Legality Quotes

Quotes tagged as "legality" (showing 1-18 of 18)
Hermann Hesse
“It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard.”
Hermann Hesse

John Irving
“You can't learn everything you need to know legally.”
John Irving, A Widow for One Year

Roxane Gay
“It surprises me, though it shouldn't, how short the memories of these politicians are. They forget the brutal lengths women have gone to in order to terminate pregnancies when abortion was illegal or when abortion is unaffordable. Women have thrown themselves down stairs and otherwise tried to physically harm themselves to force a miscarriage. Dr. Waldo Fielding noted in the New York Times, "Almost any implement you can imagine had been and was used to start an abortion—darning needles, crochet hooks, cut-glass salt shakers, soda bottles, sometimes intact, sometimes with the top broken off." Women have tried to use soap and bleach, catheters, natural remedies. Women have historically resorted to any means necessary. Women will do this again if we are backed into that terrible corner. This is the responsibility our society has forced on women for hundreds of years.”
Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist

John Marshall
“The law does not expect a man to be prepared to defend every act of his life which may be suddenly and without notice alleged against him.”
John Marshall

Ashly Lorenzana
“Morality and legality have nothing to do with one another. I'm more than fine with breaking a law if it disagrees with my values and morals.”
Ashly Lorenzana

Baruch Spinoza
“All laws which can be violated without doing any one any injury are laughed at. Nay, so far are they from doing anything to control the desires and passions of men that, on the contrary, they direct and incite men's thoughts the more toward those very objects, for we always strive toward what is forbidden and desire the things we are not allowed to have. And men of leisure are never deficient in the ingenuity needed to enable them to outwit laws framed to regulate things which cannot be entirely forbidden... He who tries to determine everything by law will foment crime rather than lessen it.”
Baruch Spinoza

“Liberty is not something a government gives you. It is a right that no government can legally take away.”
A.E. Samaan

“Rules, whether they govern sexual morality or financial probity, regardless of whether they are justifiable or undesirable, always provoke bold recalcitrants to devise clever, defiant ways to breach them.”
Richard Davenport-Hines, An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo

“The Supreme Court of the United States is no longer a court of law. It is a forum of legal fad and fashion.”
A.E. Samaan

Jeff Sharlet
“What did “good government” really mean? Langlie and his brotherhood promised an end to political corruption. (There’s no evidence that Langlie ever even took a drink, much less a bribe.) The days of “honest graft” were over, at least for a while. But seen from another perspective—that of ordinary citizens without access to Langlie and Abram’s elite network—Langlie didn’t so much end corruption as legalize it. Langlie wasn’t opposed to a government organized around the interests of the greedy; he just didn’t want to have to break the law to serve them.”
Jeff Sharlet, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

Bram Stoker
“I have read of a gentleman who owned a so fine house in London, and when he went for months of summer to Switzerland and lock up his house, some burglar came and broke window at back and got in. Then he went and made open the shutters in front and walk out and in through the door, before the very eyes of the police. Then he have an auction in that house, and advertise it, and put up big notice; and when the day come he sell off by a great auctioneer all the goods of that other man who own them. Then he go to a builder, and he sell him that house, making an agreement that he pull it down and take all away within a certain time. And your police and other authority help him all they can. And when that owner come back from his holiday in Switzerland he find only an empty hole where his house had been. This was all done en règle; and in our work we shall be en règle too. We shall not go so early that the policemen who have then little to think of, shall deem it strange; but we shall go after ten o’clock, when there are many about, and such things would be done were we indeed owners of the house.”
Bram Stoker, Dracula

“Our fights must be rooted in experiences, in stories, and in anecdotes. People remember these more than sterile numbers or facts. Myths are powerful magic and can turn enemies into friends. In a world where too many still tell stories that some are illegal and that to be free we must control the movement of others, the work of making new myths is essential.”
Syed Khalid Hussan, Undoing Border Imperialism

“So many times the debate of abortion turns to legality. The issue is not legality, the issue is morality. Have you not forgotten? It was legal for Adolf Hitler to place all of those men, women, and children in concentration camps and murder them. Abortion should never be an issue of legality, it is most definitely an issue of morality.”
Derrick Sanderson

Allan Dare Pearce
“I don't care about legal. Is it wise?”
Allan Dare Pearce, Paris in April

“Quid leges sine moribus vanae proficiunt?”
Horace, Odes III: Dulce Periculum

Bryant McGill
“It is more informative how we treat things with no defined legal rights, than how we treat things with legal rights.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Rodney Ulyate
“Guantánamo Bay's motto: 'Safe, humane, legal, transparent detention.' Four adjectives describing one sick joke.”
Rodney Ulyate

Alexis de Tocqueville
“I passionately love liberty, legality, respect for rights, but not democracy. That is what I find in the depth of my soul.”
Alexis de Tocqueville