Found 29 thoughts of laws

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 But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed.

Abraham Lincoln

The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.

William Shakespeare

The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong.


Law is mind without reason.


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

H. L. Mencken

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

Benjamin Disraeli

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

Good laws have their origins in bad morals.

Ambrosius Macrobius

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

William Shakespeare

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


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.


Law is order, and good law is good order.


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


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

Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made.

Otto von Bismarck

Law is the embodiment of the moral sentiment of the people.

William Blackstone

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

Cornelius Tacitus

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

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

Roscoe Pound

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

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

Glaser and Way

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

Albert Einstein

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

Jeff Melvoin

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

Archbishop Ireland

What power has law where only money rules.

Gaius Petronius
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