Law Quotes

 A bad settlement, beats a good lawsuit. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality:    
 A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 A fig for those by law protected! Liberty's a glorious feast! Courts for cowards were erected! Churches built to please the priest! 
Author: Robert Burns
Nationality: Scottish
b. 25 January 1759  - d. 21 July 1796
  
 A great many college graduates come here thinking of lawyers as social engineers arguing the great Constitutional issues. 
Author: Archibald Cox, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 17 May 1912  - d. 29 May 2004
  
 A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 A jury consists of twelve person chosen to decide who has the better lawyer. 
Author: Robert Frost
Nationality: American
b. 26 March 1874  - d. 29 January 1963
  
 A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance. 
Author: Herbert Spencer
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1820  - d. 8 December 1903
  
 A law is something which must have a moral basis, so that there is an inner compelling force for every citizen to obey. 
Author: Chaim Azriel Weizman
Nationality: Russian
b. 27 November 1874  - d. 9 November 1952
  
 A law is valuable not because it is law, but because there is right in it. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 A law of nature rules that energy cannot be destroyed. You change its form from coal to steam, from steam to power in the turbine, but you do not destroy energy. In the same way, another law governs human activity and rules that honest effort cannot be lost, but that some day the proper benefits will be forthcoming. 
Author: Paul Speicher
Nationality: American   
 A lawyer is never entirely comfortable with a friendly divorce, anymore than a good mortician wants to finish his job and then have the patient sit up on the table. 
Author: Jean Kerr
Nationality: American
b. 10 July 1923  - d. 5 January 2003
  
 A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path 
Author: Agatha Christie
Nationality: English
b. 15 September 1890  - d. 12 January 1976
  
 A motorcycle functions entirely in accordance with the laws of reason, and a study of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself. 
Author: Robert Maynard Pirsig
Nationality: American
b. December 1928
  
 A person should contemplate the workings of the universe with reverence and introspection. In this way expression is given to the effects of these laws upon his own person. This is the source of a hidden power. 
Tome: I Ching
Nationality: Chinese   
 A state is better governed which has but few laws, and those laws strictly observed. 
Author: Rene Descartes
Nationality: French
b. 31 March 1596  - d. 11 February 1650
  
 A wise architect observed that you could break the laws of architectural art provided you had mastered them first. That would apply to religion as well as to art. Ignorance of the past does not guarantee freedom from its imperfections. 
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 According to aerodynamic laws, the bumblebee cannot fly. Its body weight is not the right proportion to its wingspan. Ignoring these laws, the bee flies anyway. 
Author: M Sainte-Lague
Nationality: American   
 Agitation is the marshalling of the conscience of a nation to mould its laws. 
Author: Robert Peel
Nationality: English
b. 5 February 1788  - d. 2 July 1850
  
 All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. 
Author: Joseph Conrad
Nationality: Polish
b. 3 December 1857  - d. 3 August 1924
  
 All law has for its object to confirm and exalt into a system the exploitation of the workers by the ruling class. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 All these constructions and the laws connecting them can be arrived at by the principle of looking for the mathematically simplest concepts and the link between them. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 America... where law and custom alike Are based upon the dreams of spinsters. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 American couples have gone to such lengths to avoid the interference of in-laws that they have to pay marriage counselors to interfere between them. 
Author: Florence King
Nationality: American
b. 05 January 1936
  
 An incompetent attorney can delay a trial for years or months. A competent attorney can delay one even longer. 
Author: Evelle Jansen Younger
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1918  - d. 4 May 1989
  
 Ancient laws remain in force long after the people have the power to change them. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 And few, I reckon, or rights gainsay In this world of rapine and wrong, Where the weak and the timid seem lawful prey for the resolute and the strong; Fins, furs and feathers, they are and were For our use and pleasure created, We can shoot, and hunt, and angle and snare, Unquestioned, if not unstated. 
Author: Adam Lindsay Gordon
Nationality: Australian
b. 19 October 1833  - d. 24 June 1870
  
 And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. 
Tome: The Bible
Nationality: English   
 Another way to solve the traffic problems of this country is to pass a law that only paid-for cars be allowed to use the highway. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 Any law that takes hold of a man's daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 As laws are necessary that good manners may be preserved, so there is need of good manners that laws may be maintained. 
Author: Niccolò Machiavelli
Nationality: Italian
b. 3 May 1469  - d. 21 June 1527
  
 As long as rulers are above the law, citizens have the same type of freedom that slaves had on days when their masters chose not to beat them. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 As long as there are guns, the individual that wants a gun for a crime is going to have one and going to get it. The only person who's going to be penalized and have difficulty is the law-abiding citizen, who then cannot have [it] if he wants protection - the protection of a weapon in his home, for home protection. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable. 
Author: Raymond Chandler
Nationality: American
b. December 1888  - d.  December 1959
  
 Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people; and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Australia would unquestionably be breaching international law if it followed the United States into a war in Iraq without United Nations backing, and could be sued in the International Court of Justice - ICJ. 
Author: Professor George Williams
Nationality: Australian   
 Avoid law suits beyond all things; they influence your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property. 
Author: Jean de la Bruyère
Nationality: French
b. 16 August 1645  - d. 10 May 1696
  
 Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property. 
Author: Jean de la Bruyère
Nationality: French
b. 16 August 1645  - d. 10 May 1696
  
 Bear in mind that brains and learning, like muscle and physical skill, are articles of commerce. They are bought and sold. You can hire them by the year or by the hour. The only thing in the world not for sale is character. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals. 
Author: Niccolò Machiavelli
Nationality: Italian
b. 3 May 1469  - d. 21 June 1527
  
 Behold the child, by nature's kindly law, pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 Beware of the bald-heads of the law, for there are two men whom you should never go to Court against, unless you are dragged there; one is he who has more money than you have, and the other is he who has no money at all. With the former you may lose even if you are in the right, and with the latter you will lose even if you win. 
Author: K. J. Back
Nationality: English   
 Blue laws once frowned on Sunday labor, also loud recreation, unseemly dress, and any 'deportment inconsistent with proper reverence,' and those laws still frown but do it in private, in the book of old ordinances, in a section unread for many years. 
Author: Garrison Edward Keillor
Nationality: American
b. 7 August 1942
  
 But remember please, the Law by which we live, we are not built to comprehend a lie, we can neither love nor pity nor forgive. If you make a slip in handling us you die. 
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Nationality: English
b. 30 December 1865  - d. 18 January 1936
  
 But the man he said, 'You boast that all the English laws are fair. Long have I heard such tales, they seem like dust upon the air, for the English sent my father here for the shooting of a hare'. 
Author: John Shaw Neilson
Nationality: Australian
b. 22 February 1872  - d. 12 May 1942
  
 Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Chase after truth like hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 Christianity is part of the Common Law of England. 
Author: Sir Matthew Hale
Nationality: English
b. December 1609  - d.  December 1676
  
 Citizens are supposed to assume that a change in the name of the ruler, or a switch in the party in charge, automatically suspends the laws of political probability. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Conservation is ethically sound. It is rooted in our love of the land, our respect for the rights of others, our devotion to the rule of law. 
Author: Lyndon Johnson
Nationality: American   
 Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law. 
Author: Louis Brandeis
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1856  - d. 5 October 1941
  
 Criminals do not die by the hands of the law; they die by the hands of other men. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Critics are by no means the end of the law. Do not think all is over with you because you articles are rejected. It may be that the editor has his drawer full, or that he does not know enough to appreciate you, or you have not gained a reputation, or he is not in a mood to be pleased. A critic's judgment is like that of any intelligent person. If he has experience, he is capable of judging whether a book will sell. That is all. 
Author: Lavina Goodell
Nationality: British   
 Custom is another law. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: British   
 Custom, that unwritten law, By which the people keep even kings in awe. 
Author: Charles Davenant
Nationality: English
b. December 1656  - d.  December 1714
  
 Damn the laws of England! I make the laws and every son of a bitch shall be governed by them. 
Author: William Bligh
Nationality: English
b. 9 September 1754  - d. 7 December 1817
  
 Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 Desire nothing, Chafe not at fate, nor at Nature's changeless laws. But struggle only with the personal, the transitory, the evanescent and the perishable. 
Author: H. P. Blavatsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 July 1831  - d. 8 May 1891
  
 Dissent does not include the freedom to destroy the system of law which guarantees freedom to speak, assemble and march in protest. Dissent is not anarchy. 
Author: Seymour F. Simon
Nationality: American
b. 10 August 1915  - d. 26 September 2006
  
 Education is the instruction of the intellect in the laws of Nature. 
Author: Thomas Henry Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 4 May 1825  - d. 29 June 1895
  
 Elle Woods: This is what I need to become! Old Lady at Manicurist: What? Practically deformed? Elle Woods: No, a law student! 
Movie: Legally Blonde
Nationality: American
Released: December 2001
  
 Elle's Mother: Honey, you were First Runner-Up at the 'Miss Hawaiian Tropics' contest. Why are you going to throw that all away? Elle Woods: Going to Harvard is the only way I'm going to get the love of my life back. Elle's Father: Oh, sweetheart, you don't need law school. Law school is for people who are boring and ugly and serious. And you, button, are none of those things. 
Movie: Legally Blonde
Nationality: American
Released: December 2001
  
 Engineering is an activity other than purely manual and physical work which brings about the utilization of the materials and laws of nature for the good of humanity. 
Author: R. E. Hellmund
Nationality: American
b. December 1929
  
 English Law prohibits a man from marrying his mother-in-law. This is our idea of useless legislation. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Equal laws protecting equal rights... the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to? 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Even when the laws have been written down, they ought not always remain unchanged. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Every law has a loophole. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Every law is an infraction of liberty. 
Author: Jeremy Bentham
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1748  - d. 6 June 1832
  
 Every ruler is harsh whose laws is new. 
Author: Aeschylus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 525  - d.  December 456
  
 Every so often, we pass laws repealing human nature. 
Author: Howard Lindsay
Nationality: American
b. 29 March 1889  - d. 11 February 1968
  
 Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is also true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Everything in space obeys the laws of physics. If you know these laws, and obey them, space will treat you kindly. And don't tell me man doesn't belong out there. Man belongs where he wants to go - and he'll do plenty well when he gets there. 
Author: Wernher von Braun
Nationality: American
b. 23 March 1912  - d. 16 June 1977
  
 Except by the lawful judgement of his peers and by the law of the land. 
Document: Magna Carta
Nationality: English   
 Father! no prophet's laws I seek, - Thy laws in Nature's works appear; - I own myself corrupt and weak, Yet will I pray, for thou wilt hear. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 Few laws are of universal application. It is of the nature of our law that it has dealt not with man in general, but with him in relationships. 
Author: Louis Brandeis
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1856  - d. 5 October 1941
  
 For hate is not conquered by hate: hate is conquered by love. This is a law eternal. 
Tome: The Dhammapada
Nationality: American   
 For those concerned about what the Secret Service may observe or hear in the course of their duties, there is a fairly simple answer, one found in the Constitution: the president should 'take care that the laws be faithfully executed.' 
Author: Dan Quayle
Nationality: American
b. 4 February 1947
  
 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. 
Author: Felix Frankfurter
Nationality: American
b. 15 November 1882  - d. 22 February 1965
  
 Freedom is the only law which genius knows. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 From one Soul of the Universe are all Souls derived. . .Of these Souls there are many changes, some into a more fortunate estate, and some quite contrary. . .Not all human souls but only the pious ones are divine. Once separated from the body, and after the struggle to acquire piety, which consists in knowing God and injuring none, such a soul becomes all intelligence. The impious soul, however, punishes itself by seeking a human body to enter into, for no other body can receive a human soul; it cannot enter the body of an animal devoid of reason. Divine law preserves the human soul from such infamy. . .The soul passeth from form to form; and the mansions of her pilgrimage are manifold. Thou puttest off thy bodies as raiment; and as vesture dost thou fold them up. Thou art from old, O Soul of Man; yea, thou art from everlasting. 
Author: Hermes
Nationality: American   
 From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life. 
Author: Anais Nin
Nationality: American
b. 21 February 1903  - d. 14 January 1977
  
 Generally the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories. 
Author: Felix Solomon Cohen
Nationality: American
b. 03 July 1907  - d. 19 October 1953
  
 Give no bounties: make equal laws: secure life and prosperity and you need not give alms. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 God works wonders now and then; Behold! A Lawyer, an honest Man! 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Good laws have their origins in bad morals. 
Author: Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius
Nationality: Roman
b. December 395  - d.  December 423
  
 Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 Government and co-operation are in all things the laws of life: anarchy and competition, the laws of death. 
Author: Walter Winchell
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1897  - d. 20 February 1972
  
 Harmony is one phase of the law whose spiritual expression is love. 
Author: James L. Allen
Nationality: American
b. December 1849  - d.  December 1925
  
 He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law 
Author: Henry Ford
Nationality: American
b. 30 July 1863  - d. 7 April 1947
  
 His [Leo McKern] great achievement was to create a lawyer the world could love. 
Author: Geoffrey Robertson
Nationality: Australian
b. 30 September 1946
  
 Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread. 
Author: Josh Billings
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1818  - d. 14 October 1885
  
 How small, of all that human hearts endure, That part which laws or kings can cause or cure. 
Author: Oliver Goldsmith
Nationality: British
b. 10 November 1730  - d. 4 April 1774
  
 How to Become a Man of Genius: Woman exists, in D. H. Lawrence's philosophy, only as something soft and fat to rest the hero when he returns from his labours. Civilized societies have been learning to see something more than this in women; Lawrence will have nothing of civilization. He scours the world for what is ancient and dark and loves the traces of Aztec cruelty in Mexico. Young men, who had been learning to behave, naturally read him with delight and go round practicing cave-man stuff so far as the usages of polite society will permit. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 I am a trial lawyer... Matilda says that at dinner on a good day I sound like an affidavit. 
Author: Mario Cuomo
Nationality: American
b. 15 June 1932
  
 I am as free as nature first made man, Ere the base laws of servitude began, When wild in woods the noble savage ran. 
Author: John Dryden
Nationality: English
b. 19 August 1631  - d. 12 May 1700
  
 I am never to act without willing that the maxim by which I act should become a universal law. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 I deny the lawfulness of telling a lie to a sick man for fear of alarming him; you have no business with consequences you are to tell the truth. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hand of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to forment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation... Men of sense in all ages abhor those customs which treat us only as the vassals of your sex; regard us then as being placed by Providence under your protection, and in imitation of the Supreme Being make use of that power only for our happiness. 
Author: Abigail Adams
Nationality: American
b. 11 December 1744  - d. 28 October 1818
  
 I don't trouble my spirit to vindicate itself or be understood; I see that the elementary laws never apologize. 
Author: Walt Whitman
Nationality: American
b. 31 May 1819  - d. 26 March 1892
  
 I had grown tired of standing in the lean and lonely front line facing the greatest enemy that ever confronted man-public opinion. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 I have not broken the faith or betrayed your trust and I never, ever will. And anybody who knows me knows that what you hear with John Laws is exactly what you get.  
Author: John Laws
Nationality: Australian
b. 8 August 1935
  
 I have suffered from being misunderstood, but I would have suffered a hell of a lot more if I had been understood. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: Australian
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effectual as their strict construction. 
Author: Ulysses S. Grant
Nationality: American
b. 27 April 1822  - d. 23 July 1885
  
 I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us- everything that exists - proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision. 
Author: Thomas Alva Edison
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1847  - d. 18 October 1931
  
 I never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with a lot of pleasure. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 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. 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 I think it is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises - but only performance is reality. 
Author: Harold S. Geneen
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1910  - d. 21 November 1997
  
 I think that much of our trouble comes from accepting the premise - becoming ever more firmly embedded in law) that a corporation is a person, with an individual's 'rights' and 'privileges'. I don't believe that an amoral entity with a profit-making agenda should be considered a 'person'. Corporations defend their rights to advertise and monopolize the media as 'freedom of expression'. How would society look if corporations weren't accorded these 'rights'? 
Author: John Ralston Saul
Nationality: Canadian
b. 19 June 1947
  
 I think that there are more loyal Rumpole fans in America than there are in England. America's much bigger, of course, and there are many more lawyers - practically every third person's a lawyer. I've had constant offers to Americanize Rumpole - to do what they did to 'Till Death Us Do Part,' which became Archie Bunker. Though they've offered me large sums of money, I've always thought it's ridiculous. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 I tried to walk a line between acting lawfully and testifying falsely, but I now realize that I did not fully accomplish that goal 
Author: Bill Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1946
  
 I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law. 
Author: Martin Luther King Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 15 January 1929  - d. 4 April 1968
  
 I was a wealthy divorce lawyer until a gypsy put a curse on me and gave me a conscience. 
Author: Bizarro
Nationality: American
b. December 1967
  
 If a law were passed giving six months to every writer of a first book, only the good ones would do it. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 If I'm designed yon lordling's slave- By Nature's law designed- Why was an independent wish E'er planted in my mind? 
Author: Robert Burns
Nationality: Scottish
b. 25 January 1759  - d. 21 July 1796
  
 If it were natural for father to care for their sons, they would not need so many laws commanding them to do so. 
Author: Phyllis Chesler
Nationality: American
b. 1 October 1940
  
 If marriage were outlawed, only outlaws would have in-laws. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law, every man can. That means first chaos, then tyranny. Legal process is an essential part of the democratic process. 
Author: Felix Frankfurter
Nationality: American
b. 15 November 1882  - d. 22 February 1965
  
 If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation. 
Author: Abigail Adams
Nationality: American
b. 11 December 1744  - d. 28 October 1818
  
 If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. 
Author: Charles Darwin
Nationality: English
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1882
  
 If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame. 
Author: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
b. 28 September 551  - d.  December 479
  
 If there were no bad people there would be no good lawyers. 
Author: Charles Dickens
Nationality: English
b. 7 February 1812  - d. 9 June 1870
  
 If we are but sure the end is right, we are too apt to gallop over all bounds to compass it; not considering the lawful ends may be very unlawfully attained. 
Author: William Penn
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1644  - d. 30 June 1718
  
 If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable. 
Author: Louis Brandeis
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1856  - d. 5 October 1941
  
 If you ask is Australia justified as a matter of law in joining unilateral action in Iraq, the answer is clearly and unequivocally no. Its no because there has not been a Security Council resolution that could justify such a conflict, and clearly self-defense of Australia is not at stake. Unlike the US, which has never submitted itself to the jurisdiction of the ICJ, Australia could potentially be sued by Iraq or 'some other country' that's been affected. 
Author: Professor George Williams
Nationality: Australian   
 If you love the law and you love good sausage, don't watch either of them being made. 
Author: Betty Talmadge
Nationality: Australian   
 Ignorance of the law is no excuse. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Australian   
 In a number of cases dissenting opinions have in time become the law. 
Author: Charles Evans Hughes
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1862  - d. 27 August 1948
  
 In a thousand pounds of law there is not an ounce of love. 
Author: John Ray
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1627  - d. 17 January 1705
  
 In all things there is a law of cycles. 
Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 56  - d.  December 117
  
 In any country there must be people who have to die.They are the sacrifices any nation has to make to achieve law and order. 
Author: Idi Amin
Nationality: Ugandan
b. December 1920
  
 In civil jurisprudence it too often happens that there is so much law, there is no room for justice, and that the claimant expires of wrong, in the midst of right, as mariners die of thirst in the midst of water. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 In everyday things the law of sacrifice takes the form of positive duty. 
Author: James A. Froude
Nationality: English
b. 23 April 1818  - d. 20 October 1894
  
 In fact, monotony is the law of Nature. Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises! 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 In law nothing is certain but expense. 
Author: Samuel Butler
Nationality: English
b. 4 December 1835  - d. 18 June 1902
  
 In our judgement of human transactions, the law of optics is reversed; we see the most indistinctly the objects which are close around us. 
Author: Richard Whately
Nationality: English
b. 1 February 1787  - d. 8 October 1863
  
 In plain words, Chaos was the law of nature Order was the dream of man. 
Author: Henry Brooks Adams
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1838  - d. 27 March 1918
  
 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. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 In this age of the rule of brute force, it is almost impossible for anyone to believe that any one else could possibly reject the law of the final supremacy of brute force. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools. 
Author: Doris Lessing
Nationality: British
b. 22 October 1919
  
 It ain't no sin to crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don't break any. 
Author: Mae West
Nationality: American
b. 17 August 1892  - d. 22 November 1980
  
 It is a law of nature that faint-hearted men should be the fruit of luxurious countries, for we never find that the same soil produces delicacies and heroes. 
Author: Herodotus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 484  - d.  December 425
  
 It is almost 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 difference between right and wrong. 
Author: Anatole France
Nationality: French
b. 16 April 1844  - d. 12 October 1924
  
 It is an inexorable Law of Nature that bad must follow good, that decline must follow a rise. To feel that we can rest on our achievements is a dangerous fallacy. Inner strength can overcome anything that occurs outside. 
Tome: I Ching
Nationality: Chinese   
 It is found by experience that admirable laws and right precedents among the good have their origin in the misdeeds of others. 
Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 56  - d.  December 117
  
 It is hard to say whether the doctors of law or divinity have made the greater advances in the lucrative business of mystery. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has no equality. Its soverign law is subordination and dependence. 
Author: Marquis de Vauvenargues Luc de Clapiers
Nationality: French
b. 6 August 1715  - d. 28 May 1747
  
 It is psychological law that whatever we desire to accomplish we must impress upon the subjective or subconscious mind. 
Author: Orison S. Marden
Nationality: American
b. December 1850  - d.  December 1924
  
 It is the law of our humanity that man must know good through evil. No great principle ever triumphed but through much evil. No man ever progressed to greatness and goodness but through great mistakes. 
Author: Frederick W. Robertson
Nationality: English
b. 03 February 1816  - d. 15 August 1853
  
 It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive. 
Author: Earl Warren
Nationality: American
b. December 1891  - d.  December 1974
  
 It is with government as with medicine, its only business is the choice of evils. Every law is an evil, for every law is an infraction of liberty. 
Author: Jeremy Bentham
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1748  - d. 6 June 1832
  
 It little profits that an idle king, By this still hearth, among these barren crags, Match'd with an aged wife, I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race. 
Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson
Nationality: English
b. 6 August 1809  - d. 6 October 1892
  
 It much grieves me that I should be noted a traitor when I always had your laws on my breast, and that I should be a sacramentary. God he knoweth the truth, and that I am of the one and the other guiltless. 
Author: Thomas Cromwell
Nationality: English
b. December 1485  - d.  December 1540
  
 It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 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. 
Author: Lord Henry Brougham
Nationality: English
b. December 1778  - d.  December 1868
  
 It was very much a law designed with a lot of political agenda behind it, very much directed against the media, and it's a law that I don't think a lot of journalists would be comfortable with because on the other side, it's quite proper for a juror to approach the media without a fee and deliver the story. 
Author: Richard Ackland
Nationality: Australian   
 It's a phony issue. To pretend the death penalty is going to end crime in the United States is to fool people, to promote public ignorance. 
Author: Rudolph Giuliani
Nationality: American
b. 28 May 1944
  
 Jews can't serve on juries because they insist they're guilty. 
Author: Cathy Ladman
Nationality: American
b. December 1955
  
 Jews were the first to believe that history itself has meaning and that progress, not repetition, is the law of life.  
Author: Barbara Ward
Nationality: English
b. 23 May 1914  - d. 31 May 1981
  
 John Brown did not recognize unjust human laws, but resisted them as he was bid. For once we are lifted out of the trivialness and dust of politics into the region of truth and manhood. No man in America has ever stood up so persistently and efffectively for the dignity of human nature... 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Just laws are no restraint upon the freedom of the good, for the good man desires nothing which a just law will interfere with. 
Author: James A. Froude
Nationality: English
b. 23 April 1818  - d. 20 October 1894
  
 Just to the windward of the law. 
Author: Charles Churchill
Nationality: English
b. February 1731  - d. 4 November 1764
  
 Justice and judgement lie often a world apart. 
Author: Emmeline Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. December 1858  - d.  December 1928
  
 Justice is the firm and continuous desire to render to everyone that which is his due. 
Author: Justinian I
Nationality: Roman
b. December 483  - d.  December 565
  
 Justice requires that to lawfully constituted Literatureity 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. 
Author: Pope Pius XI
Nationality: Italian
b. 31 May 1857  - d. 10 February 1939
  
 Knowledge is convertible into power, and axioms into rules of utility and duty. But knowledge itself is not Power. Wisdom is Power; and her Prime Minister is Justice, which is the perfected law of Truth. 
Author: Albert Pike
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1809  - d. 2 April 1891
  
 Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. 
Author: Martin Luther King Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 15 January 1929  - d. 4 April 1968
  
 Law is a form of order, and good law must necessarily mean good order. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Law is intelligence, whose natural function it is to command right conduct and forbid wrongdoing. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Law is mind without reason. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Law is order in liberty, and without order liberty is social chaos. 
Author: Archbishop John Ireland
Nationality: American
b. 11 September 1838  - d. 25 September 1918
  
 Law is order, and good law is good order. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Law is the embodiment of the moral sentiment of the people. 
Author: Sir William Blackstone
Nationality: English
b. 10 July 1723  - d. 14 February 1780
  
 Law means good order. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Law should be like death, which spares no one. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Law stands mute in the midst of arms. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Lawless are they that make their wills their law. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy. 
Author: Thurgood Marshall
Nationality: American
b. 2 July 1908  - d. 24 January 1993
  
 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. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Laws are essential emanations from the self-poised character of God; they radiate from the sun to the circling edge of creation. Verily, the mighty Lawgiver hath subjected himself unto laws. 
Author: Martin Farquhar Tupper
Nationality: English
b. 17 July 1810  - d.  November 1889
  
 Laws are felt only when the individual comes into conflict with them. 
Author: Suzanne Clara La Follette
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1893  - d. 23 April 1983
  
 Laws are generally not understood b 
Author: Lord Halifax
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1881  - d. 23 December 1959
  
 Laws are like spider's webs, which stand firm when any light, yielding object falls upon them, while a larger thing breaks through them and escapes. 
Author: Solon
Nationality: Athenian
b. December 638  - d.  December 558
  
 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. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped, but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Laws should be interpreted in a liberal sense so that their intention may be preserved. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Laws do not persuade just because they threaten. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law. 
Author: Oliver Goldsmith
Nationality: British
b. 10 November 1730  - d. 4 April 1774
  
 Laws should be like clothes. They should be made to fit the people they are meant to serve. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: British
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 Laws that do not embody public opinion can never be enforced. 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out as a sausage. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out as a sausage. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Lawyers are... operators of the toll bridge which anyone in search of justice must pass. 
Author: Jane Bryant Quinn
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1939
  
 Kip Lurie: Lawyers should never marry other lawyers. This is called 'inbreeding,' from which comes idiot children and more lawyers. 
Movie: Adam's Rib
Nationality: American
Released: December 1949
  
 Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 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. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 Liberty and happiness have a powerful enemy on each hand; on the one hand tyranny, on the other licentiousness anarchy. To guard against the latter, it is necessary to give the proper powers to government; and to guard against the former, it is necessary that those powers should be properly distributed. 
Author: James Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1742  - d. 21 August 1798
  
 Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by the law. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Look abroad through Nature's range, Nature's mighty law is change. 
Author: Robert Burns
Nationality: Scottish
b. 25 January 1759  - d. 21 July 1796
  
 Lysander said that the law spoke too softly to be heard in such a noise of war. 
Author: Archimedes
Nationality: Greek
b. December 287  - d.  December 212
  
 Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Mark what unvaried laws preserve each state, Laws wise as Nature, and as fixed as Fate. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 Maxims are like lawyers who must need to see but one side of the case. 
Author: Gelett Burgess
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1866  - d. 18 September 1951
  
 Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other. 
Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Nationality: Russian
b. 29 January 1860  - d. 15 July 1904
  
 Men are men before they are lawyers, or physicians, or merchants, or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible men, they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers or physicians. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 Men of most renowned virtue have sometimes by transgressing most truly kept the law. 
Author: John Milton
Nationality: English
b. 9 December 1608  - d. 8 November 1674
  
 Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature. 
Author: C. S. Lewis
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1898  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Money was made, not to command our will, But all our lawful pleasures to fulfil. Shame and woe to us, if we our wealth obey; The horse doth with the horseman away. 
Author: Abraham Cowley
Nationality: English
b. December 1618  - d. 28 July 1667
  
 Murder and killing on the roads apparently doesn't matter, but parking in the wrong place evidently does. 
Author: Justice McClemens
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1905  - d.  December 1975
  
 My mother-in-law broke up my marriage. My wife came home from work one day and found me in bed with her. 
Author: Lenny Bruce
Nationality: American
b. 13 October 1925  - d. 3 August 1966
  
 My mother-in-law had a pain beneath her left breast. Turned out to be a trick knee. 
Author: Phyllis Diller
Nationality: American
b. 17 July 1917  - d. 20 August 2012
  
 My word is law here. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 In N.S.W., the only judges politicians can safely talk to these days are touch judges. 
Author: Kevin Stewart
Nationality: Australian
b. 20 September 1928  - d. 22 August 2006
  
 Nature never breaks her own laws. 
Author: Leonardo da Vinci
Nationality: Italian
b. 15 April 1452  - d. 02 May 1519
  
 Nature, and Nature's laws lay hid in night: God said, Let Newton be! and all was light. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 Necessity has no law. 
Author: Publilius Syrus
Nationality: Syrian
b. December 85  - d.  December 43
  
 Necessity knows no law except to conquer. 
Author: Publilius Syrus
Nationality: Syrian
b. December 85  - d.  December 43
  
 Neither your life nor my life, nor the future of this country, will be affected in the slightest by whether Linda Tripp is naughty or nice. But if any president is able to commit crimes with impunity by using the vast powers and perquisites of his office to cover up, then we will have a danger of corruption and abuse of power that can only grow with the passing years and generations. 
Author: Thomas Sowell
Nationality: American
b. 30 June 1930
  
 No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 No law reaches it, but all right-minded people observe it. 
Author: Nicolas Chamfort
Nationality: French
b. 6 April 1741  - d. 13 April 1794
  
 No laws are binding on the human subject which assault the body or violate the conscience. 
Author: Sir William Blackstone
Nationality: English
b. 10 July 1723  - d. 14 February 1780
  
 No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor. 
Author: Teddy Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1858  - d. 6 January 1919
  
 No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it. 
Author: Thomas Hobbes
Nationality: English
b. 5 April 1588  - d. 4 December 1679
  
 No nation, no matter how enlightened, can endure criminal violence. If we cannot control it, we are admitting to the world and to ourselves that our laws are no more than a façade that crumbles when the winds of crisis rise. 
Author: Alan Biole
Nationality: English   
 No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: English
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. 
Author: Sophocles
Nationality: Greek
b. December 496  - d.  December 406
  
 Nor is there any law more just, than that he who has plotted death shall perish by his own plot. 
Author: Ovid
Nationality: Roman
b. December 43  - d.  December 17
  
 Normally a grand jury will indict a ham sandwich if a prosecutor asks it to. 
Author: Chuck Spittal Robb
Nationality: American
b. 26 June 1939
  
 Nothing is impossible to the man who can will, and then do; this is the only law of success. 
Author: Comte de Mirabeau Honoré Gabriel Riqueti
Nationality: French
b. 9 March 1749  - d. 2 April 1791
  
 Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Nothing travels faster than the speed of light except for bad news, which obeys its own special laws. 
Author: Douglas Adams
Nationality: English
b. 11 March 1952  - d. 11 May 2001
  
 Nuclear physics is much easier than tax law. It's rational and always works the same way. 
Author: Jerold Rochwald
Nationality: English   
 Numbers written on restaurant bills within the confines of restaurants do not follow the same mathematical laws as numbers written on any other pieces of paper in any other parts of the Universe. This single statement took the scientific world by storm. It completely revolutionized it. So many mathematical conferences got held in such good restaurants that many of the finest minds of a generation died of obesity and heart failure and the science of math was put back by years. 
Author: Douglas Adams
Nationality: English
b. 11 March 1952  - d. 11 May 2001
  
 One law for the rich, and another for the poor. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 One of the Seven was wont to say: 'That laws were like cobwebs; where the small flies were caught, and the great break through'. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 One should rest when it is time to rest and act when it is time to act. True resting and putting to rest are attained through the disappearance of the ego, which leads to the harmony of one's behavior with the laws of the universe. 
Tome: I Ching
Nationality: Chinese   
 One universe made up all that is; and one God in it all, and one principle of being, and one law, the reason shared by all thinking creatures, and one truth. 
Author: Marcus Aurelius
Nationality: Roman
b. 26 April 121  - d. 17 March 180
  
 Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Order is Heavens' first law. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence. 
Author: Saint Augustine
Nationality: Numidian
b. 13 November 354  - d. 28 August 430
  
 If you want good laws, burn those you have and make new ones. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 Our fellow-countrymen in chains! Slaves - in a land of light and law! Slaves - crouching on the very plains Where rolled the storms of Freedom's war! 
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
Nationality: American
b. 17 December 1807  - d. 7 September 1892
  
 Our human laws are but the copies, more or less imperfect, of the eternal laws, so far as we can read them. 
Author: James A. Froude
Nationality: English
b. 23 April 1818  - d. 20 October 1894
  
 Our law very often reminds one of those outskirts of cities where you cannot for a long time tell how the streets come to wind about in so capricious and serpent-like a manner. At last it strikes you that they grew up, house by house, on the devious tracks of the old green lanes; and if you follow on to the existing fields, you may often find the change half complete. 
Author: Walter Bagehot
Nationality: English
b. 3 February 1826  - d. 28 March 1877
  
 What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 Petty laws breed great crimes. 
Author: Ouida
Nationality: English
b. 1 January 1839  - d. 25 January 1908
  
 Philosophy is the art and law of life, and it teaches us what to do in all cases, and, like good marksmen, to hit the white at any distance. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 Pity is the virture of the law, and none but tyrants use it cruelly. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Possession is eleven points in the law. 
Author: Colley Cibber
Nationality: British
b. 11 June 1671  - d. 12 November 1757
  
 Pray, n: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Pray, v. To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion. 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 Rather than a democracy, we increasingly have an elective dictatorship. People are merely permitted to choose who will violate the laws and the Constitution. 
Author: James Bovard
Nationality: American
b. December 1956
  
 Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to the more ought law to weed it out. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Science consists in grouping facts so that general laws or conclusions may be drawn from them. 
Author: Charles Darwin
Nationality: English
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1882
  
 Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws -- a thing which can never be demonstrated. 
Author: Tryon Edwards
Nationality: American
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1894
  
 Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of the few; and number not voices, but weigh them. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Senator: Person who makes laws in Washington when not doing time. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Shame may restrain what law does not prohibit. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 Since 'tis Nature's law to change, Constancy alone is strange. 
Author: 2nd Earl of Rochester John Wilmot
Nationality: English
b. 1 April 1647  - d. 26 July 1680
  
 So the question is, do corporate executives, provided they stay within the law, have responsibilities in their business activities other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible? And my answer to that is, no they do not. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 Society is like a lawn where every roughness is smoothed, every bramble eradicated, and where the eye is delighted by the smiling verdure of a velvet surface. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them. 
Author: Edgar Watson Howe
Nationality: American
b. 3 May 1853  - d. 3 October 1937
  
 Still you keep o' the windy side of the law. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 Swift justice demands more than just swiftness. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 That law may be set down as good which is certain in meaning, just in precept, convenient in execution, agreeable to the form of government, and productive of virtue in those that live under it. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 That very law which moulds a tear, And bids it trickle from the source, That law preserves the earth a sphere, And guides the planets in their course. 
Author: Samuel Rogers
Nationality: English
b. 30 July 1763  - d. 18 December 1855
  
 That we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us - that we should respect the rights of others as scrupulously as we would have our rights respected - is not a mere counsel of perfection to individuals - but it is the laws to which we must conform social institutions and national policy, if we would secure the blessings and abundance of peace. 
Author: Henry George
Nationality: American
b. 2 September 1839  - d. 2 October 1897
  
 The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference. 
Author: Bess Myerson
Nationality: American
b. December 1924
  
 The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 The brain may devise laws for the blood; But a hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree: such a hare is madness the youth, to skip over the meshes of good counsel, the cripple. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. 
Author: Thomas Henry Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 4 May 1825  - d. 29 June 1895
  
 The Conservatives... being by the law of their existence the stupidest party. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 The Constitution is not a panacea for every blot upon the public welfare, nor should this Court, ordained as a judicial body, be thought of as a general haven for reform movements. 
Author: John Marshall Harlan
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1833  - d. 14 October 1911
  
 The Constitution of the United States is not a mere lawyers' document; it is a vehicle of life, and its spirit is always the spirit of the age. 
Author: Nadia Boulanger
Nationality: French
b. 16 September 1887  - d. 22 October 1979
  
 The custom and fashion of today will be the awkwardness and outrage of tomorrow-so arbitrary are these transient laws. 
Author: Alexandre Dumas
Nationality: French
b. 24 July 1803  - d. 5 December 1870
  
 The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 The double law of attraction and radiation or of sympathy And antipathy, of fixedness and movement, which is the principle of Creation, and the perpetual cause of life. 
Author: Albert Pike
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1809  - d. 2 April 1891
  
 The English gave Australia its laws, the Scots its money and the Irish its humour. 
Author: Edmund Campion
Nationality: American   
 The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue. 
Author: Oliver Goldsmith
Nationality: British
b. 10 November 1730  - d. 4 April 1774
  
 The fewer laws there are in a given world, the nearer it is to the will of the absolute; the more laws there are in a given world, the greater the mechanicalness, the further it is from the will of the absolute. 
Author: Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff
Nationality: Armenia
b. 13 January 1866  - d. 29 October 1949
  
 The fundamental laws are in the long run merely statements that every event is itself and not some different event. 
Author: C. S. Lewis
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1898  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that the end justifies the means to declare that the government may commit crimes would bring terrible retribution. 
Author: Louis Brandeis
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1856  - d. 5 October 1941
  
 The grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older, and societies better. 
Author: Christian Nestell Bovee
Nationality: American
b. December 1820  - d.  December 1904
  
 The great lawyer who employs his talent and his learning in the highly emunerative task of enabling a very wealthy client to override or circumvent the law is doing all that in him lies to encourage the growth in the country of a spirit of dumb anger against all laws and of disbelief in their efficacy. 
Author: Teddy Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1858  - d. 6 January 1919
  
 The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 The innkeeper loves the drunkard, but not for a son-in-law. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 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. 
Author: Douglas William Jerrold
Nationality: English
b. 03 January 1803  - d. 08 June 1857
  
 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. 
Author: Robert Bolt
Nationality: British
b. 15 August 1924  - d. 12 February 1995
  
 The Law is reason, free from Passion. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 The law is the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixate, but shift from generation to generation. 
Author: Brooks Adams
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1848  - d. 13 February 1927
  
 The law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit of the public. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow.Sow an act, and you reap a habit.Sow a habit and you reap a character.Sow a character and you reap a destiny. 
Author: James L. Allen
Nationality: American
b. December 1849  - d.  December 1925
  
 The law of the realm cannot be changed but by Parliament. 
Author: Edward Coke
Nationality: English
b. 1 February 1552  - d. 3 September 1633
  
 The Law of Win/Win says, ''Let's not do it your way or my way; let's do it the best way. 
Author: Greg Anderson
Nationality: American   
 The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it. 
Author: Bertolt Brecht
Nationality: German
b. 10 February 1898  - d. 14 August 1956
  
 The Laws of Nature are such that things at their peak must decline and those at their lowest point must rise up, just as the sun and moon follow one another ceaselessly through the skies. Man also follows these Laws. 
Tome: I Ching
Nationality: Chinese   
 The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular. 
Author: Edward Gibbon
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1737  - d. 16 January 1794
  
 The laws of this country will, of course, be introduced in New South Wales, and there is one that I wish to take place from the moment his Majesty's forces take possession of the country: That there can be no slavery in a free land, and consequently no slaves. 
Author: Arthur Phillip
Nationality: British
b. 11 October 1738  - d. 31 August 1814
  
 The laws that Charondas gave to Catana,... A man might divorce his wife, or a wife her husband, said Charondas, but then he or she must not marry anyone younger than the divorced mate. 
Author: Will Durant
Nationality: American
b. 05 November 1885  - d. 07 November 1981
  
 The man who fights for his fellow-man is a better man than the one who fights for himself. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 The mass of the people have nothing to do with the laws but to obey them. 
Author: Bishop Samuel Horsley
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1733  - d. 4 October 1806
  
 The members of the jury looked decent, intelligent people, but hardly those I would acknowledge as my peers. My particular peer group had enough wit and guile to avoid jury service at all times. 
Author: Harry M. Miller
Nationality: Australian
b. 06 January 1934
  
 The more taboos and restrictions there are in the world The poorer the people will be.... The more laws and regulations are made prominent, The more thieves and robbers there will be. 
Author: Laozi
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 604  - d.  December 531
  
 The most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against wacking them around a little. 
Author: Joe Martin
Nationality: Chinese   
 The only people helped by the death tax are lawyers, accountants, and IRS agents. 
Author: Bob Schaffer
Nationality: American
b. 24 July 1962
  
 The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 The people must fight for their laws as for their walls. 
Author: Heraclitus of Ephesus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 540  - d.  December 480
  
 The people's good is the highest law. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 The plaintiff and defendant in an action at law, are like two men ducking their heads in a bucket, and daring each other to remain longest under water. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 The power to tax involves the power to destroy. 
Author: John Marshall
Nationality: American
b. December 1755  - d.  December 1835
  
 The prince is not above the laws, But the laws above the prince. 
Author: Pliny the Younger
Nationality: Roman
b. December 61  - d.  December 112
  
 The prince who kept the world in awe, The judge whose dictate fix'd the law; The rich, the poor, the great, the small, Are levelled; death confounds 'em all. 
Author: John Gay
Nationality: English
b. 30 June 1685  - d. 4 December 1732
  
 The prohibition law, written for weaklings and derelicts, has divided the nation, like Gaul, into three parts - wets, drys and hypocrites. 
Author: Florence Sabin
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1871  - d. 03 October 1953
  
 The sage, who is living outside the routine of the world, contemplates his own character, not as an isolated ego manifestation, but in relation to the laws of life. He judges freedom from blame to be the highest good. 
Tome: I Ching
Nationality: Chinese   
 The search for static security - in the law and elsewhere - is misguided. The fact is security can only be achieved through constant change, adapting old ideas that have outlived their usefulness to current facts. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 The sins of the fathers are often visited upon the sons-in-law. 
Author: Joan Kiser
Nationality: American   
 The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice. 
Author: Terence
Nationality: Roman
b. December 185  - d.  December 159
  
 The three fundamental Rules of Robotics... We have: 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. And three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws. 
Author: Isaac Asimov
Nationality: Russian
b. 2 January 1920  - d. 6 April 1992
  
 The transformation of pain to aversion is a fundamental law of the soul. 
Author: Friedrich von Schiller
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1759  - d. 09 May 1805
  
 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. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 The uglier a man's legs are, the better he plays golf. It's almost a law. 
Author: H. G. Wells
Nationality: English
b. 21 September 1866  - d. 13 August 1946
  
 The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced. 
Author: Frank Zappa
Nationality: American
b. 21 December 1940  - d. 4 December 1993
  
 The urgent consideration of the public safety may undoubtedly Literatureize the violation of every positive law. How far that or any other consideration may operate to dissolve the natural obligations of humanity and justice, is a doctrine of which I still desire to remain ignorant. 
Author: Edward Gibbon
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1737  - d. 16 January 1794
  
 The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague. 
Author: Bill Cosby
Nationality: American
b. December 1937
  
 The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one, but divide it among the many, distributing to everyone exactly the function he is competent to. Let the national government be entrusted with the defense of the nation and its foreign and federal relations; the state governments with the civil rights, laws, police and administration of what concerns the state generally; the counties with the local concerns of the counties; and each ward direct the interests within itself. It is by dividing and subdividing these republics from the great national one down through all its subordinations until it ends in the administration of every man's farm by himself, by placing under everyone what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The welfare of the people is the ultimate law. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 There are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously. 
Author: Thomas Sowell
Nationality: American
b. 30 June 1930
  
 There is a higher law than the Constitution. 
Author: William Henry Seward
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1801  - d. 10 October 1872
  
 There is a Law that man should love his neighbor as himself.In a few years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish. 
Author: Alfred Adler
Nationality: Austrian
b. 7 February 1870  - d. 28 May 1937
  
 There is a war going on between law enforcement and privacy, and privacy is losing. 
Author: Stephen Chapman
Nationality: Austrian   
 There is a wonderful law of nature that the three things we crave most- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind- are always attained by giving them to someone else. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Austrian   
 There is all the difference in the world between the criminal's avoiding the public eye and the civil disobedience's taking the law into his own hands in open defiance.This distinction between an open violation of the law, performed in public, and a clandestine one is so glaringly obvious that it can be neglected only by prejudice or ill will. 
Author: Hannah Arendt
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1906  - d. 4 December 1975
  
 There is beauty in space, and it is orderly. There is no weather, and there is regularity. It is predictable ... Everything in space obeys the laws of physics. If you know these laws and obey them, space will treat you kindly. And don't tell me man doesn't belong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go. 
Author: Wernher von Braun
Nationality: American
b. 23 March 1912  - d. 16 June 1977
  
 There is no cruder tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 There is no man so good who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the law, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 There is no such thing as justice - in or out of court. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: French
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 There is no worse torture than the torture of laws. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 There is not anything in the world so much abused as this sentence, Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto - Let public safety be the supreme law. 
Author: John Selden
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1584  - d. 30 November 1654
  
 There is plenty of law at the end of a nightstick. 
Author: Grover A. Whalen
Nationality: American
b. 02 June 1886  - d. 20 April 1962
  
 This is the law of God, that virtue only is firm, And cannot be shaken by a tempest. 
Author: Pythagoras
Nationality: Greek
b. December 580  - d.  December 507
  
 This is the Law of the Yukon, That only the Strong shall thrive; That surely the Weak shall perish, And only the Fit survive. 
Author: Robert W. Service
Nationality: Canadian
b. 16 January 1874  - d. 11 September 1958
  
 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. 
Author: Hermann Hesse
Nationality: Swiss
b. 2 July 1877  - d. 9 August 1962
  
 Those who excel in war first cultivate their own humanity and justice and maintain their laws and institutions. By these means they make their governments invincible. 
Author: Sun Tzu
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 544  - d.  December 496
  
 Time changes all things: there is no reason why language should escape this universal law. 
Author: Ferdinand de Saussure
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 November 1857  - d. 22 February 1913
  
 Time is money, especially when you are talking to a lawyer or buying a commercial. 
Author: Frank Dane
Nationality: Swiss   
 To look fearlessly upon life; to accept the laws of nature, not with meek resignation, but as her sons and daughters, who dare to search and question; to have peace and confidence within our souls - these are the beliefs that make for happiness. 
Author: Count Maeterlinck Maurice Polydore Maeterlinck
Nationality: Belgian
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1949
  
 To maintain the ascendancy of the Constitution over the lawmaking majority is the great and essential point on which the success of the [American] system must depend; unless that ascendancy can be preserved, the necessary consequence must be that the laws will supersede the Constitution; and, finally, the will of the Executive, by influence of its patronage, will supersede the laws. 
Author: John C. Calhoun
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1782  - d. 31 March 1850
  
 True friendship's laws are by this rule expressed, Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease. 
Author: William Osler
Nationality: Canadian
b. 12 July 1849  - d. 29 December 1919
  
 Venture not to the utmost bounds of even lawful pleasures; the limits of good and evil join. 
Author: Thomas Fuller
Nationality: English
b. December 1608  - d. 16 August 1661
  
 Warner Huntington III: You got into Harvard Law? Elle Woods: What? Like, it's hard? 
Movie: Legally Blonde
Nationality: American
Released: December 2001
  
 Water, everywhere over the earth, flows to join together. A single natural law controls it. Each human is a member of a community and should work within it. 
Tome: I Ching
Nationality: Chinese   
 We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 We are not Strangers In our own country Just Strangers To a European society And it is hard To be one When The law Is the other. 
Author: Ernie Dingo
Nationality: Australian
b. 31 July 1956
  
 We can not expect to breed respect for law and order among people who do not share the fruits of our freedom. 
Author: Hubert Horatio Humphrey
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1911
  
 We do not want the men of another color for our brothers-in-law, but we do want them for our brothers. 
Author: Booker T. Washington
Nationality: American
b. 5 April 1856  - d. 14 November 1915
  
 We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. 
Author: Robin Williams
Nationality: American
b. 21 July 1951
  
 We enact many laws that manufacture criminals, and then a few that punish them. 
Author: Allen Tucker
Nationality: American   
 We enjoy freedom and the rule of law on which it depends, not because we deserve it, but because others before us put their lives on the line to defend it. 
Author: Thomas Sowell
Nationality: American
b. 30 June 1930
  
 We have a man detained who is a threat to the country and that thanks to the vigilance of our intelligence gathering and law enforcement he is now off the streets, where he should be. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 We have exhausted all of our diplomatic effort to get the Iraqis to comply with their own agreements and with international law. Given that ... we have got to force them to comply, and we are doing so militarily. 
Author: Tom Daschle
Nationality: American
b. 09 December 1947
  
 We have seen that the American Constitution has changed, is changing, and by the law of its existence must continue to change, in its substance and practical working even when its words remain the same. 
Author: James Bryce
Nationality: British
b. 10 May 1838  - d. 22 January 1922
  
 We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights... It is time now to write the next chapter-and to write it in the books of law. 
Author: Lyndon Johnson
Nationality: British   
 We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 We should not pretend that we are automatons, seeking out law or truth or facts without them ever touching our conscience. Both law and history are disciplines embedded in justice and ethics. 
Author: Katherine Biber
Nationality: Australian   
 Well, now we know exactly what it takes to get our president to approach the act of telling the truth: a federal prosecutor and a posse of deputy prosecutors, a grand jury, the Supreme Court, the confession of his chief co-conspirator, the testimony of a couple of dozen other witnesses, the urging of his lawyers and his advisers, the ministering of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and, one assumes, the possession by the FBI of conclusive physical evidence. 
Author: Michael Kelly
Nationality: American
b. December 1957  - d.  December 2003
  
 What power has law where only money rules. 
Author: Petronius
Nationality: Roman
b. December 2  - d.  December 66
  
 What scares me more is that most excuse Howard's destructive reign, not because of the strength of the economy, but because they just dont understand what's going on. Wayne Carey's adultery is more shocking to most than Heffernen's slander against one of the highest judges, of the highest court in the land. This is really scary! 
Author: Ricky Fink
Nationality: Australian   
 Whatever the human law may be, neither an individual nor a nation can commit the least act of injustice against the obscurest individual without having to pay the penalty for it. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Whatever they may be in public life, whatever their relations with men, in their relations with women, all men are rapists and that's all they are. They rape us with their eyes, their laws, their codes. 
Author: Marilyn French
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1929  - d. 02 May 2009
  
 When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 When the righteous man turneth away from his righteousness that he hath committed and doeth that which is neither quite lawful nor quite right, he will generally be found to have gained in amiability what he has lost in holiness. 
Author: Samuel Butler
Nationality: English
b. 4 December 1835  - d. 18 June 1902
  
 When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied. 
Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 56  - d.  December 117
  
 When thee builds a prison, thee had better build with the thought ever in thy mind that thee and thy children may occupy cells. 
Author: Elizabeth Fry
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1780  - d. 12 October 1845
  
 When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws. 
Author: G. K. Chesterton
Nationality: English
b. 29 May 1874  - d. 16 June 1936
  
 Where law ends, there tyranny begins. 
Author: William Pitt the Elder
Nationality: English
b. 15 November 1708  - d. 11 May 1778
  
 Where there is no law there is no freedom. 
Author: John Locke
Nationality: English
b. 29 August 1632  - d. 28 October 1704
  
 Where there's a will, there's a lawsuit. 
Author: Addison Mizner
Nationality: American
b. 12 December 1872  - d. 05 February 1933
  
 Where you find the laws most numerous, there you will find also the greatest injustice. 
Author: Arcesilaus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 316  - d.  December 241
  
 Wherever Law ends, Tyranny begins. 
Author: John Locke
Nationality: English
b. 29 August 1632  - d. 28 October 1704
  
 Who trusted God was love indeed And love Creation's final law - Tho' Nature, red in tooth and claw With ravine, shrieked against his creed. 
Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson
Nationality: English
b. 6 August 1809  - d. 6 October 1892
  
 Who will protect the public when the police violate the law. 
Author: Ramsey Clark
Nationality: American
b. December 1927
  
 Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life. 
Author: Charles Frohman
Nationality: American
b. 15 July 1856  - d. 07 May 1915
  
 Women are what men make them. Why, a woman can't bear a child without it being received into the hands of a male doctor: it is baptized by a fat old male parson; a girl goes through life obeying laws made by men; and if she breaks them, a male magistrate sends her to a gaol where a male warder handles her and looks in her cell at night to see she's all right. If she gets so far as to be hanged, a male hangman puts the rope round her neck; she is buried by a male gravedigger; and she goes to Heaven ruled over by a male God or a hell managed by a male devil. Isn't it a wonder men didn't make the devil a woman? 
Author: Louisa Lawson
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 February 1848  - d. 12 August 1920
  
 Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will like them only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them. 
Author: Anacharsis
Nationality: Scythian
b. December 600
  
 You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: Scythian
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 You can't expect to prevent negative feelings altogether.And you can't expect to experience positive feelings all the time.The Law of Emotional Choice directs us to acknowledge our feelings but also to refuse to get stuck in the negative ones. 
Author: Greg Anderson
Nationality: American   
 You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 My next fight will be to get Canada to pass an Anti-Chinese Exclusion Law. At present she is being made the dumping ground for Asiatic pests who are afterwards smuggled into our country.  
Author: Denis Kearney
Nationality: American
b. December 1847  - d.  December 1907
  
 The closest thing to a law of nature in business is that form has an affinity for expense, while substance has an affinity for income. 
Author: Dee W. Hock
Nationality: American
b. December 1929
  
 Courts of law, and all the paraphernalia and folly of law cannot be found in a rational state of society. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 I find purer philosophy in a Poem than in a Conclusion of Geometry, a chemical analysis, or a physical law.  
Author: Wilfred Owen
Nationality: English
b. 18 March 1893  - d. 04 November 1918
  
 Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of the government.  
Author: Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Nationality: French
b. 15 January 1809  - d. 10 January 1865
  
 Marriage, laws, the police, armies and navies are the mark of human incompetence. 
Author: Dora Russell
Nationality: English
b. 3 April 1894  - d. 31 May 1986
  
 Banks properly established and conducted are highly useful to the business of the country, and will doubtless continue to exist in the States so long as they conform to their laws and are found to be safe and beneficial. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 If laws acting upon private interests can not always be avoided, they should be confined within the narrowest limits, and left wherever possible to the legislatures of the States. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 The law increasing and organizing the military establishment of the United States has been nearly carried into effect, and the Army has been extensively and usefully employed during the past season. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 The national will is the supreme law of the Republic, and on all subjects within the limits of his constitutional powers should be faithfully obeyed by the public servant. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 The law an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life - to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity. 
Author: Archibald MacLeish
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1892  - d. 20 April 1982
  
 A good lawyer is a bad Christian. 
Author: John Lothrop Motley
Nationality: American
b. 15 April 1814  - d. 29 May 1877
  
 If the 1st Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch. 
Author: Thurgood Marshall
Nationality: American
b. 2 July 1908  - d. 24 January 1993
  
 Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely.  
Author: Thurgood Marshall
Nationality: American
b. 2 July 1908  - d. 24 January 1993
  
 Jurors who are opposed to capital punishment are more likely to believe that a defendant's failure to testify is indicative of his guilt, more hostile to the insanity defense, more mistrustful of defense attorneys and less concerned about the danger of erroneous convictions. 
Author: Thurgood Marshall
Nationality: American
b. 2 July 1908  - d. 24 January 1993
  
 Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process. 
Author: Thurgood Marshall
Nationality: American
b. 2 July 1908  - d. 24 January 1993
  
 Surely the fact that a uniformed police officer is wearing his hair below his collar will make him no less identifiable as a policeman. 
Author: Thurgood Marshall
Nationality: American
b. 2 July 1908  - d. 24 January 1993
  
 It is too maddening. I've got to fly off, right now, to some devilish navy yard, three hours in a seasick steamer, and after being heartily sick, I'll have to speak three times, and then I'll be sick coming home. Still, who would not be sick for England? 
Author: John Edward Masefield
Nationality: English
b. 01 June 1878  - d. 12 May 1966
  
 We shall not sleep, though poppies grow: In Flanders fields. 
Author: Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae
Nationality: Canadian
b. 30 November 1872  - d. 28 January 1918
  
 Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a crime in progress is not a happy prospect. 
Author: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1937  - d. 20 February 2005
  
 It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top. 
Author: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1937  - d. 20 February 2005
  
 Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes. 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 There may be more poetry than justice in poetic justice. 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty. Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace. Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice. 
Author: Lin Yutang
Nationality: Chinese
b. 10 October 1895  - d. 26 March 1976
  
 It wouldn't be fair to say that conservatives cherish property the way liberals cherish equality. But it would be fair to say that the takings clause is the conservatives' recipe for judicial activism just as they say liberals have misused the equal protection clause. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 A couple of weeks ago, the court ruled that states cannot exempt themselves from federal laws against the medical use of marijuana. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 A Supreme Court decision that concessions of this sort were unconstitutional would have taken them off the table and actually increased the effective sovereignty of elected officials. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Almost any government activity can also be seen as taking property "without just compensation." The basic model of an unconstitutional "taking" would be if the government threw you out of your house. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Each Supreme Court appointment by a Republican president seems to be "it." And yet "it" hasn't happened. Roe v. Wade - the high-water mark of liberal judicial activism - still stands. And on Thursday the court said a surprising "no thanks" to judicial activism, Republican style. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Liberals have long suspected that this was a decoy and that once conservatives had control of the federal courts they would twist their mustaches, laugh contemptuously and reveal the various policies they planned to impose by judicial fiat. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Of course, conservatives always claim to be against judicial activism. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 So the danger of conservative judicial activism has been averted for another year. Stay tuned 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 The "takings" clause of the Fifth Amendment is for conservatives what the equal protection clause of the 14th is for liberals. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 The case decided on Thursday, though, seemed promising to takings fans because it wasn't about compensation. It was about the requirement that any government taking must have a "public purpose."  
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 The equal protection clause was a handy tool because just about anything the government does or doesn't do can be framed as treating people unequally. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 The court ruled, 5 to 4, that yuppification is a valid public purpose. Or at least it was reasonable for the city to promote yuppification. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 The logic is often far-fetched - how does medical marijuana affect interstate commerce? - and some conservatives would like judges to start throwing out federal laws wholesale on commerce clause grounds. The court once again said no thanks. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. 
Author: Truman Capote
Nationality: American
b. 30 September 1924  - d. 25 October 1984
  
 The script was so gorgeous. I've not read it since 1953, but it stayed with me a lot. Not only did Alexander The Great carry a copy under his pillow, but so did Lawrence of Arabia, who carried a copy of both the Illiad and The Odyssey. 
Author: Peter O'toole
Nationality: Irish
b. 2 August 1932
  
 Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment is seven years in prison, locked up with the other men. There is a three year waiting list. 
Author: Yakov Smirnoff
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1951
  
 From Nova Scotia to the St. Lawrence, there was no population worthy of the name. 
Author: Francis Parkman
Nationality: American
b. 16 September 1823  - d. 08 November 1893
  
 Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal. 
Author: Elizabeth Fry
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1780  - d. 12 October 1845
  
 A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a thousand men with guns. 
Author: Mario Gianluigi Puzo
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1920  - d. 02 July 1999
  
 When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive. 
Author: Miguel de Cervantes
Nationality: Spanish
b. 29 September 1547  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 I think that the parents are the only ones who would be qualified, by law, to judge what their child could or could not read. 
Author: Shel Silverstein
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1930  - d. 10 May 1999
  
 Wealth often takes away chances from men as well as poverty. There is none to tell the rich to go on striving, for a rich man makes the law that hallows and hollows his own life. 
Author: Sean O'Casey
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 March 1880  - d. 18 September 1964
  
 God is related to the universe, as Creator and Preserver; the laws by which He created all things are those by which He preserves them. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Law in general is human reason, inasmuch as it governs all the inhabitants of the earth: the political and civil laws of each nation ought to be only the particular cases in which human reason is applied. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Man, as a physical being, is like other bodies governed by invariable laws. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 The law of nations is naturally founded on this principle, that different nations ought in time of peace to do one another all the good they can, and in time of war as little injury as possible, without prejudicing their real interests. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Thus the creation, which seems an arbitrary act, supposes laws as invariable as those of the fatality of the Atheists. It would be absurd to say that the Creator might govern the world without those rules, since without them it could not subsist. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner. 
Author: Charles de Secondat
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire. 
Author: Marcus Fabius Quintillian
Nationality: Roman
b. December 35  - d.  December 100
  
 From your confessor, lawyer and physician, hide not your case on no condition. 
Author: Sir John Harington
Nationality: English
b. December 1561  - d.  December 1612
  
 Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured and to struggle against entropy. 
Author: Václav Hável
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. 05 October 1936
  
 Our lawyers had their chat with the Supreme Court Justice, and promised to repast the chat to other members of the Supreme Court to find out whether they wanted to hear us out. 
Author: Dashiell Hammett
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1894  - d. 10 January 1961
  
 I read newspapers, textbooks on crime. I talk to private investigators, police officers, jail administrators, doctors, lawyers, career criminals. 
Author: Sue Grafton
Nationality: American
b. 24 April 1940
  
 Kinsey was never a lawyer. She's strictly blue collar. 
Author: Sue Grafton
Nationality: American
b. 24 April 1940
  
 Every society has its traditions, laws, and religious beliefs, which it tries to preserve. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 The Koran and the laws of all civilized nations legislate against the vilification of religions. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 The way of the world is to make laws, but follow custom. 
Author: Michel de Montaigne
Nationality: French
b. 28 February 1533  - d. 13 September 1592
  
 It is even possible that laws which have not their origin in the mind may be irrational, and we can never succeed in formulating them. 
Author: Sir Arthur Eddington
Nationality: English
b. December 1882  - d.  December 1944
  
 If your theory is found to be against the second law of theromodynamics, I give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation. 
Author: Sir Arthur Eddington
Nationality: English
b. December 1882  - d.  December 1944
  
 It is one thing for the human mind to extract from the phenomena of nature the laws which it has itself put into them; it may be a far harder thing to extract laws over which it has no control. 
Author: Sir Arthur Eddington
Nationality: English
b. December 1882  - d.  December 1944
  
 Through the centuries, men of law have been persistently concerned with the resolution of disputes in ways that enable society to achieve its goals with a minimum of force and maximum of reason. 
Author: Archibald Cox, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 17 May 1912  - d. 29 May 2004
  
 Well, I don't know as I want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire him to tell how to do what I want to do. 
Author: J. P. Morgan
Nationality: American
b. December 1837  - d.  December 1913
  
 Reduce the number of lawyers. They are like beavers - they get in the middle of the stream and dam it up. 
Author: Donald Henry Rumsfeld
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1932
  
 I have a different approach. I don't file lawsuits because I really don't care. 
Author: Nicole Kidman
Nationality: Australian
b. 20 June 1967
  
 They've said I'm gay, they've said everyone is gay. I personally don't believe in doing huge lawsuits about that stuff. Tom does. That's what he wants to do, that's what he's going to do. You do not tell Tom what to do. He is a force to be reckoned with. 
Author: Nicole Kidman
Nationality: Australian
b. 20 June 1967
  
 I do not have power of attorney over first graders. 
T.V. Series: The Simpsons
Nationality: American   
 Facts are stupid until brought into connection with some general law. 
Author: Louis Agassiz
Nationality: American
b. 28 May 1807  - d. 14 December 1873
  
 He who lives in solitude may make his own laws. 
Author: Publilius Syrus
Nationality: Syrian
b. December 85  - d.  December 43
  
 Misery is the company of Lawsuits. 
Author: François Rabelais
Nationality: French
b. December 1494  - d. 9 April 1553
  
 No enactment of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God. 
Author: Sir William Blackstone
Nationality: English
b. 10 July 1723  - d. 14 February 1780
  
 So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not Literatureize the least violation of it; no, not even for the general good of the whole community. 
Author: Sir William Blackstone
Nationality: English
b. 10 July 1723  - d. 14 February 1780
  
 The law, which restrains a man from doing mischief to his fellow citizens, though it diminishes the natural, increases the civil liberty of mankind. 
Author: Sir William Blackstone
Nationality: English
b. 10 July 1723  - d. 14 February 1780
  
 For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 When a man and a woman have an overwhelming passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human convention or the laws. 
Author: Nicolas Chamfort
Nationality: French
b. 6 April 1741  - d. 13 April 1794
  
 It is only our conception of time that makes us call the Last Judgement by this name. It is, in fact, a kind of martial law. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 I think we have some serious problems now, but, if you look back over the last thirty or forty years that my book deals with, I think we are in better shape now than we would have been if all of those cases had not come down. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 CBS exhausted the Texas courts. They went from the trial court to the intermediate court to the highest court. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 Here we have a situation where a defendant in a case agrees to an interview with Dan Rather. It happened to be not confidential. But it was an interview with Dan Rather. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I know a lot of reporters certainly will go to jail to defend confidential sources. Some have even gone to jail for an issue like this. But I can't say that's the norm. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I mean the idea of this is that it's a good thing for the public to hear interviews like this and that there will be an inevitable amount of fewer interviews if people that the press talks to wind up thinking, well, it's not really a CBS correspondent. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I am really impressed by lawyers who write books and tell us that they never lost a case. Most lawyers who have never lost a case have not had enough hard cases. But there are very difficult cases out there. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I can tell you, having been in court today in New York, that the requests for the video outtakes have been dropped. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I just had the sense that at least the books that I had read about law just didn't really have enough of that. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I decided that these are not secrets in the sense that once you know what the strategy was you'll be able next time to feed i 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I really believe that a lawyer - no matter how good - if he or she is really worth their weight in salt, they will lose some cases because, after all, it is not really one of those secretive things that not everything is decided by who your lawyer is. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I really did try to write it so that an educated public that cares about issues like this doesn't have to be a lawyer and can read it and understand it. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I really do think that if we had lost that case we would really live in a country that would be really quite different. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I really try at least to come back and answer the question as to whether that was really the best way to do that and was I really thinking straight and how did my opponents behave and how did the judges behave was needed. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I still owe a duty of loyalty to my clients and former clients, so I cannot specify which clients I did not especially find congenial, but the cause was the same. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I think that it is important for people to understand that whether a good-guy or a bad-guy wins a case is less important than what the law is that the case results in. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I thought I could do that by telling stories of some of the cases that established those principles on a real life on the ground basis. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 It just seems to be a human trait to want to protect the speech of people with whom we agree. For the First Amendment, that is not good enough. So it is really important that we protect First Amendment rights of people no matter what side of the line they are on. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 It is within the last quarter century or thirty years. And a lot of that law has turned out to be very, very protective of the press and the public's right to know. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 It is not to benefit CBS, not to benefit its reporters. On this one, the entire basis of it is this is a way to get more information, more important information to the public. And that's why so many states recognize this. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 It has something to do with the facts and the law and who the judges are. So I think lawyers sometimes exaggerate their role in winning and losing. Lawyers do have a role, and a major role, but they're not the only players in this game. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I would say that the Pentagon Papers case of 1971 - in which the government tried to block The New York Times and The Washington Post that they obtained from a secret study of how we got involved in the war in Vietnam - that is probably the most important case. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I try to do that in this book without preaching - to try to do as you just said that you really have to defend the First Amendment rights of everybody. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 If the word gets out, if the perception exists that by speaking to a CBS journalist you are, therefore, inevitably, immediately speaking to the police, I don't think there's any doubt but that people won't talk. And, therefore, the public won't learn. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 This is going right to the police. So, it's a very dangerous precedent. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 The government understands - every government, every administration, both parties, understands - that that power, they just don't have. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 There are some circumstances in which the First Amendment interest comes up against another interest that is really important and in which we have to make a decision in a particular case as to which is more important. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 The government would be able to go to court with respect to newspaper articles, broadcast pieces and the like that they thought were bad or harmful or even against the government and try to block them. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 It's a competing interest that matters. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 The question at the end of the day was, the courts having found there was no defense, a producer about to go to jail, should CBS in effect tell the producer go to jail even though there is no law at all that we can use to get you out of jail? 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 The principle though remains the same, and the important thing is CBS fought hard, very hard, to protect that principle and will fight again. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 So sometimes the facts are good and sometimes the facts are bad, the important thing from the point of view of a principle as broad and important as freedom of speech is that the courts articulate and set forth in a very protective way what those principles are. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 It's not like learning how to hit a curve ball in baseball. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 No other country in the world gives protection like that, but it is not absolute protection. People sometimes meet that high burden and win libel suits, and in those cases I think they ought to win. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 My role in it was not as central as it was in some of the later cases considering I was younger then and I was playing a role of co-counsel on the case.  
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 When I began we did not really have a lot of First Amendment law. It is really surprising to think of it this way, but a lot of the law - most of the law that relates to the First Amendment freedom of the press in America - is really within living memory. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 Were this not Texas, were there not a state where there were no protections at all and where the law was clear on that, I think CBS and Mary Mapes and Dan Rather and all of us had a very good chance of winning. So this is an ongoing battle about an issue of principle. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 Obedience to lawful Literatureity is the foundation of manly character. 
Author: Robert E. Lee
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1807  - d. 12 September 1870
  
 This mania of the mothers of the period, to be constantly in pursuit of a son-in-law. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 There is no such thing as "natural law": this expression is nothing but old nonsense. Prior to laws, what is natural is only the strength of the lion, or the need of the creature suffering from hunger or cold, in short, need. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 When a sixth of the population of a nation which has undertaken to be the refuge of liberty are slaves, and a whole country is unjustly overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected to military law, I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize. What makes this duty the more urgent is the fact that the country so overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading army. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 In August 1967 I spent a few days in New Delhi, visiting a friend who had been a law school classmate seven years earlier. She was a princess - a genuine one, from a still-powerful regal family. In New York, when we were studying together, I had taken her to a Yankee game. In New Delhi she reciprocated by taking me to her fortune-teller - not just hers, but that of a bevy of Indian leaders, including former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter and successor as prime minister, Indira Gandhi.... Before I was thirty-five, he said, I would go to my country's capital to work on something that was important. The work, he said, would make me famous. It was not the sort of prediction that one entirely forgets. I was then thirty-one. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I then described two of my favorite First Amendment cases, the first of which was the 1966 Supreme Court ruling in Mills v. Alabama.... The other case was commenced by a Miami labor leader, Pat Tornillo, who was a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The Miami Herald had published editorials criticizing Tornillo; the union leader had responded by demanding that the Herald publish, verbatim, replies he had written to each editorial. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 Well, in Nevada we do not have a juvenile jurisdiction. If you commit murder or attempted murder and you're a child, the juvenile court has no jurisdiction. You go right to adult court.ed with dignity as Americans, and that has to do with the educational process of people on the bench, lawyers, people in law enforcement and people that have to do with the system. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 And I think, one, a lot of judges don't work hard enough, don't spend enough time, don't rule quickly enough and delay too much. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 But if you commit murder and you are competent, I think you ought to be prosecuted as an adult. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 As a matter of fact, on the TV court you actually probably have more time to present your case than you would in a regular small claims court. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 But I always say this: I don't care where you get, if you don't remember a lot of folks helped you get there, you're nothing but a damned ingrate. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 But it's not fixed. The fix is not in. I have no idea how I'm going to rule until I hear everybody have their say. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 But the other side of that coin is some things, issues and cases, take consideration. There is no quick fix. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 But if somebody goes to a juvenile facility in lockup and then thereafter they become an adult, maybe they can then be transferred to an adult facility. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 But judges don't - should not go willy-nilly changing the rules of the game if they happen to like to do. If you do that, in my view, you have anarchy, you have no real sound principles that we all operate under. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 However, when you hear somebody's case, they're entitled to two things: to believe that somebody's listening to the facts, trying to decide what the truth is, and applying the law applicable to that case.  
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I think Judge Judy's a tough judge. She's got the best numbers. She's way out in front. I think sometimes she may be too tough. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I believe that sometimes people have got to have their butts chewed and you've got to be rough on them. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I don't call it my show, I call it our show. And it's a lot of fun to do. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I have no idea what I'm going to say, I have no idea what they're going to say. It's just like a small claims court. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I think Judge Mathis is a good person. He's a friend of mine. And I assume he's a good judge. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I think judges have some benign power, like to say that the lights have to be turned on, the county commission has to pay the bills so you can operate the court. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 In the beginning, I don't think any juvenile of kinder years, of young age like that, should be in an adult facility. I think that is in and of itself criminal. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 If you've got a case that's due out or you have a trial starting Monday morning, and you haven't read the file, you haven't done the homework and done the research, you ought to be in there Saturday and if necessary Sunday. That goes with the territory. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 In order for the show to be successful, there simply has to be some entertainment value. There's no question about that. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 In Nevada, if you commit murder or attempted murder you do not go to juvenile court, you go right to adult court. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 If you run - if you give the gavel to a lawyer, they'll take it. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I think some cases should be dismissed as being non meritorious or frivolous.  
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 If you litigate, you're entitled to litigate and you're entitled to have the issues explored completely. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I worked on weekends. I worked every weekend. We had some judges that worked weekends and some that didn't. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I'll never forget where I came from and the folks that helped me, and I feel very, very fortunate.  
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 There are some judges that in my view do cross the line. They try to make up the law as they go along. Those judges, in my view, respectfully, do not honor their oath. Their oath is to construe the law and follow the law the legislature enacts. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 Judges don't change the Constitution. You amend the Constitution. Judges construe law with constitutional principles. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 Well, I think you've get to get people on the bench, and the police and people in law enforcement to recognize that we're all Americans. We're not black Americans, white Americans, red Americans: We're all Americans. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 Laws are changed all the time, but the legislature primarily makes the law. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 Well, I think, unfortunately, the application of the system sometimes is not fair. I think that's something that we have to work out - work at very, very, very hard. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 You've got to be big enough to say I was wrong, have your administrative assistant get the lawyers, get the litigants back in, and be big enough to go on the record and correct it. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 On the other hand, every now and again somebody deserves a pat on the back and some compliment and some encouragement. I think you've got to do that, too. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 Well, I was a referee. I've since retired from that. I was a fighter and I took up refereeing as a hobby after I retired from being a competitive fighter. And see, I've got no nose. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 The production is great, the producers do a heck of a job. And, yes, it's fun doing the work. In the course, the economic payback isn't too bad either. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 Well, judges take offense to that if they're called an activist judge. But the fact of the matter is if the shoe fits, you've got to put it on. There are judges that do that. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 Let who will boast their courage in the field, I find but little safety from my shield, Nature's, not honour's law we must obey: This made me cast my useless shield away. 
Author: Archilochus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 680  - d.  December 645
  
 Law is king of all. 
Author: Henry Alford
Nationality: English
b. 7 October 1810  - d. 12 January 1871
  
 My other brother-in-law died. He was a karate expert, then joined the army. The first time he saluted, he killed himself. 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport. 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 I know a man who is a diamond cutter. He mows the lawn at Yankee Stadium. 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 A man calls a lawyer's office. The phone is answered, "Schwartz, Schwartz, Schwartz and Schwartz." The man says, "Let me talk to Mr. Schwartz." "I'm sorry, he's on vacation." "Then let me talk to Mr. Schwartz." "He's on a big case, not available for a week." "Then let me talk to Mr. Schwartz." "He's playing golf today." "Okay, then, let me talk to Mr. Schwartz." "Speaking." 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 There is no law governing all things. 
Author: Giordano Bruno
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1548  - d. 17 February 1600
  
 Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law. 
Author: Anicius Manilius Severinus Boethius
Nationality: Roman
b. December 480  - d.  December 525
  
 I'm in the real world, some people try to steal from me, and I stop them, frequently, take them to court. I love a good lawsuit. It's fun. 
Author: Alan Alda
Nationality: American
b. 28 January 1936
  
 And so they pitched the show to me. It sounded like a good idea. We pitched the show back, and got it sold and got it on the air. And that's kicking the tail. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 But I do believe this - I believe that fundamentally, society is headed in the right direction or wants to head in the right direction, and I think judges have an obligation to try to help it head there. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 And some people, you've got to lock up. If you don't, they're going to hurt you. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 But I agree with what Joe Brown said: If you can set some example, if you can point out how people can stay away from a certain problem if they'll do certain things or not do certain things, as the case may be, then I think you're going to see a little better tune to what's going on. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 Every unfortunate event does not give rise to lawsuit. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 But what you do is ask a series of questions to try and discern what the facts are and try to come to some truth if you will. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 But the thing about the murder case, murder is one of the few - I mean, it's the only crime there's no statute of limitations on. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I think most folks are good folks. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I think if you can do something better than prison, that ought to be done, but there's some nonviolent people, for example thieves, their professional thieves, and that's all they are and all they're going to be. Those folks you have to incarcerate some kind of way for some period of time. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I have great faith in the jury system. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 The color of somebody's skin or the way he wears his hair or clothes has nothing to do with anything. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 We must focus on people as people, regardless of race, creed, color or gender.  
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I think racial profiling is wrong. It cannot be defended. It's just flat wrong. And if a matter came before me, and it could be established that the arrest was made strictly on racial profiling, when I was on the bench, it would be gone. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 People that change and try to change should be given some assistance and should be given a second chance, if you will. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 No, I retired from the bench because I don't believe you ought to be a sitting judge unless you're able to spend the time to do the job the way it should be done: and reading the pleadings, doing the research, knowing the case inside and out. And I couldn't do that and do the TV show too. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 I think, unfortunately, some people are just bad, they're just born bad, and I don't know why. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 We've got to focus on people as people. We've got to get beyond this ethnic thing. We're all Americans, and we've got to recognize that. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 Well, I - all cases to me have interest. Every case is important to somebody, the people litigating that case. But the most difficult case for me is the case where one person says a, the other person says b, and you just don't know for certain who is not telling you the truth.  
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 Well, it has some of that, but what I think also is people like to see conflict. They like to see conflict. And they also like to see it resolved.  
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 Well, I don't think prisons are the answer to everything, obviously. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 Well, I think every now and again, some people deserve to get their butts chewed. Every now and again some people deserve a pat on the back. What I try and do is compliment folk who deserve a compliment, and chew folks out who deserve to be chewed out. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity. 
Author: Kofi Annan
Nationality: Ghanaian
b. 8 April 1938
  
 There is - an unjust world economy, world disorder, and widespread contempt for human rights and the rule of law. 
Author: Kofi Annan
Nationality: Ghanaian
b. 8 April 1938
  
 Friends and fellow citizens: I stand before you tonight under indictment for the alleged crime of having voted at the last presidential election, without having a lawful right to vote. It shall be my work this evening to prove to you that in thus voting, I not only committed no crime, but, instead, simply exercised my citizen's rights, guaranteed to me and all United States citizens by the National Constitution, beyond the power of any state to deny. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 Webster, Worcester, and Bouvier all define a citizen to be a person in the United States, entitled to vote and hold office. The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons? And I hardly believe any of our opponents will have the hardihood to say they are not. Being persons, then, women are citizens; and no state has a right to make any law, or to enforce any old law, that shall abridge their privileges or immunities. Hence, every discrimination against women in the constitutions and laws of the several states is today null and void, precisely as is every one against Negroes. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 For any state to make sex a qualification that must ever result in the disfranchisement of one entire half of the people, is to pass a bill of attainder, or, an ex post facto law, and is therefore a violation of the supreme law of the land. By it the blessings of liberty are forever withheld from women and their female posterity. To them this government has no just powers derived from the consent of the governed. To them this government is not a democracy. It is not a republic. It is an odious aristocracy; a hateful oligarchy of sex; the most hateful aristocracy ever established on the face of the globe; an oligarchy of wealth, where the rich govern the poor. An oligarchy of learning, where the educated govern the ignorant, or even an oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured; but this oligarchy of sex, which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters, of every household - which ordains all men sovereigns, all women subjects, carries dissension, discord, and rebellion into every home of the nation. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 Law is a Bottomless-Pit, it is a Cormorant, a Harpy, that devours every thing. 
Author: Dr. John Arbuthnot
Nationality: British
b. 29 April 1667  - d. 27 February 1735
  
 The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.  
Author: Hannah Arendt
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1906  - d. 4 December 1975
  
 It is recorded how towards the end of the eighteenth century a Muslim visitor to England was taken to see the House of Commons at work. He later wrote of his astonishment at finding the that the British Parliament actually made laws and fixed punishments for their infraction - because unlike Muslims the English had not accepted a divine law revealed from heaven and therefore had to resort to such unsatisfactory expedients. Muslims still understand the expression 'the rule of law' very differently than do most Westerners. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 When all the objectives of government include the achievement of equality - other than equality before the law - that government poses a threat to liberty. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 If we look at the fact, we shall find that the great inventions of the age are not, with us at least, always produced in universities.In England, the profession of the law is that which seems to hold out the strongest attraction to talent, from the circumstance, that in it ability, coupled with exertion, even though unaided by patronage, cannot fail of obtaining reward. 
Author: Charles Babbage
Nationality: British
b. 26 December 1791  - d. 18 October 1871
  
 The UN is more of an international criminal than a dispenser of legitimate international law. 
Author: Jed Babbin
Nationality: British   
 Wherever magistrates were appointed from among those who complied with the injunctions of the laws, Socrates considered the government to be an aristocracy.  
Author: General Xenophon
Nationality: Greek
b. December 431  - d.  December 355
  
 In an attempt to take Baltimore, the British attacked Fort McHenry, which protected the harbor. Bombs were soon bursting in air, rockets were glaring, and all in all it was a moment of great historical interest. During the bombardment, a young lawyer named Francis "Off" Key wrote The Star-Spangled Banner, and when, by the dawn's early light, the British heard it sung, they fled in terror! 
Author: Richard Armour
Nationality: American
b. December 1906  - d.  December 1989
  
 The executive power is better to be trusted when it has no screen. Sir, we have a responsibility in the person of our President; he cannot act improperly, and hide either his negligence or inattention; he cannot roll upon any other person the weight of his criminality; no appointment can take place without his nomination; and he is responsible for every nomination he makes... far from being above the laws, he is amenable to them in his private character as a citizen, and in his public character by impeachment. 
Author: James Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1742  - d. 21 August 1798
  
 Because we have baptized in this world and are in communion with this heavenly love, we feel that we are divine creatures, that we are free, and that we have been ordained for the emancipation of humanity, which has remained a victim of the instinctive laws of unconscious existence. Absolute freedom and absolute love - that is our aim; the freeing of humanity and the whole world-that is our purpose. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 The liberty of man consists solely in this, that he obeys the laws of nature because he has himself recognized them as such, and not because they have been imposed upon him externally by any foreign will whatsoever, human or divine, collective or individual. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 My parents wanted me to be a lawyer. But I don't think I would have been very happy. I'd be in front of the jury singing. 
Author: Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Nationality: American
b. 24 July 1969
  
 CBS fought very hard on this because it believed and believes that there's a principle at stake here. The principle is that Dan Rather doesn't work for the police, and that people that speak to Dan Rather understand that he's a journalist and not a police agent. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 I began wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped me to establish my professional identity. Before that, whenever I was at a meeting, someone would ask me to get coffee. 
Author: Bella Abzug
Nationality: American
b. 24 July 1920  - d. 31 March 1998
  
 But if you're saying, can judges do a better job? The answer is, you bet. 
Author: Judge Mills Lane
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1936
  
 God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Immutably true propositions regulative of voluntary actions as to the choice of good and the avoidance of evil, and which carry with them an obligation to outward acts of obedience, even apart from civil laws and from any considerations of compacts constituting government. 
Author: Richard Cumberland
Nationality: English
b. December 1631  - d.  December 1718
  
 Like hatred, jealousy is forbidden by the laws of life because it is essentially destructive. 
Author: Alexis Carrel
Nationality: French
b. 28 June 1873  - d. 5 November 1944
  
 Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. 
Author: Julius Caesar
Nationality: Roman
b. December 100  - d.  December 44
  
 Obey the laws. 
Author: Chilon of Sparta
Nationality: Greek
b. December 560
  
 After an existence of nearly 20 years of almost innocuous desuetude, these laws are brought forth. 
Author: Grover Cleveland
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1837  - d. 24 June 1908
  
 No man has ever yet been hanged for breaking the spirit of a law. 
Author: Grover Cleveland
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1837  - d. 24 June 1908
  
 Public officers are the servants and agents of the people, to execute the laws which the people have made. 
Author: Grover Cleveland
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1837  - d. 24 June 1908
  
 My 1994 crime bill expanded the death penalty for drug kingpins, murderers of federal law enforcement officers, and nearly 60 additional categories of violent felons. 
Author: Bill Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1946
  
 In the mind of Bill Clinton, political considerations outweigh even life-and-death matters of great concern to his own law-enforcement officials, not to mention the nation. 
Author: Barbara Olson
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1955  - d. 11 September 2001
  
 It's difficult to believe that Al Gore was oblivious to the existing laws. He has to respond at some point. 
Author: Barbara Olson
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1955  - d. 11 September 2001
  
 If you are going to break a Law of Art, make the crime interesting. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 The laws and the stage, both are a form of exhibitionism. 
Author: Orson Welles
Nationality: American
b. 6 May 1915  - d. 10 October 1985
  
 There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul. 
Author: Simone Weil
Nationality: French
b. 3 February 1909  - d. 24 August 1943
  
 Whether the law of marriage be instituted or not, the dictate of nature and virtue seems to be an early attachment to one woman. 
Author: Thomas Malthus
Nationality: English
b. 13 February 1766  - d. 29 December 1834
  
 I do not think it is for me, a foreigner, to indicate to the United States the time, the measures, or the men by whom Slavery shall be abolished. Still, as the persevering enemy of despotism everywhere, and under all its forms, I am pained and astonished by the fact that the freest people in the world is, at the present time, almost the only one among civilized and Christian nations which yet maintains personal servitude; and this while serfdom itself is about disappearing, where it has not already disappeared, from the most degraded nations of Europe. An old and sincere friend of America, I am uneasy at seeing Slavery retard her progress, tarnish her glory, furnish arms to her detractors, compromise the future career of the Union which is the guaranty of her safety and greatness, and point out beforehand to her, to all her enemies, the spot where they are to strike. As a man, too, I am moved at the spectacle of man's degradation by man, and I hope to see the day when the law will grant equal civil liberty to all the inhabitants of the same empire, as God accords the freedom of the will, without distinction, to the dwellers upon earth. 
Author: Alexis de Tocqueville
Nationality: French
b. 29 July 1805  - d. 16 April 1859
  
 Just because someone gets arrested doesn't mean what they are doing is wrong. Some laws are unfair and unjust. 
Author: Tim Robbins
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1958
  
 In Hungary, acting is a career for which one fits himself as earnestly as one studies for a degree in medicine, law, or philosophy. 
Author: Bela Lugosi
Nationality: Hungarian
b. 20 October 1882  - d. 16 August 1956
  
 Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Law is born from despair of human nature. 
Author: Jose Ortega y Gasset
Nationality: Spanish
b. 9 May 1883  - d. 18 October 1955
  
 Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed, and vice versa. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear. 
Author: Marquis de Sade
Nationality: French
b. 2 June 1740  - d. 2 December 1814
  
 Nature, who for the perfect maintenance of the laws of her general equilibrium, has sometimes need of vices and sometimes of virtues, inspires now this impulse, now that one, in accordance with what she requires. 
Author: Marquis de Sade
Nationality: French
b. 2 June 1740  - d. 2 December 1814
  
 So long as the laws remain such as they are today, employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so; but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public. 
Author: Marquis de Sade
Nationality: French
b. 2 June 1740  - d. 2 December 1814
  
 In this house, we obey the laws of thermodynamics! 
Author: Dan Louis Castellaneta
Nationality: American
b. 29 October 1957
  
 Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal. 
Author: Friedrich Engels
Nationality: German
b. 28 December 1820  - d. 5 August 1895
  
 It is absolutely impossible to transcend the laws of nature. What can change in historically different circumstances is only the form in which these laws expose themselves. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 To live outside the law, you must be honest. 
Author: Bob Dylan
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1941
  
 In 1974, the modeling world changed. Jerry Ford and my lawyer negotiated the deal for the first exclusive contract in modeling history. 
Author: Lauren Hutton
Nationality: American
b. 17 November 1943
  
 It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win. 
Author: John Paul Jones
Nationality: American
b. 11 July 1747  - d. 18 July 1792
  
 A man who graduated high in his class at Yale Law School and made partnership in a top law firm would be celebrated. A man who invested wisely would be admired, but a woman who accomplishes this is treated with suspicion. 
Author: Barbra Streisand
Nationality: American
b. 24 April 1942
  
 How I wish we lived in a time when laws were not necessary to safeguard us from discrimination. 
Author: Barbra Streisand
Nationality: American
b. 24 April 1942
  
 When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual. 
Author: Frank Patrick Herbert
Nationality: American
b. 8 October 1920  - d. 11 February 1986
  
 Justice is what is established; and thus all our established laws will necessarily be regarded as just without examination, since they are established. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Law, without force, is impotent. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Good taste is either that which agrees with my taste or that which subjects itself to the rule of reason. From this we can see how useful it is to employ reason in seeking out the laws of taste. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law. All the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 But black people fall for that same argument, and they go around talking about law breakers. We did not make the laws in this country. We are neither morally nor legally confined to those laws. Those laws that keep them up, keep us down. 
Author: H. Rap Brown
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1943
  
 You see, Lyndon Johnson can always sit up and talk about. He can always raise an argument about law and order, because he never talks about justice.  
Author: H. Rap Brown
Nationality: American
b. 4 October 1943
  
 I worked among the very, very poor, the migrant laborers, the Chicanos and the I.W.W's who I saw being shot at by the police. I saw cruelty and hardness, and my impulse was to be a force in other developments in the law. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 Inanimate objects are sometimes parties in litigation. A ship has a legal personality, a fiction found useful for maritime purposes. The corporation sole - a creature of ecclesiastical law - is an acceptable adversary and large fortunes ride on its cases. So it should be as respects valleys, alpine meadows, rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches, ridges, groves of trees, swampland, or even air that feels the destructive pressures of modern technology and modern life. The river, for example, is the living symbol of all the life it sustains or nourishes - fish, aquatic insects, water ouzels, otter, fisher, deer, elk, bear, and all other animals, including man, who are dependent on it or who enjoy it for its sight, its sound, or its life. The river as plaintiff speaks for the ecological unit of life that is part of it. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 Common sense often makes good law. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 The Literatures of the clear and present danger test never applied it to a case like this, nor would I. If applied as it is proposed here, it means that the Communist plotting is protected during its period of incubation; its preliminary stages of organization and preparation are immune from the law; the Government can move only after imminent action is manifest, when it would, of course, be too late. 
Author: Robert H. Jackson
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1954
  
 The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated. That four great nations, flushed with victory and stung with injury stay the hand of vengeance and voluntarily submit their captive enemies to the judgment of the law is one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to Reason. 
Author: Robert H. Jackson
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1954
  
 Claims of right and insistence upon obligations may depend upon treaty stipulations, or upon the rules of international law, or upon the sense of natural justice applied to the circumstances of a particular case, or upon disputed facts. 
Author: Elihu Root
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1845  - d. 7 February 1937
  
 The law of the survival of the fittest led inevitably to the survival and predominance of the men who were effective in war and who loved it because they were effective. 
Author: Elihu Root
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1845  - d. 7 February 1937
  
 Assuming the same premises, to wit, that all men are equal by the law of nature and of nations, the right of property in slaves falls to the ground; for one who is equal to another cannot be the owner or property of that other 
Author: William Henry Seward
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1801  - d. 10 October 1872
  
 There is a higher law than the Constitution, which regulates our Literatureity over the domain, and devotes it to the same noble purposes. 
Author: William Henry Seward
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1801  - d. 10 October 1872
  
 You answer that the Constitution recognizes property in slaves. It would be sufficient, then, to reply, that this constitutional recognition must be void, because it is repugnant to the law of nature and of nations. 
Author: William Henry Seward
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1801  - d. 10 October 1872
  
 I deem it established, then, that the Constitution does not recognize property in man, but leaves that question, as between the states, to the law of nature and of nations 
Author: William Henry Seward
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1801  - d. 10 October 1872
  
 It is the maintenance of slavery by law in a state, not parallels of latitude, that makes its a southern state; and the absence of this, that makes it a northern state. 
Author: William Henry Seward
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1801  - d. 10 October 1872
  
 There must be a law against forcing children to perform at an early age. Children should have a wonderful childhood. They should not be given too much responsibility. 
Author: Maria Callas
Nationality: American
b. 2 December 1923  - d. 16 September 1977
  
 It is better to be subject to the Laws under one Master, than to be subservient to many. 
Author: Catherine II of Russia
Nationality: Russian
b. 2 May 1729  - d. 17 November 1796
  
 We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity. 
Author: Isadora Duncan
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1878  - d. 14 September 1927
  
 Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws. 
Author: Leon Trotsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 7 November 1879  - d. 21 August 1940
  
 There seems to be a law that governs all our actions so I never make plans. 
Author: Greta Garbo
Nationality: American
b. December 1905  - d.  December 1990
  
 McVeigh's lawyer got him the death penalty, which, quite frankly, I could have done. 
Author: Jon Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 28 November 1962
  
 Listen, little boy. In this business, there's only one law you gotta follow to keep outta trouble. Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doin' it. 
Author: Ben Hecht
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1894  - d. 18 April 1964
  
 There's only one law you gotta follow to keep outta trouble. Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doin' it. 
Author: Ben Hecht
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1894  - d. 18 April 1964
  
 So I think that if we want to have a Congress, if we want to have government that looks like America, if we want to have government that is truly a representative Democracy, then we need to clearly address how we get our campaign laws out of the way of Democracy. 
Author: Carol Elizabeth Moseley-Braun
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1947
  
 I believe in the division of labor. You send us to Congress; we pass laws under which you make money - and out of your profits, you further contribute to our campaign funds to send us back again to pass more laws to enable you to make more money. 
Author: Boles Penrose
Nationality: American
b. 1 November 1860  - d. 31 December 1921
  
 O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain. America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea. O beautiful for pilgrim feet Whose stern impassion'd stress A thorough?fare for freedom beat Across the wilderness. America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw, Confirm thy soul in self control, Thy liberty in law. O beautiful for heroes prov'd In liberating strife, Who more than self their country lov'd And mercy more than life. America! America! May God thy gold reflne Till all success be nobleness, And ev'ry gain divine. O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years, Thine alabaster cities gleam, Undimmed by human tears. America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea.  
Author: Katherine Lee Bates
Nationality: American
b. 12 August 1859  - d. 28 March 1929
  
 Custom, that is before all law; Nature, that is above all art. 
Author: Samuel Daniel
Nationality: English
b. December 1562  - d. 14 October 1619
  
 Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 Every juror swears that he will give a true verdict according to his evidence. The sacred obligation of this oath demands, that to unanimity truth shall not be made a sacrifice. 
Author: James Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1742  - d. 21 August 1798
  
 That men ought to be governed, seems to have been agreed on all hands: the reason is, that, without government, they could never attain any high or permanent share of perfection or happiness. But the question has been - by whom should they be governed? And this has been made a question, by reason of two others - by whom can they be governed? - are they capable of governing themselves? 
Author: James Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1742  - d. 21 August 1798
  
 With regard, says Rousseau, to the prerogative of granting pardon to criminals, condemned by the laws of their country, and sentenced by the judges, it belongs only to that power, which is superiour both to the judges and the laws - the sovereign Literatureity. 
Author: James Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1742  - d. 21 August 1798
  
 Christianity is part of the common law. 
Author: James Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1742  - d. 21 August 1798
  
 What we seek is the reign of law, based upon the consent of the governed and sustained by the organized opinion of mankind. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress. 
Author: Quentin Crisp
Nationality: English
b. 25 December 1908  - d. 21 November 1999
  
 Wirth's law: "Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster. 
Author: Niklaus Wirth
Nationality: Swiss
b. 15 February 1934
  
 There is one universal sex law: Sex shall not be unregulated. 
Author: Robert Anton Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1932
  
 I believe in Spinoza's God, who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God Who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 My position concerning God is that of an agnostic. I am convinced that a vivid consciousness of the primary importance of moral principles for the betterment and ennoblement of life does not need the idea of a law-giver, especially a law-giver who works on the basis of reward and punishment. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up to now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future. 
Author: Max Planck
Nationality: German
b. 23 April 1858  - d. 4 October 1947
  
 The corn law was intended to keep wheat at the price of 80s. the quarter; it is now under 40s. the quarter. 
Author: John Bright
Nationality: British
b. 16 November 1811  - d. 27 March 1889
  
 We fear death, we shudder at life's instability, we grieve to see the flowers wilt again and again, and the leaves fall, and in our hearts we know that we, too, are transitory and will soon disappear. When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something that lasts longer than we do. 
Author: Hermann Hesse
Nationality: Swiss
b. 2 July 1877  - d. 9 August 1962
  
 All whom war, dearth, age, agues, tyrannies, Despair, law, chance, hath slain. 
Author: John Donne
Nationality: English
b. 23 January 1572  - d. 31 March 1631
  
 David and his men went out and killed two hundred Philistines. He brought their foreskins and presented the full number to the king so that he might become the king's son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage. 
Tome: The Bible
Nationality: English   
 And as soon as I did the research, I realized the law seemed to be on my side and I filed the suit. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 My daughter is in the lawsuit because you need that for standing. 
Author: Michael Newdow
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1953
  
 I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money. 
Author: Mary Roberts Rinehart
Nationality: American
b. 12 August 1876  - d. 22 September 1958
  
 The law, in our case, seems to make the right; and the very reverse ought to be done - the right should make the law. 
Author: Maria Edgeworth
Nationality: English
b. 1 January 1767  - d. 22 May 1849
  
 To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 With bad laws and good civil servants it's still possible to govern. But with bad civil servants even the best laws can't help. 
Author: Prince Otto von Bismarck
Nationality: German
b. 1 April 1815  - d. 30 July 1898
  
 Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, for according to the law, and by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I am come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that, whereof I am accused and condemned to die, but I pray God save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never: and to me he was ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord. And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge the best. And thus I take my leave of the world and of you all, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me. O Lord have mercy on me, to God I commend my soul. 
Author: Ann Boleyn
Nationality: English
b. December 1507  - d. 19 May 1536
  
 Since the narrower or wider community of the peoples of the earth has developed so far that a violation of rights in one place is felt throughout the world, the idea of a cosmopolitan right is not fantastical, high-flown or exaggerated notion. It is a complement to the unwritten code of the civil and international law, necessary for the public rights of mankind in general and thus for the realization of perpetual peace. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 There is only a single categorical imperative and it is this: Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 I listened to my accountants and lawyers. I signed the contract and put the advance in the bank, but inside my heart I felt something was wrong. 
Author: Barry White
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1944  - d. 4 July 2003
  
 We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers. 
Author: Emmeline Pankhurst
Nationality: British
b. December 1858  - d.  December 1928
  
 I've already given you the answer on this subject, I have told you that I pay whatever tax I am required to pay under the law, not a penny more, not a penny less, and the suggestion that I am trying to evade tax, which is what you're putting forward, I find highly offensive and I don't intend to cooperate with you in the blackening of my character. 
Author: Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 December 1937  - d. 26 December 2005
  
 The whole problem of the relation between parent and subsidiary corporations is one that is still enveloped in the mists of metaphor. Metaphors in law are to be narrowly watched, for starting as devices to liberate thought, they end often by enslaving it. We say at times that the corporate entity will be ignored when the parent corporation operates a business through a subsidiary which is characterized as an 'alias' or a 'dummy.' Dominion may be so complete, interference so obtrusive, that by the general rules of agency the parent will be a principal and the subsidiary an agent. 
Author: Benjamin Nathan Cardozo
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1870  - d. 9 July 1938
  
 Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason - the law which is perfection of reason. 
Author: Edward Coke
Nationality: English
b. 1 February 1552  - d. 3 September 1633
  
 How long soever it hath continued, if it be against reason, it is of no force in law. 
Author: Edward Coke
Nationality: English
b. 1 February 1552  - d. 3 September 1633
  
 The aim of law is the maximum gratification of the nervous system of man. 
Author: Learned Hand
Nationality: American
b. 27 January 1872  - d. 18 August 1961
  
 It lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it. 
Author: Learned Hand
Nationality: American
b. 27 January 1872  - d. 18 August 1961
  
 Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. 
Author: Learned Hand
Nationality: American
b. 27 January 1872  - d. 18 August 1961
  
 The life of the law has not been logic, it has been experience. 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 8 March 1841  - d. 6 March 1935
  
 Law corresponds at any given time with what is understood to be convenient. That involves continual change, and there can be no eternal order. 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 8 March 1841  - d. 6 March 1935
  
 For the rational study of the law the blackletter man may be the man of the present, but the man of the future is the man of statistics and the master of economics. 
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 8 March 1841  - d. 6 March 1935
  
 When we deal with questions relating to principles of law and their applications, we do not suddenly rise into a stratosphere of icy certainty. 
Author: Charles Evans Hughes
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1862  - d. 27 August 1948
  
 The United States is the greatest law factory the world has ever known. 
Author: Charles Evans Hughes
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1862  - d. 27 August 1948
  
 Dissents are appeals to the brooding spirit of the law, to the intelligence of another day. 
Author: Charles Evans Hughes
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1862  - d. 27 August 1948
  
 On the part of Somerset, the case which we gave notice should be decided, this day, the Court now proceeds to give its opinion. The state of slavery is of such a nature, that it is incapable of being introduced on any reasons, moral or political; but only positive law, which preserves its force long after the reasons, occasion, and time itself from whence it was created, is erased from memory: it's so odious, that nothing can be suffered to support it but positive law. Whatever inconveniences, therefore, may follow from a decision, I cannot say this case is allowed or approved by the law of England; and therefore the black must be discharged. 
Author: Lord William Murray Mansfield
Nationality: English
b. 2 March 1705  - d. 20 March 1793
  
 I know it when I see it and the motion picture involved in this case is not that. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 The dichotomy between personal liberties and property rights is a false one. Property does not have rights. People have rights. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 The 4th Amendment and the personal rights it secures have a long history. At the very core stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 To force a lawyer on a defendant can only lead him to believe that the law contrives against him. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 It must always be remembered that what the Constitution forbids is not all searches and seizures, but unreasonable searches and seizures. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 A person's mere propinquity to others independently suspected of criminal activity does not give rise to probable cause to search that person. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 Abortion is inherently different from other medical procedures because no other procedure involves the purposeful termination of a potential life. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 In fact, a fundamental interdependence exists between the personal right to liberty and the personal right in property. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 Fairness is what justice really is. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 In the course of my twenty years career as an assailant of special privilege, I have attacked pretty nearly every important interest in America. The statements I have made, if false, would have been enough to deprive me of a thousand times all the property I ever owned, and to have sent me to prison for a thousand times a normal man's life. I have been called a liar on many occasions, needless to say; but never once in all these twenty years has one of my enemies ventured to bring me into a court of law, and to submit the issue between us to a jury of American citizens. 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 Science is knowledge arranged and classified according to truth, facts, and the general laws of nature. 
Author: Luther Burbank
Nationality: American
b. 7 March 1849  - d. 11 April 1926
  
 If you violate Nature's laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman. 
Author: Luther Burbank
Nationality: American
b. 7 March 1849  - d. 11 April 1926
  
 Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul. 
Author: George Bancroft
Nationality: American
b. 3 October 1800  - d. 17 January 1891
  
 In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous. 
Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 56  - d.  December 117
  
 The more corrupt the republic, the more numerous the laws. 
Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 56  - d.  December 117
  
 The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.  
Author: Euclid
Nationality: Greek
b. December 300
  
 Lawyers, I suppose, were children once. 
Author: Charles Lamb
Nationality: English
b. 10 February 1775  - d. 27 December 1834
  
 By gold all good faith has been banished; by gold our rights are abused; the law itself is influenced by gold, and soon there will be an end of every modest restraint. 
Author: Sextus Propertius
Nationality: Roman
b. December 50  - d.  December 16
  
 To the totality of purposes of the perfect Law there belong the abandonment, depreciation, and restraint of desires in so far as possible. 
Author: Moses Maimonides
Nationality: Spanish
b. 30 March 1135  - d. 13 December 1204
  
 Couldn't we just get together and agree on the few basic Commandments that are laws? Like 'I won't slaughter you, and don't take my shit. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 The other commandments, such as honoring no god before the Judeo-Christian God, keeping the Sabbath holy, or honoring thy mother and thy father, are not American laws at all. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 The jury could get the case as early as next week, but the defense says they just want to introduce one last-minute load of crap. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Business ethics, in any civilization, is properly defined by moral and religious traditions, and it is a confession of moral bankruptcy to assert that what the law does not explicitly prohibit is therefore morally permissible. 
Author: Irving Kristol
Nationality: American
b. 22 January 1920
  
 But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 Who would not like to see all these benefits flow forth upon the world from the law, as from an inexhaustible source? But is it possible? Whence does the state draw those resources that it is urged to dispense by way of benefits to individuals? Is it not from the individuals themselves? How, then, can these resources be increased by passing through the hands of a parasitical and voracious intermediary? 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 Either fraternity is spontaneous, or it does not exist. To decree it is to annihilate it. The law can indeed force men to remain just; in vain would it would try to force them to be self-sacrificing. 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 Life, faculties, production - in other words, individuality, liberty, property - this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it. Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 Try to imagine a regulation of labor imposed by force that is not a violation of liberty; a transfer of wealth imposed by force that is not a violation of property. If you cannot reconcile these contradictions, then you must conclude that the law cannot organize labor and industry without organizing injustice. 
Author: Frederic Bastiat
Nationality: French
b. 30 June 1801  - d. 24 December 1850
  
 There is no way to justify our present public monopoly of the post office. It may be argued that the carrying of mail is a technical monopoly and that a government monopoly is the least of evils. Along these lines, one could perhaps justify a government post office, but not the present law, which makes it illegal for anybody else to carry the mail. If the delivery of mail is a technical monopoly, no one else will be able to succeed in competition with the government. If it is not, there is no reason why the government should be engaged in it. The only way to find out is to leave other people free to enter. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.  
Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Nationality: Russian
b. 29 January 1860  - d. 15 July 1904
  
 The glorious uncertainty of the law was a thing well known and complained of, by all ignorant people, but all learned gentleman considered it as its greatest excellency. 
Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 October 1751  - d. 7 July 1816
  
 What law, what reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird? 
Author: Pedro Calderon
Nationality: Spanish
b. 17 January 1600  - d. 25 May 1681
  
 But it is a law of life and development in history where two national civilizations meet they fight for ascendancy. 
Author: Bernhard von Bülow
Nationality: German
b. 3 May 1849  - d. 28 October 1929
  
 Justice is lame as well as blind, amongst us. 
Author: Thomas Otway
Nationality: English
b. 3 March 1652  - d. 14 April 1685
  
 We must reverse this psychology of needing guns for home defense. We can do it by passing a law that says anyone found in possession of a handgun except a legitimate officer of the law goes to jail - period! 
Author: Carl Thomas Rowan
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1925  - d. 23 September 2000
  
 The Federal courts surrendered to racist mob psychology as cravenly as any law officer ever did in the Reconstruction South under pressure from a lynch mob. Suddenly, mass bigotry was more dominant in the so called halls of justice in 1995 than it had been in 1955. 
Author: Carl Thomas Rowan
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1925  - d. 23 September 2000
  
 Insects were scurrying about in the shade cast by the grass, and the lawn was a huge monotonous forest of thousands of little green blades, all equal, all alike, hiding the world from each other. Anguished, she thought, "I don't want to be just another blade of grass." 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait. 
Author: Sir Max Beerbohm
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1872  - d. 20 May 1956
  
 The Second Amendment guarantees the individual right to own, possess, and use personal firearms, and as President I will ensure that this right is not compromised. People convicted of violent crime should forfeit their right to own firearms, but sportsmen, hunters, & law-abiding Americans should be allowed to use guns for pleasure or personal or family safety. Private ownership of guns gives citizens of this free republic the means to protect life, liberty and property - and I will fully & faithfully protect that right. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 A federal law to "restate the true meaning of the 14th Amendment" and denial of automatic citizenship to "anchor babies" born to illegal aliens. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 Between the weak and the strong, it is freedom which oppresses and the law which sets free. 
Author: Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
Nationality: French
b. 12 May 1802  - d. 21 November 1861
  
 Whilst you pursue with joy and sorrow the formation of the modern society, one of your children, Christian by faith, Father by traditional anointing of the Catholic Church, comes to reclaim from you his part in the freedoms that you have conquered and for which he himself has prayed. I am responsible to an authority which is the Queen of the world, which from time immemorial has proscribed laws, has made others, on which the charters themselves depend and whose stoppages, unaware of a day, end soon or late by executing themselves. It is to public opinion that I ask for protection and I ask for it against itself, if it needs it. 
Author: Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
Nationality: French
b. 12 May 1802  - d. 21 November 1861
  
 According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another.  
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Freedom is a man's natural power of doing what he pleases, so far as he is not prevented by force or law. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 I never heard of an old man forgetting where he had buried his money! Old people remember what interests them: the dates fixed for their lawsuits, and the names of their debtors and creditors. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 In time of war the laws are silent. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 More law, less justice. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 The best interpreter of the law is custom. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 The good of the people is the greatest law. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 The more laws, the less justice. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give everyone else his due. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 The safety of the people shall be the highest law. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 To know the laws is not to memorize their letter but to grasp their full force and meaning. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men - not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular. This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy's methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 The great law of culture is - Let each become all that he was created capable of being. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Every pitifulest whipster that walks within a skin has had his head filled with the notion that he is, shall be, or by all human and divine laws ought to be, 'happy.' His wishes, the pitifulest whipster's, are to be fulfilled for him; his days, the pitifulest whipster's, are to flow on in an ever-gentle current of enjoyment, impossible even for the gods. The prophets preach to us, Thou shalt be happy, thou shalt love pleasant things, and find them. The people clamor, Why have we not found pleasant things? God's laws are become a greatest happiness principle. There is no religion; there is no God; man has lost his soul. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 I say that the Second Amendment doesn't allow for exceptions - or else it would have read that the right "to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, unless Congress chooses otherwise." And because there are no exceptions, I disagree with my fellow panelists who say the existing gun laws should be enforced. Those laws are unconstitutional [and] wrong - because they put you at a disadvantage to armed criminals, to whom the laws are no inconvenience. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, many governments in southern states forced people to segregate by race. Civil rights advocates fought to repeal these state laws, but failed. So they appealed to the federal government, which responded with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But this federal law didn't simply repeal state laws compelling segregation. It also prohibited voluntary segregation. What had been mandatory became forbidden. Neither before nor after the Civil Rights Act were people free to make their own decisions about who they associated with. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 There already are 20,000 federal gun laws and regulations on the books. If those laws haven't made America safe by now, why should we think 20,001 laws will suffice? 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 I hate lawns. Subconsciously I think we all hate them because we're their slaves. Imagine the millions of people who get on their lawn-mowers and ride around in circles every Saturday and Sunday. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 Permaculture is anti-political. There is no room for politicians or administrators or priests. And there are no laws either. The only ethics we obey are: care of the earth, care of people, and reinvestment in those ends. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 What is proposed herein is that we have no right, nor any ethical justification, for clearing land or using wilderness while we tread over lawns, create erosion, and use land inefficiently. Our responsibility is to put our house in order. Should we do so, there will never be any need to destroy wilderness. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 A bird's-eye view of centralised and disempowered societies will reveal a strictly rectilinear network of streets, farms, and property boundaries. It is as though we have patterned the earth to suit our survey instruments rather than to serve human or environmental needs. We cannot perhaps blame Euclid for this, but we can blame his followers. The straight-line patterns that result prevent most sensible landscape planning strategies and result in neither an aesthetically nor functionally satisfactory landscape or stretscape. Once established, then entered into a body of law, such inane - or insane - patterning is stubbornly defended. But it is created by, and can be dismantled by, people. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 We hope that the Archdiocese does not file for bankruptcy. We think it would be a form of moral bankruptcy if they do exercise these options. We look forward to the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law to explain to a bancruptcy judge why he lives in a palatial mansion while over 450 clients lie wounded on a battlefield. 
Author: Roderick MacLeish
Nationality: American   
 I would have these good people to recollect, that the laws of this country hold out to foreigners an offer of all that liberty of the press which Americans enjoy, and that, if this liberty be abridged, by whatever means it may be done, the laws and the constitution, and all together, is a mere cheat; a snare to catch the credulous and enthusiastic of every other nation; a downright imposition on the world. 
Author: William Cobbett
Nationality: English
b. 9 March 1763  - d. 18 June 1835
  
 Women are a sisterhood. They make common cause in behalf of the sex; and, indeed, this is natural enough, when we consider the vast power that the law gives us over them. 
Author: William Cobbett
Nationality: English
b. 9 March 1763  - d. 18 June 1835
  
 The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power, and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society. 
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1789  - d. 14 September 1851
  
 It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny. 
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1789  - d. 14 September 1851
  
 The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 Any law which violates the inseparable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 What is the end of our revolution? The tranquil enjoyment of liberty and equality; the reign of that eternal justice, the laws of which are graven, not on marble or stone, but in the hearts of men, even in the heart of the slave who has forgotten them, and in that of the tyrant who disowns them. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 I came to office promising major ethics reform to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is a law. While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over-the-top. I put it on eBay. 
Author: Sarah Palin
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1964
  
 Women need to become literary "criminals", break the literary laws and reinvent their own, because the established laws prevent women from presenting the reality of their lives. 
Author: Kathy Acker
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1947  - d. 30 November 1997
  
 Stephen Fry: What do I think of John Major's leadership? I'd welcome it! (Laughs hysterically). Stephen Fry: Well I just told him to stuff it. But he said that it'd been dead too long. Stephen Fry: 20 pounds. So I said I'll toss you for it. So he said what will you do for 50? Hugh Laurie: (Walking away) No I can't stop, I'm afraid. My wife is being towed away. Stephen Fry: I think animal testing is a terrible idea. They get all nervous and give silly answers. Hugh Laurie: Yes, I drive a Vauxhall Nova Splash. Uh, it's a limited edition. I think they only made one and a half million of them. Hugh Laurie: Well. "Bring back hanging!", I say. These tumble dryers are useless. Hugh Laurie: Testicles?! Bollocks, more like! Stephen Fry: I was very shocked when my son told me his boyfriend was a homosexual. Hugh Laurie: Do you know what makes me really mad? It's this belief that I'm John the Baptist. Hugh Laurie: I've always been a Daily Mail reader. I prefer it to a newspaper Hugh Laurie: (Examining a plate) See this? You could eat your dinner off this. Hugh Laurie: You know what makes me REALLY mad? It's this new drug, Ecstasy. Makes me MAD! Hugh Laurie: (As policeman) Ask me what my favourite food is. "Lancashire hotpot." Do you want to know why? "Lancashire hotpot" you in the name of the law! ... (aside) Oh, "Irish Stew"! Stephen Fry: I wouldn't suck it! 
T.V. Series: Fry and Laurie
Nationality: British   
 That, while the theological dogma of predestination is a barren hypothesis beyond the province of knowledge, and the metaphysical dogma of free will rests on an erroneous belief in the infallibility of consciousness, it is proved by science, and especially by statistics, that human actions are governed by laws as fixed and regular as those which rule in the physical world. 
Author: Henry Thomas Buckle
Nationality: English
b. 24 November 1821  - d. 29 May 1862
  
 I gather from a lawyer that there was a rehearsal yesterday. We haven't a hope. I know the presiding judge too: I've had the misfortune to sleep with his wife. He was specially picked. 
Author: Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
Nationality: French
b. 24 November 1808  - d. 29 September 1890
  
 So debated Doremus, like some hundreds of thousands of other craftsmen, teachers, lawyers, what-not, in some dozens of countries under a dictatorship, who were aware enough to resent the tyranny, conscientious enough not to take its bribes cynically, yet not so abnormally courageous as to go willingly to exile or dungeon or chopping-block - particularly when they "had wives and families to support.' 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Perhaps I am a crank, Martin. There are many who hate me. There are plots against me - oh, you t'ink I imagine it, but you shall see! I make many mistakes. But one thing I keep always pure: the religion of a scientist. To be a scientist - it is not just a different job, so that a man should choose between being a scientist and being an explorer or a bond-salesman or a physician or a king or a farmer. It is a tangle of ver-y obscure emotions, like mysticism, or wanting to write poetry; it makes its victim all different from the good normal man. The normal man, he does not care much what he does except that he should eat and sleep and make love. But the scientist is intensely religious - he is so religious that he will not accept quarter-truths, because they are an insult to his faith. He wants that everything should be subject to inexorable laws. He is equal opposed to the capitalists who t'ink their silly money-grabbing is a system, and to liberals who t'ink man is not a fighting animal; he takes both the American booster and the European aristocrat, and he ignores all their blithering. Ignores it! All of it! He hates the preachers who talk their fables, but he iss not too kindly to the anthropologists and historians who can only make guesses, yet they have the nerf to call themselves scientists! Oh, yes, he is a man that all nice good-natured people should naturally hate!  
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Now we got a lawyer, we got civilization, which I understand to mean that a man has a chance to get rich without working. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 The other aspect of this tape is the business of what should happen if there is an assassination. I cannot prevent some people from feeling angry and frustrated and mad, but I hope they will take that frustration and that madness and instread of demonstrating or anything of that type, I would hope they would take the power and I would hope that five, ten, one hundred, a thousand would rise. I would like to see every gay doctor come out, every gay lawyer, every gay architect come out, stand up and let that world know. That would do more to end prejudice overnight than anybody would imagine. I urge them to do that, urge them to come out. Only that way will we start to achieve our rights. 
Author: Harvey Milk
Nationality: American
b. 22 May 1930  - d. 27 November 1978
  
 There may be said to be three sorts of lawyers, able, unable, and lamentable. 
Author: Robert S. Surtees
Nationality: English
b. 17 May 1805  - d. 26 March 1864
  
 What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black. 
Author: Robert F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1925  - d. 6 June 1968
  
 Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce laws - but the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted - when we tolerate what we know to be wrong - when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened - when we fail to speak up and speak out - we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice. 
Author: Robert F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1925  - d. 6 June 1968
  
 The"mission of science is, by observation of the general relations of passing and real facts, to establish the general laws inherent in the development of the phenomena of the physical and social world. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 Last year Sally Loane was dumped as the presenter of the 702 morning program in Sydney and replaced by Virginia Trioli. The word went out from the ABC that Ms Loane did not rate well enough in inner-suburban Leichhardt. Meaning, apparently, that she did not appeal to Green-voting-leftist-luvvies or to the Labor left and, horror-of-horrors, was just too middle class. The ABC even ran such criticism - if criticism is the correct word - on its web chat-room. The public broadcaster happens to be about the only media outlet which likes to publicise the views of critics who bag its own products and presenters. Usually, of course, the critics are leftists. So Ms Trioli was called in from 774 in Melbourne where, shortly after 9/11, she had appealed to the inner-city leftist-luvvies in Fitzroy by suggesting that the best way to handle al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was to invite him around for a chat to discuss (in the parlance of the modern cliché) his issues. Well, the good folk of Leichhardt may well be happy with Virginia Trioli - who has a tendency to preach at, rather than listen to, callers to the program. It is a matter of record, however, that her current ratings (at 7.4 per cent) are still lower than Sally Loane's final figure (at 9.0 per cent) - in spite of the fact that Ms Trioli's program commences and finishes earlier than that of her predecessor and, consequently, should rate higher since it benefits from the popular News and AM programs which precede it. Well, it might still do so - but it has not as yet. Ms Trioli has the talent to present an metropolitan radio program. But the manner of Sally Loane's axing, and Virginia Trioli's subsequent employment, was handled with a high degree of unprofessionalism. Soon after taking up her Sydney gig, Ms Trioli headed back to Melbourne where, on Sunday 5 February 2006, she took part in a performance of Sedition!. According to the pre-performance advertising: 'Sedition! will bring together a coalition of comedians, commentators and satirists to protest against the Howard Government's recently introduced sedition laws...'. For 'balance', Kim Beazley was mocked as well. But not, of course, Bob Brown or - indeed - Osama bin Laden. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 And of course we are familiar with the English common law rule of thumb that said a man could in fact use a stick no bigger than his thumb to discipline his wife and family. 
Author: Patricia Ireland
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1945
  
 I've talked to law enforcement officials at the state and local level who say that violence against women is going up. In any case, we think that it's an important issue whether it's going up or not. And we are determined to stop it. 
Author: Patricia Ireland
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1945
  
 When I started law school I was shocked to learn that our legal system traditionally had the man as the head and master of the family. As late as the '70s and '80s when we were fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment, states like Louisiana still had a head and master law. 
Author: Patricia Ireland
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1945
  
 That which is not just is not law.  
Author: William Garrison
Nationality: American
b. 12 December 1805  - d. 24 May 1879
  
 I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law. 
Author: David Norman Dinkins
Nationality: American
b. 10 July 1927
  
 Every single time there is a mishap or tragedy, the call goes out for new laws, rules, prohibitions or licences to prevent similar harm to anyone else ever again in the future. 
Author: Miranda Devine
Nationality: Australian   
 Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French. One of the things which Gertrude Butterwick had impressed on Monty Bodkin when he left for his holiday on the Riviera was that he must be sure to practise his French, and Gertrude's word was law. So now, though he knew that it was going to make his nose tickle, he said: 'Er, garçon.' 'M'sieur?' 'Er, garçon, esker-vous avez un spot de l'encre et une piece de papier - note papier, vous savez - et une envelope et une plume.' The strain was too great. Monty relapsed into his native tongue. 'I want to write a letter,' he said. And having, like all lovers, rather a tendency to share his romance with the world, he would probably have aded 'to the sweetest girl on earth' , had not the waiter already bounded off like a retriever, to return a few moments later with the fixings. 'V'la, sir! Zere you are, sir,' said the waiter. He was engaged to a girl in Paris who had told him that when on the Riviera he must be sure to practise his English. 'Eenk - pin - pipper - enveloppe - and a liddle bit of bloddin-pipper.' 'Oh, merci,' said Monty, well pleased at this efficiency. 'Thanks. Right-ho.' 'Right-ho, m'sieur,' said the waiter. 
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1881  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 One-half of the people of this nation to-day are utterly powerless to blot from the statute books an unjust law, or to write there a new and a just one. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 The only chance women have for justice in this country is to violate the law, as I have done, and as I shall continue to do. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 I do not ask the clemency of the court. I came into it to get justice, having failed in this, I demand the full rigors of the law. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 But, yesterday, the same man-made forms of law, declared it a crime punishable with $1,000 fine and six months' imprisonment, for you, or me, or any of us, to give a cup of cold water, a crust of bread, or a night's shelter to a panting fugitive as he was tracking his way to Canada. And every man or woman in whose veins coursed a drop of human sympathy violated that wicked law, reckless of consequences, and was justified in so doing. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 May it please your honor, I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty. All the stock in trade I possess is a $10,000 debt, incurred by publishing my paper - The Revolution - four years ago, the sole object of which was to educate all women to do precisely as I have done, rebel against your man-made, unjust, unconstitutional forms of law, that tax, fine, imprison and hang women, while they deny them the right of representation in the government; and I shall work on with might and main to pay every dollar of that honest debt, but not a penny shall go to this unjust claim. And I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old revolutionary maxim, that resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 These then are the two points that I wanted to make. First, that human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it. Secondly, that they do not in fact behave in that way. They know the Law of Nature; they break it. These two facts are the foundation of all clear thinking about ourselves and the universe we live in. 
Author: C. S. Lewis
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1898  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 To think that the ruler of the universe will run to my assistance and bend the laws of nature for me is the height of arrogance. 
Author: Dan Barker
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1949
  
 Without The Law of Moses would we all be wandering around like little gods, stealing, raping, and spilling blood whenever our vanity was offended? 
Author: Dan Barker
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1949
  
 Below the highest sphere four Regents sit Who rule our world, and under them are zones Nearer, but high, where saintliest spirits dead Wait thrice ten thousand years, then live again; And on Lord Buddha, waiting in that sky, Came for our sakes the five sure signs of birth So that the Devas knew the signs, and said "Buddha will go again to help the World." "Yea!" spake He, "now I go to help the World. This last of many times; for birth and death End hence for me and those who learn my Law. I will go down among the Sakyas, Under the southward snows of Himalay, Where pious people live and a just King." 
Author: Edwin Arnold
Nationality: English
b. 10 June 1832  - d. 24 March 1904
  
 Now, when our Lord was come to eighteen years, The King commanded that there should be built Three stately houses, one of hewn square beams With cedar lining, warm for winter days; One of veined marbles, cool for summer heat; And one of burned bricks, with blue tiles bedecked, Pleasant at seed-time, when the champaks bud - Subha, Suramma, Ramma, were their names. Delicious gardens round about them bloomed, Streams wandered wild and musky thickets stretched, With many a bright pavilion and fair lawn In midst of which Siddartha strayed at will, Some new delight provided every hour; And happy hours he knew, for life was rich, With youthful blood at quickest; yet still came The shadows of his meditation back, As the lake's silver dulls with driving clouds. 
Author: Edwin Arnold
Nationality: English
b. 10 June 1832  - d. 24 March 1904
  
 In the thirteenth century the key words would no doubt be God, sin, grace, salvation, heaven and the like; in the nineteenth century, matter, fact, matter-of-fact, evolution, progress; in the twentieth century, relativity, process, adjustment, function, complex. In the eighteenth century the words without which no enlightened person could reach a restful conclusion were nature, natural law, first cause, reason, sentiment, humanity, perfectibility. 
Author: Carl Becker
Nationality: American
b. December 1873  - d.  December 1945
  
 And once again I am I will not say alone, no, that's not like me, but, how shall I say, I don't know, restored to myself, no, I never left myself, free, yes, I don't know what that means but it's the word I mean to use, free to do what, to do nothing, to know, but what, the laws of the mind perhaps, of my mind, that for example water rises in proportion as it drowns you and that you would do better, at least no worse, to obliterate texts than to blacken margins, to fill in the holes of words till all is blank and flat and the whole ghastly business looks like what is, senseless, speechless, issueless misery. 
Author: Samuel Beckett
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 March 1906  - d. 22 December 1989
  
 And once again I am I will not say alone, no, that's not like me, but, how shall I say, I don't know, restored to myself, no, I never left myself, free, yes, I don't know what that means but it's the word I mean to use, free to do what, to do nothing, to know, but what, the laws of the mind perhaps, of my mind, that for example water rises in proportion as it drowns you and that you would do better, at least no worse, to obliterate texts than to blacken margins, to fill in the holes of words till all is blank and flat and the whole ghastly business looks like what is, senseless, speechless, issueless misery. 
Author: Samuel Beckett
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 March 1906  - d. 22 December 1989
  
 Stroke of the pen. Law of the Land. Kinda cool. 
Author: Paul Begala
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1961
  
 Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished. 
Author: Jeremy Bentham
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1748  - d. 6 June 1832
  
 A great surgeon performs operations for stone by a single method; later he makes a statistical summary of deaths and recoveries, and he concludes from these statistics that the mortality law for this operation is two out of five. Well, I say that this ratio means literally nothing scientifically and gives us no certainty in performing the next operation; for we do not know whether the next case will be among the recoveries or the deaths. What really should be done, instead of gathering facts empirically, is to study them more accurately, each in its special determinism....to discover in them the cause of mortal accidents so as to master the cause and avoid the accidents. 
Author: Claude Bernard
Nationality: French
b. 12 July 1813  - d. 10 February 1878
  
 When you have police officers who abuse citizens, you erode public confidence in law enforcement. That makes the job of good police officers unsafe. 
Author: Mary Frances Berry
Nationality: American
b. December 1923
  
 A soldier whose business is murder as a fine art, a diplomat whose calling is based on deception and secretiveness, a politician whose very life consists in compromises with his conscience, a business man whose aim is personal profit within the limits allowed by a lenient law - such may be excused if they set patriotic deception above common everyday decency and perform services as spies. They merely accept the code of morality to which modern society still conforms. Not so the scientist. The very essence of his life is the service of truth. We all know scientists who in private life do not come up to the standard of truthfulness, but who, nevertheless, would not consciously falsify the results of their researches. It is bad enough if we have to put up with these, because they reveal a lack of strength of character that is liable to distort the results of their work. A person, however, who uses science as a cover for political spying, who demeans himself to pose before a foreign government as an investigator and asks for assistance in his alleged researches in order to carry on, under this cloak, his political machinations, prostitutes science in an unpardonable way and forfeits the right to be classed as a scientist. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 What would Wilfred Owen make of the invasion of Iraq? A bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the conception of international law? 
Author: Harold Pinter
Nationality: English
b. 10 October 1930  - d. 24 December 2008
  
 The EU-3 would rather continue to participate in fraudulent diplomacy rather than confront the hard truth - that it is the United States, and not Iran, that is operating outside international law when it comes to the issue of Iran's nuclear programme. 
Author: Scott Ritter
Nationality: American
b. 15 July 1961
  
 Anti-Semitism is dangerous for the toilers, for it is a false track which diverts them from the proper road and leads them into the jungle. Hence, Communists, as consistent internationalists, cannot but be irreconcilable and bitter enemies of anti-Semitism. In the U.S.S.R., anti-Semitism is strictly prosecuted as a phenomenon hostile to the Soviet system. According to the laws of the U.S.S.R. active anti-Semites are punished with death. 
Author: Joseph Stalin
Nationality: Russian
b. 21 December 1879  - d. 5 March 1953
  
 This leads to the conclusion, it is time to finish retreating. Not one step back! Such should now be our main slogan. Henceforth the solid law of discipline for each commander, Red Army soldier, and commissar should be the requirement - not a single step back without order from higher command. 
Author: Joseph Stalin
Nationality: Russian
b. 21 December 1879  - d. 5 March 1953
  
 Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong to the Gurindji people and I put into your hands part of the earth itself as a sign that this land will be the possession of you and your children forever. 
Author: Gough Whitlam
Nationality: Australian
b. 11 July 1916
  
 There was never any attempt or intent on my part by the writing of these policies (or any others for that fact), to authorize illegal or harassment type acts against anyone. As soon as it became apparent to me that the concept of 'Fair Game' as described above was being misinterpreted by the uninformed, to mean the granting of a license to Scientologists for acts in violation of the law and/or other standards of decency, these policies were canceled." 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Dianetics is not in any way covered by legislation anywhere, for no law can prevent one man sitting down and telling another man his troubles, and if anyone wants a monopoly on dianetics, be assured that he wants it for reasons which have to do not with dianetics but with profit. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 In any event, any person from 2.0 down on the Tone Scale should not have, in any thinking society, any civil rights of any kind, because by abusing those rights he brings into being arduous and strenuous laws which are oppressive to those who need no such restraints. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Now, get this as a technical fact, not a hopeful idea. Every time we have investigated the background of a critic of Scientology, we have found crimes for which that person or group could be imprisoned under existing law. We do not find critics of Scientology who do not have criminal pasts. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 We are slowly and carefully teaching the unholy a lesson. It is as follows: We are not a law enforcement agency. BUT we will become interested in the crimes of people who seek to stop us. If you oppose scientology we promptly look up - and find and expose - your crimes. If you leave us alone we will leave you alone. It's very simple. Even a fool can grasp that. And don't underrate our ability to carry it out. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Those fields which most depend upon authoritative opinion for their data least contain known natural law. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Scientology has always had a "fair-game doctrine' - a policy of doing absolutely anything to stop an investigation or publication of a critical article in a magazine or newspaper. They have run some incredible operations on the several people who have tried to write books about Scientology. It was almost like a terror campaign. First they'd try throwing every possible lawsuit at the reporter or newspaper. We had a team of attorneys to do just that. The goal was to destroy the enemy. So the solution was always to attack, full-bore, with every possible resource, from every angle, instantaneously it can certainly be overwhelming. A guy would get slapped with twenty-seven lawsuits, and our lawyers would start depositioning absolutely anybody who ever knew the man, digging up dirt while at the same time putting together an operation that would get him into further trouble. 
Author: Ronald DeWolf
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1934
  
 The Sabbath was made for Man; not Man for the Sabbath." - St. Mark, ii. 27. From this true Saying one may learn to draw The real Nature of all outward Law. In ev'ry Instance, rightly understood, Its Ground and Reason is the human Good; By all its Changes, since the World began, Man was not made for Law, but Law for Man. 
Author: John Byrom
Nationality: English
b. 29 February 1692  - d. 26 September 1763
  
 Beliefs about how you live your life, matters of private decision, views best kept for private enjoyment, prejudice or entertainment, can't be imposed by the operation of criminal law. Attempts to enforce such views can only make the government the subject of ridicule. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 The doctor who makes a friend of his patients, the lawyer who defends death penalty cases in distant countries for no fee, the schoolteacher who opens a child's eyes to a new world of books and poetry - such people do nothing that can be measured in marketplaces. The greatest painters, composers and writers don't offer you choices, they present you with what only they can do, and you must take it or leave it. So when such subjects as the values of the marketplace are discussed, you will probably not have much to contribute. You can repeat a poem in your head and wait until the conversation is over. But if anyone starts talking about "level playing fields," get up and steal quietly from the room. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 Are people naturally destructive, immoral, predatory and self-seeking, only to be kept in order by harsh laws and fiercely deterrent mandatory sentences? Or are men and women naturally orderly, merciful, humane and bred with a need for justice and mutual aid? ... when it comes to the law some sort of distinction can be drawn. Are you a Shylock or a Bassanio? 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 Jewish custom, which traces descent solely from the mother, is more sensible and more discreet. Our own lawgivers can't accept the fact that there are many things in family life that are best kept shrouded in mystery. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 Tough love" is just the right phrase: love for the rich and privileged, tough for everyone else. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Well, law is a bit like a printing press - it's kind of neutral, you can make it do anything. I mean, what lawyers are taught in law school is chicanery: how to convert words on paper into instruments of power. And depending where the power is, the law will mean different things. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 What can one say about a country where a museum of science in a great city can feature an exhibit in which people fire machine guns from a helicopter at Vietnamese huts, with a light flashing when a hit is scored? What can one say about a country where such an idea can even be considered? You have to weep for this country. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 What will happen we don't know, but plans are being made and programs implemented on the assumption that they may lead to the death of several million people in the next couple of weeks. Very casually, with no comment, no particular thought about it, that's just kind of normal, here, and in a good part of Europe. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The Grand Inquisitor explains that you have to create mysteries because otherwise the common people will be able to understand things. They have to be subordinated so you have to make things look mysterious and complicated. That's the test of the intellectual. It's also good for them: then you're an important person, talking big words which nobody can understand. Sometimes it gets kind of comical, say in post-modern discourse. Especially around Paris, it has become a comic strip, I mean it's all gibberish. But it's very inflated, a lot of television cameras, a lot of posturing. They try to decode it and see what is the actual meaning behind it, things that you could explain to an eight-year old child. There's nothing there. But these are the ways in which contemporary intellectuals, including those on the Left, create great careers for themselves, power for themselves, marginalize people, intimidate people and so on. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Question: Do you think the Palestinian suicide bombers are freedom fighters or terrorists? On Israel: Interview by Tony Jones on Lateline, April 8, 2002. They're terrorists - they're both, actually. They're trying to fight for freedom, but doing it in a totally unacceptable immoral way. Of course they're terrorists. And there's been Palestinian terrorism all the way through. I have always opposed it, I oppose it now. But it's very small as compared with the US-backed Israeli terrorism. Quite typically, violence reflects the means of violence. It's not unusual. State terror is almost always much more extreme than retail terror, and this is no exception. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 There's nothing nice that you can say about any of the Arab countries. Syria, for example, is one of the most violent terrorist regimes in the world. But it doesn't happen to be aggressive. Maybe it would like to be, but it isn't. For objective reasons. There's virtually no correlation between the internal nature of some country and its commitment to external violence. And I think if you look back over history you'll never find a correlation, back to the Greeks. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 There's one aspect of the right-wing fury about cutting off Imus that I agree with. They argue, I suppose rightly, that Imus was pulled off because of pressure from advertisers. Correct me if I missed something, but in the coverage and debate over this matter I failed to notice the observation that it is indeed wrong for advertisers to have any influence whatsoever on media content, one of the aspects in which the media depart very far from any ideal of freedom of press. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The incompetence of intelligence agencies is legendary. Every one of which you have records at all, whether it's the CIA, or the Israeli Mossad, or British M-6 or whatever they're called, they're just error after error. Some of them are almost unimaginable. Just take Vietnam. That was the top issue in American international affairs for, you know, 30 years. And we have a record of intelligence, very unusual record of intelligence, because it was not released by the government, it was stolen from them. So it's like capturing enemy archives. That's the Pentagon Papers. That's a 25-year record of high level intelligence, raw intelligence, CIA, DIA, whole bunch, State Department intelligence. A lot of it is in there, and it's very intriguing to look at it. In fact, the most interesting revelation of the Pentagon Papers in my view by far is the intelligence record. Here's roughly what happened, if you're interested, I've gone through it in print in detail, but here's the main story. In the late 1940s, the United States was kind of unclear about which side to support. That was true in Indonesia, it was true in Vietnam. You know, do you support the colonial power that's trying to reconquer it, or do you support the indigenous government and then try to take them over, that was their question. And they made different decisions in different places. In the case of Indochina, for whatever reason, they decided at one point to support France, in it's reconquest of Indochina. Well, at that point, essentially orders went to the U.S. intelligence communities, CIA and others, to demonstrate what was required. What was required to justify the support of France was that Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh were agents of either the Russians or the Chinese, didn't really matter, one or the other. But they had to be agents of the international communist conspiracy. OK, that would then justify support of the French reconquest. Everyone knew that was untrue, but that was plainly required for doctrinal reasons in order to support France and it's reconquest. OK, then comes a comic opera scene, for about 3 years, in which U.S. intelligence tries to prove what is necessary, that Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh are agents of the international communist conspiracy. And they tried, and tried, either China or Russia, they didn't care, anything would do. They couldn't do it, they couldn't find anything. They came back, occasionally they'd say, 'Well, we think we found copy of Pravda in the Bangkok legation', or something. But finally the intelligence concluded, look, this is very weird, but that is the only place in South East Asia where a nationalist movement has no connections at all with China or Russia. OK, what was the conclusion? The conclusion in the State Department was, OK, this proves that they're agents of the international communist conspiracy. Ho Chi Minh is such a loyal slave of, pick it, Mao or Stalin, that he doesn't even need orders. He just does it automatically, so you don't even have to have connections. From that point on, U.S. intelligence never investigated the question of whether the North Vietnamese, the Vietnamese but that's what they were, were following their own national interest. That issue was not discussable. In fact, in this 25-year record, turns out there's one staff paper, which was never even submitted, that raises the possibility that Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh were concerned with their own national interests instead of acting as agents of the international communist conspiracy. Well you know, anybody with a head screwed on knew that they were following national interests, but U.S. intelligence could not contemplate that possibility because it was doctrinally unacceptable. That's very similar to what was going on in the academic world, I should say. And you can't imagine a more dramatic case, I don't know which to call it, incompetence or whatever, doctrinal control. And this happens all the time. Take, say, the Israeli Mossad, which has a reputation for fantastic insights and so on. Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982 with the intention of destroying secular Palestinian nationalism, that was the goal, it was basically an attack on the PLO. OK, what did they get? Well, they ended up with a fundamentalist islamic movement which drove them out of Lebanon, Hezbollah. Israel's major defeat, they were expelled from most of Lebanon by resistance movement which was basically islamic fundamentalist. OK, they did destroy the secular PLO and instead what they got was a islamic fundamentalist movement that they couldn't control, drove them out of most of Lebanon. What did they do next? They did exactly the same thing in the West Bank. They undermined the secular PLO, and they ended up with Hamas on their hands, which they can't control. And they don't understand it, they just keep making the same mistake over and over again. It's just out of ideological fanaticism. And I think you find that wherever you look at intelligence activities. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 We're not analyzing the media on Mars or in the eighteenth century or something like that. We're dealing with real human beings who are suffering and dying and being tortured and starving because of policies that we are involved in, we as citizens of democratic societies are directly involved in and are responsible for, and what the media are doing is ensuring that we do not act on our responsibilities, and that the interests of power are served, not the needs of the suffering people, and not even the needs of the American people who would be horrified if they realized the blood that's dripping from their hands because of the way they are allowing themselves to be deluded and manipulated by the system. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The question of whether a computer is playing chess, or doing long division, or translating Chinese, is like the question of whether robots can murder or airplanes can fly - or people; after all, the "flight" of the Olympic long jump champion is only an order of magnitude short of that of the chicken champion, so I'm told. These are questions of decision, not fact; decision as to whether to adopt a certain metaphoric extension of common usage. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The death penalty can be tolerated only by extreme statist reactionaries, who demand a state that is so powerful that it has the right to kill. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The uniformity and obedience of the media, which any dictator would admire. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 "You have given considerable study to the Bible, haven't you, Mr. Bryan?" "Yes, sir; I have tried to ... But, of course, I have studied it more as I have become older than when I was a boy." "Do you claim then that everything in the Bible should be literally interpreted?" "I believe that everything in the Bible should be accepted as it is given there; some of the Bible is given illustratively. For instance: "Ye are the salt of the earth." I would not insist that man was actually salt, or that he had flesh of salt, but it is used in the sense of salt as saving God's people." 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 In summer, intolerable closeness; in winter, unendurable cold. All the floors were rotten. Filth on the floors an inch thick; one could slip and fall...We were packed like herrings in a barrel...There was no room to turn around. From dusk to dawn it was impossible not to behave like pigs...Fleas, lice, and black beetles by the bushel... 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by observing its prisoners. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I am a sick man... I am a spiteful man. I am an unpleasant man. I think my liver is diseased. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 To be acutely conscious is a disease, a real, honest-to-goodness disease. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The best definition of man is: a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 When... in the course of all these thousands of years has man ever acted in accordance with his own interests? 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The formula 'two plus two equals five' is not without its attractions. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Yes - you, you alone must pay for everything because you turned up like this, because I'm a scoundrel, because I'm the nastiest, most ridiculous, pettiest, stupidest, and most envious worm of all those living on earth who're no better than me in any way, but who, the devil knows why, never get embarrassed, while all my life I have to endure insults from every louse - that's my fate. What do I care that you do not understand any of this? 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I could never stand more than three months of dreaming at a time without feeling an irresistible desire to plunge into society. To plunge into society meant to visit my superior, Anton Antonich Syetochkin. He was the the only permanent acquaintance I have had in my life, and I even wonder at the fact myself now. But I even went to see him only when that phase came over me, and when my dreams had reached such a point of bliss that it became essential to embrace my fellows and all mankind immediately. And for that purpose I needed at least one human being at hand who actually existed. I had to call on Anton Antonich, however, on Tuesday - his at-home day; so I always had to adjust my passionate desire to embrace humanity so that it might fall on a Tuesday. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself, and every decent man has a considerable number of such things stored away. That is, one can even say that the more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The characteristics of our "romantics" are absolutely and directly opposed to the transcendental European type, and no European standard can be applied to them. (Allow me to make use of this word "romantic" - an old-fashioned and much respected word which has done good service and is familiar to all.) The characteristics of our romantics are to understand everything, to see everything and to see it often incomparably more clearly than our most realistic minds see it; to refuse to accept anyone or anything, but at the same time not to despise anything; to give way, to yield, from policy; never to lose sight of a useful practical object (such as rent-free quarters at the government expense, pensions, decorations), to keep their eye on that object through all the enthusiasms and volumes of lyrical poems, and at the same time to preserve "the sublime and the beautiful" inviolate within them to the hour of their death, and to preserve themselves also, incidentally, like some precious jewel wrapped in cotton wool if only for the benefit of "the sublime and the beautiful." Our "romantic" is a man of great breadth and the greatest rogue of all our rogues, I assure you .... I can assure you from experience, indeed. Of course, that is, if he is intelligent. But what am I saying! The romantic is always intelligent, and I only meant to observe that although we have had foolish romantics they don't count, and they were only so because in the flower of their youth they degenerated into Germans, and to preserve their precious jewel more comfortably, settled somewhere out there - by preference in Weimar or the Black Forest. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 It was not only that I could not become spiteful, I did not know how to become anything; neither spiteful nor kind, neither a rascal nor an honest man, neither a hero nor an insect. Now, I am living out my life in my corner, taunting myself with the spiteful and useless consolation that an intelligent man cannot become anything seriously, and it is only the fool who becomes anything. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Granted I am a babbler, a harmless vexatious babbler, like all of us. But what is to be done if the direct and sole vocation of every intelligent man is babble, that is, the intentional pouring of water through a sieve? 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 To care only for well-being seems to me positively ill-bred. Whether it's good or bad, it is sometimes very pleasant, too, to smash things. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Talking nonsense is man's only privilege that distinguishes him from all other organisms. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 "You're a gentleman," they used to say to him. "You shouldn't have gone murdering people with a hatchet; that's no occupation for a gentleman." 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Do a man dirt, yourself you hurt. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Accept suffering and achieve atonement through it - that is what you must do. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 If not reason, then the devil. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 A widow, the mother of a family, and from her heart she produces chords to which my whole being responds. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 It wasn't the New World that mattered ... Columbus died almost without seeing it; and not really knowing what he had discovered. It's life that matters, nothing but life - the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all. But what's the use of talking! I suspect that all I'm saying now is so like the usual commonplaces that I shall certainly be taken for a lower-form schoolboy sending in his essay on "sunrise", or they'll say perhaps that I had something to say, but that I did not know how to "explain" it. But I'll add, that there is something at the bottom of every new human thought, every thought of genius, or even every earnest thought that springs up in any brain, which can never be communicated to others, even if one were to write volumes about it and were explaining one's idea for thirty-five years; there's something left which cannot be induced to emerge from your brain, and remains with you forever; and with it you will die, without communicating to anyone perhaps the most important of your ideas. But if I too have failed to convey all that has been tormenting me for the last six months, it will, anyway, be understood that I have paid very dearly for attaining my present "last conviction." This is what I felt necessary, for certain objects of my own, to put forward in my "Explanation". However, I will continue. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Lack of originality, everywhere, all over the world, from time immemorial, has always been considered the foremost quality and the recommendation of the active, efficient and practical man... 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 To kill someone for committing murder is a punishment incomparably worse than the crime itself. Murder by legal sentence is immeasurably more terrible than murder by brigands. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Roman Catholicism is even worse than Atheism itself, in my opinion! Yes, that's my opinion! Atheism only preaches a negation, but Catholicism goes further: it preaches a distorted Christ, a Christ calumniated and defamed by themselves, the opposite of Christ! It preaches the Antichrist, I declare it does, I assure you it does! This is the conviction I have long held, and it has distressed me, myself... Roman Catholicism cannot hold its position without universal political supremacy, and cries: 'Non possumus!' To my thinking Roman Catholicism is not even a religion, but simply the continuation of the Western Roman Empire, and everything in it is subordinated to that idea, faith to begin with. The Pope seized the earth, an earthly throne, and grasped the sword; everything has gone on in the same way since, only they have added to the sword lying, fraud, deceit, fanaticism, superstition, villainy. They have trifled with the most holy, truthful, sincere, fervent feelings of the people; they have bartered it all, all for money, for base earthly power. And isn't that the teaching of Antichrist? How could Atheism fail to come from them? Atheism has sprung from Roman Catholicism itself. It originated with them themselves. Can they have believed themselves? It has been strengthened by revulsion from them; it is begotten by their lying and their spiritual impotence! Atheism! Among us it is only the exceptional classes who don't believe, those who, as Yevgeny Pavlovitch splendidly expressed it the other day, have lost their roots. But over there, in Europe, a terrible mass of the people themselves are beginning to lose their faith - at first from darkness and lying, and now from fanaticism and hatred of the church and Christianity. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 A fool with a heart and no sense is just as unhappy as a fool with sense and no heart. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 It was evident that he revived by fits and starts. He would suddenly come to himself from actual delirium for a few minutes; he would remember and talk with complete consciousness, chiefly in disconnected phrases which he had perhaps thought out and learnt by heart in the long weary hours of his illness, in his bed, in sleepless solitude. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the beginning of their career, and very frequently at the end of it also. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I consider you the most honest and truthful of men, more honest and truthful than anyone; and if they say that your mind . . . that is, that you're sometimes afflicted in your mind, it's unjust. I made up my mind about that, and disputed with others, because, though you really are mentally afflicted (you won't be angry with that, of course; I'm speaking from a higher point of view), yet the mind that matters is better in you than in any of them. It's something, in fact, they have never dreamed of. For there are two sorts of mind: one that matters, and one that doesn't matter. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I have never in my life met a man like him for noble simplicity, and boundless truthfulness. I understood from the way he talked that anyone who chose could deceive him, and that he would forgive anyone afterwards who had deceived him, and that was why I grew to love him. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Humiliate the reason and distort the soul... 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Nor is there any embarrassment in the fact that we're ridiculous, isn't it true? For it's actually so, we are ridiculous, light-minded, with bad habits, we're bored, we don't know how to look, how to understand, we're all like that, all, you, and I, and they! Now, you're not offended when I tell you to your face that you're ridiculous? And if so, aren't you material? You know, in my opinion it's sometimes even good to be ridiculous, if not better: we can the sooner forgive each other, the sooner humble ourselves; we can't understand everything at once, we cant start right out with perfection! To achieve perfection, one must first begin by not understanding many things! And if we understand too quickly, we may not understand well. This I tell you, you, who have already been able to understand. .. and not understand ... so much. I'm not afraid for you now; 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Who consciously throws himself into the water or onto the knife? 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The prince says that the world will be saved by beauty! And I maintain that the reason he has such playful ideas is that he is in love. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Pass by us, and forgive us our happiness. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Man is unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy. It's only that. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Hold your tongue; you won't understand anything. If there is no God, then I am God. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I am a ridiculous person. Now they call me a madman. That would be a promotion if it were not that I remain as ridiculous in their eyes as before. But now I do not resent it, they are all dear to me now, even when they laugh at me - and, indeed, it is just then that they are particularly dear to me. I could join in their laughter - not exactly at myself, but through affection for them, if I did not feel so sad as I look at them. Sad because they do not know the truth and I do know it. Oh, how hard it is to be the only one who knows the truth! But they won't understand that. No, they won't understand it. Primarily the translation of Constance Garnett - 1916 Variant translation: I am a ridiculous man. They call me a madman now. That would be a distinct rise in my social position were it not that they still regard me as being as ridiculous as ever. But that does not make me angry any more. They are all dear to me now even while they laugh at me - yes, even then they are for some reason particularly dear to me. I shouldn't have minded laughing with them - not at myself, of course, but because I love them - had I not felt so sad as I looked at them. I feel sad because they do not know the truth, whereas I know it. Oh, how hard it is to be the only man to know the truth! But they won't understand that. No, they will not understand. Translated by David Magarshack 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I gave up caring about anything, and all the problems disappeared. And it was after that that I found out the truth. I learnt the truth last November - on the third of November, to be precise - and I remember every instant since. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 The sky was horribly dark, but one could distinctly see tattered clouds, and between them fathomless black patches. Suddenly I noticed in one of these patches a star, and began watching it intently. That was because that star had given me an idea: I decided to kill myself that night. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 It seemed clear to me that life and the world somehow depended upon me now. I may almost say that the world now seemed created for me alone: if I shot myself the world would cease to be at least for me. I say nothing of its being likely that nothing will exist for anyone when I am gone, and that as soon as my consciousness is extinguished the whole world will vanish too and become void like a phantom, as a mere appurtenance of my consciousness, for possibly all this world and all these people are only me myself. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Dreams, as we all know, are very queer things: some parts are presented with appalling vividness, with details worked up with the elaborate finish of jewellery, while others one gallops through, as it were, without noticing them at all, as, for instance, through space and time. Dreams seem to be spurred on not by reason but by desire, not by the head but by the heart, and yet what complicated tricks my reason has played sometimes in dreams, what utterly incomprehensible things happen to it! 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Yes, I dreamed a dream, my dream of the third of November. They tease me now, telling me it was only a dream. But does it matter whether it was a dream or reality, if the dream made known to me the truth? If once one has recognized the truth and seen it, you know that it is the truth and that there is no other and there cannot be, whether you are asleep or awake. Let it be a dream, so be it, but that real life of which you make so much I had meant to extinguish by suicide, and my dream, my dream - oh, it revealed to me a different life, renewed, grand and full of power! 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 I suddenly dreamt that I picked up the revolver and aimed it straight at my heart - my heart, and not my head; and I had determined beforehand to fire at my head, at my right temple. After aiming at my chest I waited a second or two, and suddenly my candle, my table, and the wall in front of me began moving and heaving. I made haste to pull the trigger. 
Author: Fedor Dostoyevski
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 November 1821  - d. 9 February 1881
  
 Citizens who take it upon themselves to do unusual actions which attract the attention of the police should be careful to bring these actions into one of the recognized categories of crimes and offences, for it is intolerable that the police should be put to the pains of inventing reasons for finding them undesirable. 
Author: Sir Alan Patrick Herbert
Nationality: English
b. 24 September 1890  - d. 11 November 1971
  
 It cannot be too clearly understood that this is not a free country, and it will be an evil day for the legal profession when it is. 
Author: Sir Alan Patrick Herbert
Nationality: English
b. 24 September 1890  - d. 11 November 1971
  
 Justice should be cheap but judges expensive. 
Author: Sir Alan Patrick Herbert
Nationality: English
b. 24 September 1890  - d. 11 November 1971
  
 Like a bloke puts on makeup and heels and goes out looking for a fight. 
Author: Eddie Izzard
Nationality: British
b. 7 February 1962
  
 Dress, stand, speak properly. 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 Look at my eyes. I want you to keep your eyes on my eyes. 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 Uncross your arms! 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 Tell the truth. You don't seem to be losing, but if you lie, you will. 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 I want you to make sure that anything you say to me is 100% fool-proof truth. Do you understand? Because just as I can wipe up the floor with these two idiots (indicates defendant and his witness), anyone who tells me a lie, I find very offensive. 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 Did you ever hear the expression, "Beauty fades, dumb is forever"? Emblazon it in front of your eyes. 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 Your hot temper started the problem. My temper's gonna finish it. 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 I'm ten steps ahead of you, sir. 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 Baloney! 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 It's the most ridiculous thing I can think of - for two people who do not have a contract, a legally binding contract between them, like a marriage certificate, to open up a joint bank account is the dumbest thing! Listen out there, youngsters!!! 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 She's operating in La-La Land someplace! 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 Can't you get this through your head? He did NOTHING WRONG! YOU did! 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 You have to find something else to do with your time, constructively, rather than make children who are going to grow up with no moral compass like their mother. 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 Why don't you spend more time on your studies than you do on putting on your eye makeup? It'll help you. Really, it'll help you. 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 You cannot waive a guarantee. Someone gave you very, very bad legal advice if they told you that you could make a guarantee here (waves a copy of defendant's newspaper ad) and then you, not the customer, could waive the guarantee. And I don't know whoever did that, but they got their legal license in Close-the-Cover-Before-You-Strike School. 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 You're a big baby! 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 You've been living in L.A. too long. I think you should probably go live someplace else. 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 He doesn't have to talk to you! You wanna talk to somebody, go to a psychiatrist! He doesn't have to talk to you! He's giving you a ticket! 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 She doesn't like to work. She likes to make babies. 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 Dialogue: Defendant: (on why he assaulted the plaintiff) I don't want to allow someone to think that they could beat me up. Judy: Just a second - I want to tell you something. Byrd could beat you up. (Audience laughs) And I want to tell you something else, Mr. Randolph. Even I could beat you up. I fight really dirty. (Audience laughs again). Judy: (trying to explain to a defendant why she cannot waive a guarantee) If you - I buy a car - no, make it better, Byrd buys a car, because I want him to pay attention. (audience laughs) Byrd buys a car, a brand new car. That car is guaranteed from stem to stern for three years. He has the car for one week. The car blows up. He takes the car back to the dealership, and the dealership says, "We waive the guarantee for your car, because we knew when it came off the assembly line that the guy who was putting it together was really not wrapped too tight. So we waive the guarantee." What do you think he would do? (to Byrd) What would you do? Byrd: I'd take it to Judge Judy. 
Author: Judge Judy Sheindlin
Nationality: American
b. 21 October 1942
  
 William Tyndale is a man replete with venomous envy, rancour and malice. 
Author: Thomas Cromwell
Nationality: English
b. December 1485  - d.  December 1540
  
 The scandal isn't what's illegal; it's what's legal. 
Author: Michael Kinsley
Nationality: American
b. 09 March 1951
  
 Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Useless laws weaken the necessary laws. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines - these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm. 
Author: Henry Miller
Nationality: American
b. 26 December 1891  - d. 07 June 1980
  
 Growing up where I did, Mums didn't hope as high as their kids growing up to be doctors; they just hoped their kids didn't go to jail. So bring them up believeing in God and they'll be good and law-abiding. It's a perfect system. Well, nearly. 75 percent of Americans are Godfearing Christians, 75 percent of prisoners are Godfearing Christians. Ten percent of Americans are Atheists, 0.2 percent of prisoners are atheists. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 I regularly see constituents, speak to people who feel let down by the justice system quite fundamentally, and these are people who don't make the headlines. These are people who have felt that their sense their grief, their sense of injustice has been compounded by a system that just doesn't work, that just doesn't listen to victims, that effectively disempowers them all too often. 
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 In its proper meaning equality before the law means the right to participate in the making of the laws by which one is governed, a constitution which guarantees democratic rights to all sections of the population, the right to approach the court for protection or relief in the case of the violation of rights guaranteed in the constitution, and the right to take part in the administration of justice as judges, magistrates, attorneys-general, law advisers and similar positions. In the absence of these safeguards the phrase 'equality before the law', in so far as it is intended to apply to us, is meaningless and misleading. All the rights and privileges to which I have referred are monopolised by whites, and we enjoy none of them. The white man makes all the laws, he drags us before his courts and accuses us, and he sits in judgement over us. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 It is fit and proper to raise the question sharply, what is this rigid colour-bar in the administration of justice? Why is it that in this courtroom I face a white magistrate, am confronted by a white prosecutor, and escorted into the dock by a white orderly? Can anyone honestly and seriously suggest that in this type of atmosphere the scales of justice are evenly balanced? Why is it that no African in the history of this country has ever had the honour of being tried by his own kith and kin, by his own flesh and blood? I will tell Your Worship why: the real purpose of this rigid colour-bar is to ensure that the justice dispensed by the courts should conform to the policy of the country, however much that policy might be in conflict with the norms of justice accepted in judiciaries throughout the civilised world. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 The ANC has never at any period of its history advocated a revolutionary change in the economic structure of the country, nor has it, to the best of my recollection, ever condemned capitalist society. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Prison itself is a tremendous education in the need for patience and perseverance. It is above all a test of one's commitment. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.  
Author: Addison Mizner
Nationality: American
b. 12 December 1872  - d. 05 February 1933
  
 I am very happy for Scooter Libby. I know that this is a great relief to him, his wife and children. This will allow a good American, who has done a lot for his country, to resume his life. 
Author: Fred Dalton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1942
  
 When five men were captured in the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee early in the morning on Saturday June 17, 1972 I had just completed a three-year stint as an assistant United States Attorney in Nashville. Ironically I had resigned the day before the break-in. I was about to become an unpaid political worker- the middle Tennessee director for the reelection campaign of Sen. Howard Baker.  
Author: Fred Dalton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1942
  
 I was operating under the theory that, even though Baker had been responsible for my appointment, I was representing all three minority senators - Baker, Edward Gurney of Florida, and Weicker. If differences arose within the minority there was no question about where my loyalty lay and whose directions I would take, but I believed that I should try to respond to the wishes of Weicker and Gurney in every way possible. 
Author: Fred Dalton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1942
  
 I looked down on a quilt of clouds, bordered on the horizon by the blood-orange streaks of the setting sun. As the steady hum of the engine drowned out the chatter around me, I realized that I would probably be thinking about the implications of Watergate for the rest of my life. For the country, and for me it had been a significant point in time. 
Author: Fred Dalton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1942
  
 The president strongly believes that marriage in this country ought to be between a man and a woman. He also believes it is something that ought to be decided by the people. He doesn't believe that judges ought to impose their will on the people. 
Author: Ken Mehlman
Nationality: American
b. 21 August 1966
  
 In Australia there are not limits on what you can believe but there are limits on how you can behave. It's called the law, and no one is above it.  
Author: Nicholas Xenophon
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 January 1959
  
 I think capital punishment works great. Every killer you kill never kills again. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Things aren't right. If a burglar breaks into your home and you shoot him, he can sue you. For what, restraint of trade? 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 This has been a learning experience for me. I also thought that privacy was something we were granted in the Constitution. I have learned from this when in fact the word privacy does not appear in the Constitution. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Whenever the people are for gay marriage or medical marijuana or assisted suicide, suddenly the "will of the people" goes out the window. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 The short article on "Child Murder" in your paper of March 12 that touched a subject which lies deeper down in woman's wrongs than any other. This is the denial of the right to herself ... nowhere has the marital union of the sexes been one in which woman has had control over her own body. Enforced motherhood is a crime against the body of the mother and the soul of the child....But the crime of abortion is not one in which the guilt lies solely or even chiefly with the woman....I hesitate not to assert that most of this crime of "child murder," "abortion," "infanticide," lies at the door of the male sex. Many a woman has laughed a silent, derisive laugh at the decisions of eminent medical and legal authorities, in cases of crimes committed against her as a woman. Never, until she sits as juror on such trials, will or can just decisions be rendered."  
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 That the Indians have been oppressed - are now, is true, but the United States has treaties with them, recognising them as distinct political communities, and duty towards them demands not an enforced citizenship but a faithful living up to its obligations on the part of the government. 
Author: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Nationality: Native American
b. December 1826  - d.  December 1898
  
 A clever Toronto lawyer was deep into a technical argument before the Supreme Court. His position was dependent upon a close reading of the legal text and turned on the letter of the law. Suddenly the chief justice, Beverley McLachlin, leaned forward and asked the counsel if his argument also worked in French. After all, the law is the law in both languages and a loophole in one tends to evaporate in the other. Only an argument of substance stands up. The lawyer had no idea what to reply. 
Author: John Ralston Saul
Nationality: Canadian
b. 19 June 1947
  
 When you put your total faith in God, no matter what happens, to a person who`s a true believer, if you die, you know you`re going to heaven to be with God. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 When I first went to prison, I was even questioning where, God, where are you? 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 They put chains on me; they chained my waist, my legs. Put me in the back of a squad car, and I literally blacked out. I didn`t even - there`s whole pieces missing. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 My original sentence. It`s like a death sentence. In fact, at one point, I would have rather had a death sentence than 45 years sentenced in prison. 
Author: Jim Bakker Bakker Bakker
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1940
  
 Now I don't know why he's denying them habeas corpus. I can only assume the guys they got detained over there did something really unforgivable. Like remind Obama he was once a professor of Constitutional Law. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 I cannot stand people who disagree with me on the issue of Roe v. Wade... which I believe is about the proper way to cross a lake. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 Scott, as you and I both know, a popular move these days is to make a titillating charge and then have the media create the frenzy. Given Kenneth Starr’s track record, should we suspect that he’s trying to do with innuendo that which he has been unable to do with evidence? 
Author: Bryant Charles Gumbel
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1948
  
 If I’m a young black man in South Central L.A., where poverty is rampant and unemployment is skyrocketing, I see that Washington’s promises of a year ago have gone unfulfilled, I see that perhaps for a second time, the court’s inability to mete out justice in a blind fashion, why shouldn’t I vent my anger? 
Author: Bryant Charles Gumbel
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1948
  
 We've got an awful lot to talk about this week, including the sexual harassment suit against the President. Of course, in that one, it’s a little tough to figure out who’s really being harassed. 
Author: Bryant Charles Gumbel
Nationality: American
b. 29 September 1948
  
 As a result, I've been portrayed as a cynical barbarian preying on the very clients I was charged to defend. 
Author: Jack Abramoff
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1958
  
 I am much chastened and profoundly remorseful. I can only hope that the Almighty and those whom I have wronged will forgive me my trespasses. 
Author: Jack Abramoff
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1958
  
 I did this within a philosophical framework, and a moral and legal framework. And I have been turned into a cartoon of the greatest villain in the history of lobbying. 
Author: Jack Abramoff
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1958
  
 In the past few years I have begun the process of becoming a new man. 
Author: Jack Abramoff
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1958
  
 Many of my e-mails have been maliciously taken out of context, another effort by those assaulting my career. 
Author: Jack Abramoff
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1958
  
 They realize that spending millions to save billions is just good business. 
Author: Jack Abramoff
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1958
  
 This is really high on the priority list of tribal concerns. This is a cash cow in many circumstances, and tribes are concerned about protection of tribal assets. 
Author: Jack Abramoff
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1958
  
 Words will not be able to ever express how sorry I am for this, and I have profound regret and sorrow for the multitude of mistakes and harm I have caused. 
Author: Jack Abramoff
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1958
  
 You can't beat somebody with nobody. 
Author: Jack Abramoff
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1958
  
 It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is...If two laws conflict with each other, the courts must decide on the operation of each...This is of the very essence of judicial duty. 
Author: John Marshall
Nationality: American
b. December 1755  - d.  December 1835
  
 We must never forget that it is a constitution we are expounding. 
Author: John Marshall
Nationality: American
b. December 1755  - d.  December 1835
  
 This provision is made in a constitution, intended to endure for ages to come, and consequently, to be adapted to the various crises of human affairs. 
Author: John Marshall
Nationality: American
b. December 1755  - d.  December 1835
  
 Let the end be legitimate, let it be within the scope of the constitution, and all means which are appropriate, which are plainly adapted to that end, which are not prohibited, but consist with the letter and spirit of the constitution, are constitutional. 
Author: John Marshall
Nationality: American
b. December 1755  - d.  December 1835
  
 But in view of the constitution, in the eye of the law, there is in this country no superior, dominant, ruling class of citizens. There is no caste here. 
Author: John Marshall Harlan
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1833  - d. 14 October 1911
  
 Our constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens. 
Author: John Marshall Harlan
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1833  - d. 14 October 1911
  
 The humblest is the peer of the most powerful. 
Author: John Marshall Harlan
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1833  - d. 14 October 1911
  
 The law regards man as man, and takes no account of his surroundings or of his color when his civil rights as guaranteed by the supreme law of the land are involved. 
Author: John Marshall Harlan
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1833  - d. 14 October 1911
  
 There is a sense of defeatism when it comes to the federal courts because the Left-liberal media insist on judicial supremacy and assert that the only way to check and balance the courts is to pass a constitutional amendment. This is of course absurd and historically wrong. The amendment process was not intended to be the way to check and balance Supreme Court decisions. There are some steps we can take through the legislative and executive branches to reestablish a constitutional balance. The American people can insist on electing Senators who promise to confirm judges who enforce the Constitution as written. The legislative & executive branches can limit jurisdiction of the federal courts to hear certain types of cases where they believe the federal judiciary is wrong. Americans can only insist that judges who consistently ignore the Constitution and the legitimate powers of the other two coequal branches of the federal government be considered unfit the serve and be impeached. 
Author: Newt Gingrich
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1943
  
 A media-academic-legal elite is energetically determined to impose a radically secularist vision against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Americans. This outlook rejects the wisdom of the founding generation as outdated and treats the notion that our liberties come from God as a curious artifact from the 1770s but of little practical importance for more enlightened times. This elite is especially hard at work in the courts and in the classrooms where it is attempting to overturn two centuries of American self-understanding of religious freedom and political liberty. In the courts, we see a systematic effort by this elite to purge all religious expression from American public life. The ongoing attempt to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance is only the most well-known of these mounting efforts. 
Author: Newt Gingrich
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1943
  
 Anyone who thinks the various decisions of the Supreme Court are not adequately worrisome need only look at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to see how far the Left-liberals will go and how domination by secular Left-liberal judges will change America. For example, consider the following Ninth Court decisions: Andrade v. Attorney General of California, (2001): The Ninth Circuit said the California three-strikes law was unconstitional; the Supreme Court reversed it. Summerlin v. Stewart, (2003): The Ninth Circuit ruled that death sentences must be enacted by a jury, and not a judge, and that the ruling applied retroactively, voiding the death sentences of over 100 inmates. The Supreme Court reversed the retroactive ruling. When a court is reversed this often, it clearly fails to meet the “good behavior” test of the Constitution. The good behavior test should be enforced. It wold certainly focus the Ninth Circuit’s attention on survival rather than radicalism. 
Author: Newt Gingrich
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1943
  
 The law of simplicity and naïveté applies to all fine art, for it is compatible with what is most sublime. True brevity of expression consists in a man only saying what is worth saying, while avoiding all diffuse explanations of things which every one can think out for himself; that is, it consists in his correctly distinguishing between what is necessary and what is superfluous. On the other hand, one should never sacrifice clearness, to say nothing of grammar, for the sake of being brief. To impoverish the expression of a thought, or to obscure or spoil the meaning of a period for the sake of using fewer words shows a lamentable want of judgment. 
Author: Arthur Schopenhauer
Nationality: German
b. 22 February 1788  - d. 21 September 1860
  
 In this state, dig it, you get twenty years for sale of dope to a minor. You only get five to ten for manslaughter. So like, the thing is, if you're selling to a kid and cops come, shoot the kid real quick! 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 To steal from a brother or sister is evil. To not steal from the institutions that are the pillars of the Pig Empire is equally immoral. 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 Large firms never do work for conservatives on homosexual or abortion issues. 
Author: Andrew Layton Schlafly
Nationality: American
b. 27 April 1961
  
 It's what did the words mean to the people who ratified the Bill of Rights or who ratified the Constitution. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 The risk of assessing evolving standards is that it is all too easy to believe that evolution has culminated in one's own views. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 The States may, if they wish, permit abortion on demand, but the Constitution does not require them to do so. The permissibility of abortion, and the limitations upon it, are to be resolved like most important questions in our democracy: by citizens trying to persuade one another and then voting. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 Justice O'Connor's assertion, that a 'fundamental rule of judicial restraint' requires us to avoid reconsidering Roe, cannot be taken seriously. We can now look forward to at least another Term of carts full of mail from the public, and the streets full of demonstrators. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 I am optimistic enough to believe that, one day, Stenberg v. Carhart will be assigned its rightful place in the history of this Court's jurisprudence beside Korematsu and Dred Scott. The method of killing a human child proscribed by this statute is so horrible that the most clinical description of it evokes a shudder of revulsion. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 To pursue the concept of racial entitlement – even for the most admirable and benign of purposes – is to reinforce and preserve for future mischief the way of thinking that produced race slavery, race privilege and race hatred. In the eyes of government, we are just one race here. It is American. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 This is not, of course, an "educational benefit" on which students will be graded on their Law School transcript - Works and Plays Well with Others: B+, or tested by the bar examiners - Q: Describe in 500 words or less your cross-racial understanding. For it is a lesson of life rather than law - essentially the same lesson taught to, or rather learned by, for it cannot be "taught" in the usual sense), people three feet shorter and twenty years younger than the full-grown adults at the University of Michigan Law School, in institutions ranging from Boy Scout troops to public-school kindergartens. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 A journalistic purpose could be someone with a Xerox machine in a basement. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 A law can be both economic folly and constitutional.  
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 A search is a search, even if it happens to disclose nothing but the bottom of a turntable. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 If we're picking people to draw out of their own conscience and experience a 'new' Constitution, we should not look principally for good lawyers. We should look to people who agree with us. When we are in that mode, you realize we have rendered the Constitution useless. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 If you think aficionados of a living Constitution want to bring you flexibility, think again. You think the death penalty is a good idea? Persuade your fellow citizens to adopt it. You want a right to abortion? Persuade your fellow citizens and enact it. That's flexibility. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 In a big family the first child is kind of like the first pancake. If it's not perfect, that's okay, there are a lot more coming along. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 The Court today completes the process of converting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 from a guarantee that race or sex will not be the basis for often will. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 Why can't the state accede to the public's wishes?  
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 Why in the world would you have it interpreted by nine lawyers?  
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 You could have 50 different states having 50 different regulations... until they were all litigated out. 
Author: Antonin Gregory Scalia
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1936
  
 Crime is at least 10 times as prevalent on TV as in the real world. 
Author: George Gerbner
Nationality: American
b. 08 August 1919  - d. 24 December 2005
  
 I’d always been against the death penalty but that contemplating the enormity of certain sort of crimes I sometimes thought that some crimes were so hideous that if the punishment were to fit maybe we were left with no alternative but the death penalty. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 It just seems to be a human trait to want to protect the speech of people with whom we agree. For the First Amendment, that is not good enough. So it is really important that we protect First Amendment rights of people no matter what side of the line they are on. 
Author: Floyd Abrams
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1936
  
 At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black. 
Author: George Clooney
Nationality: American   




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