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Quotes About Law

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Voltaire
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”
Voltaire

Robert A. Heinlein
“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
Robert A. Heinlein

Cassandra Clare
“It isn't against the Law to be an idiot.”
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

Cicero
“For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.”
Cicero, On the laws

Hunter S. Thompson
“We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.”
Hunter S. Thompson

Charlotte Brontë
“Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour ... If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

J.K. Rowling
“Are you planning to follow a career in Magical Law, Miss Granger?” asked Scrimgeour.
“No, I’m not,” retorted Hermione. “I’m hoping to do some good in the world!”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Henry David Thoreau
“Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.”
Henry David Thoreau

Abigail Adams
“...remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands 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 foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.”
Abigail Adams

Robert A. Heinlein
“Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.”
Robert A. Heinlein

Howard Zinn
“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.”
Howard Zinn

Cassandra Clare
“The Law is hard, but it is the Law.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

Joe Abercrombie
“Rules are for children. This is war, and in war the only crime is to lose.”
Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings

Ellen DeGeneres
“Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system.”
Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously... I'm Kidding

Plato
“Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the laws of the State always change with them.”
Plato, Plato's Republic: The Theatre of the Mind

Christopher Moore
“Only cops and vampires have to have an invitation to enter.”
Christopher Moore

Ayn Rand
“There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”
Ayn Rand

Winston Churchill
“If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.”
Winston Churchill
tags: law

Martin Luther King Jr.
“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Libba Bray
“War." Gorgon spits the word. "That is what they call it to give the illusion of honor and law. It is chaos. Madness and blood and the hunger to win. It has always been thus and shall always be so.”
Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

Banksy
“My main problem with cops is that they do what they're told. They say 'Sorry mate, I'm just doing my job' all the fucking time.”
Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall
tags: cops, law

George Carlin
“And although I broke a lot of laws as a teenager, I straightened out immediately upon turning eighteen, when I realized the state had a legal right to execute me.”
George Carlin, Brain Droppings
tags: law, teens

Ilona Andrews
“The judge's massive eyebrows crept up. "Kaldar. Are you the one speaking for the plaintiff today?"
"Yes, Your Honor."
"Well, shit," Dobe said. "I guess you're familiar with the law. You hit it over the head, set its house on fire, and got its sister pregnant.”
Ilona Andrews, Bayou Moon

Jonathan Swift
“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.”
Jonathan Swift

Charlotte Brontë
“I will keep the law given by God; sanctioned by man. Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be. If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Jimmy Carter
“Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use... Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce [28g] of marijuana.”
Jimmy Carter

Tullian Tchividjian
“Legalism says God will love us if we change. The gospel says God will change us because He loves us.”
Tullian Tchividjian

Cicero
“Law applied to its extreme is the greatest injustice”
Cicero, On Duties
tags: law

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