Law Quotes

Quotes tagged as "law" (showing 1-30 of 1,208)
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

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero
“In times of war, the law falls silent.

Silent enim leges inter arma
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Henry David Thoreau
“Any fool can make a rule
And any fool will mind it.”
Henry David Thoreau, Journal #14

Marcus Tullius 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.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero, On the laws

Cassandra Clare
“Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law.”
Cassandra Clare, Lady Midnight

Aristotle
“I have gained this by philosophy … I do without being ordered what some are constrained to do by their fear of the law.”
Aristotle

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

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

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

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

Carl Sagan
“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”
Carl Sagan

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

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

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

Naomi Wolf
“Beauty provokes harassment, the law says, but it looks through men's eyes when deciding what provokes it.”
Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

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

John  Adams
“It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished.

But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, 'whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,' and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.”
John Adams, The Portable John Adams

Jules Verne
“We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.”
Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
tags: law

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

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.

Anne Bishop
“When honor and the Law no longer stand on the same side of the line, how do we choose[?]”
Anne Bishop, Heir to the Shadows

William Gaddis
“Justice? -- You get justice in the next world. In this one you have the law.”
William Gaddis, A Frolic of His Own

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

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

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

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