frankfurter

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer. -- Robert Frost

Law is order in liberty, and without order liberty is social chaos. -- Archbishop Ireland

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. -- Martin Luther King Jr.

Necessity has no law. -- William Langland

The more laws and order are made prominent,The more thieves and robbers there will be. -- Lao-tzu

The welfare of the people is the ultimate law. -- Salus Populi Suprema Est Lex

Let me not be understood as saying that there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise for the redress of which no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed. -- Abraham Lincoln

Good laws have their origins in bad morals. -- Ambrosius Macrobius

The law is not so much carved in stone as it is written in water, flowing in and out with the tide. -- Jeff Melvoin

A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers. -- H. L. Mencken

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all. -- H. L. Mencken

In the state of nature ... all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law. -- Charles de Montesquieu

What power has law where only money rules. -- Gaius Petronius

Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men, in order to instruct them how they may live on friendly terms with one another, and partly for the sake of those who refuse to be instructed, whose spirit cannot be subdued, or softened, or hindered from plunging into evil. -- Plato

The law must be stable, but it must not stand still. -- Roscoe Pound

Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason. -- Sir John Powell

Ignorance of the law excuses no man: Not that all men know the law, but because 'tis an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to refute him. -- John Selden

Pity is the virtue of the law, and none but tyrants use it cruelly. -- William Shakespeare

The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept. -- William Shakespeare

It is found by experience that admirable laws and right precedents among the good have their origin in the misdeeds of others. -- Cornelius Tacitus

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

The problem with any unwritten law is that you don't know where to go to erase it. -- Glaser and Way

A law is something which must have a moral basis, so that there is an inner compelling force for every citizen to obey. -- Chaim Weizmann

Justice requires that to lawfully constituted Authority there be given that respect and obedience which is its due; that the laws which are made shall be in wise conformity with the common good; and that, as a matter of conscience all men shall render obedience to these laws. -- Pope Pius XI

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

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