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Laws quotes and quotations

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

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

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

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

It takes a long time to learn that a courtroom is the last place in the world for learning the truth.
Alice Koller

Laws are only felt when the individual comes in conflict with them.
Suzanne La Follette

Petty laws breed great crimes.

Law school taught me one thing: how to take two situations that are exactly the same and show how they are different.
Hart Pomerantz

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

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

What power has law where only money rules.
Gaius Petronius

Law is mind without reason.

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

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

Law is order, and good law is good order.

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

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

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

All this is but a web of the wit; it can work nothing.
Francis Bacon

Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

Law stands mute in the midst of arms.

If you laid all our laws end to end, there would be no end.
Arthur 'bugs' Baer

Our system is not one of justice, but of law.
Edna Buchanan

Men would be great criminals did they need as many laws as they break.
Charles John Darling

The law is above the law, you know.
Dorothy Salisbury Davis

The people's good is the highest law.

I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.
William H Mauldin

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

If it weren't for my lawyer, I'd still be in prison. It went a lot faster with two people digging.
Mister Boffo

A group of white South Africans recently killed a black lawyer because he was black. That was wrong. They should have killed him because he was a lawyer.
A Whitney Brown

The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong.

Unless by the lawful judgment of their peers.
Author Unknown

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Where there are laws, he who has not broken them need not tremble.
Vittorio Alfieri

Law is king of all.
Henry Alford

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.

Law is a bottomless pit.
John Arbuthnot

The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.

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

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

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

But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers.

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

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

One of the Seven was wont to say: "That laws were like cobwebs; where the small flies were caught, and the great brake through."
Francis Bacon

They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

There was an ancient Roman lawyer, of great fame in the history of Roman jurisprudence, whom they called Cui Bono, from his having first introduced into judicial proceedings the argument, "What end or object could the party have had in the act with which he is accused."
Edmund Burke

The law is a strange thing. It makes a man swear to tell the truth, and every time he shows signs of doing so, some lawyer objects.

He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it.

I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against an whole people.
Edmund Burke

A good parson once said that where mystery begins religion ends. Cannot I say, as truly at least, of human laws, that where mystery begins, justice ends?
Edmund Burke

The law of England is the greatest grievance of the nation, very expensive and dilatory.
Bishop Gilbert Burnet

Our wrangling lawyers . . . are so litigious and busy here on earth, that I think they will plead their clients' causes hereafter, some of them in hell.
Robert Burton

Your pettifoggers damn their souls, To share with knaves in cheating fools.
Samuel Butler (1)

The law of heaven and earth is life for life.
Lord Byron

Is not the winding up witnesses, And nicking, more than half the bus'ness? For witnesses, like watches, go Just as they're set, too fast or slow; And where in Conscience they're strait-lac'd, 'Tis ten to one that side is cast.
Samuel Butler (1)

Arms and laws do not flourish together.
Julius Caesar

No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
Carrie Chapman Catt

Who to himself is law, no law doth need, Offends no law, and is a king indeed.
George Chapman

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

For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency.
Eric Ambler

I have forgotten more law than you ever knew, but allow me to say, I have not forgotten much.

The most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against whacking them around a little.

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all that agnosticism means.
Clarence Darrow

This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.
Oliver Wendell
America is a country where, thanks to Congress, there are 40 million laws to enforce 10 commandments.
A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
Robert Frost

Anarchy - it's not the law, it's just a good idea.

Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.
Putt's Law

The reason there is so little crime in Germany is that it's against the law.
Alex Levin