Law Quotes

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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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

Honoré de Balzac
“Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.”
Honore de Balzac

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

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

Jeff Cooper
“The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.”
Jeff Cooper, Art of the Rifle

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

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

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
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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.

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

William Gaddis
“Justice? -You get justice in the next world, in this world 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

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

Milton Friedman
“Now here's somebody who wants to smoke a marijuana cigarette. If he's caught, he goes to jail. Now is that moral? Is that proper? I think it's absolutely disgraceful that our government, supposed to be our government, should be in the position of converting people who are not harming others into criminals, of destroying their lives, putting them in jail. That's the issue to me. The economic issue comes in only for explaining why it has those effects. But the economic reasons are not the reasons”
Milton Friedman

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