Quotations: Law

Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.
Henry Brooks Adams

The laws of a state change with the changing times.

Where there are laws, he who has not broken them need not tremble.
Vittorio Alfieri

Law is king of all.
Henry Alford

Laws are the silent assessors of God.
William R. Alger

For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency.
Eric Ambler

Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will like them only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.

Anarchy - it's not the law, it's just a good idea.

Unless by the lawful judgment of their peers.

Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.
Saint Thomas Aquinas

Law is a bottomless pit.
John Arbuthnot

Ancient laws remain in force long after the people have the power to change them.

At his best man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

The law is reason free from passion.

Whereas the law is passionless, passion must ever sway the heart of man.

Decided cases are the anchors of the law, as laws are of the state.
Francis Bacon

One of the Seven was wont to say: That laws were like cobwebs; where the small flies were caught, and the great brake through.
Francis Bacon

A lawyer starts life giving $500 worth of law for $5 and ends giving $5 worth for $500.
Benjamin H. Brewster

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
Anatole France

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
Robert Frost

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

Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.
Charles Lamb

The reason there is so little crime in Germany is that it's against the law.
Alex Levin

If it weren't for my lawyer, I'd still be in prison. It went a lot faster with two people digging.
Joe Martin

The most overlooked advantage to owning a computer is that if they foul up there's no law against wacking them around a little.
Joe Martin

I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.
William H. Mauldin

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

Laws are often made by fools, and even more often by men who fail in equity because they hate equality: but always by men, vain authorities who can resolve nothing.
Michel de Montaigne

Laws gain their authority from actual possession and custom: it is perilous to go back to their origins; laws, like our rivers, get greater and nobler as they roll along: follow them back upstream to their sources and all you find is a tiny spring, hardly recognizable; as time goes by it swells with pride and grows in strength.
Michel de Montaigne

No one has felt the full glory of a barrister's life who has not, in wig and gown, been called to the podium in the committee room of the House of Lords by an official in full evening dress and, on a wet Monday morning, lectured five elderly Law Lords on the virtues of masturbation.
Sir John Mortimer

My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.
Ronald Reagan

The minute you read something that you can't understand, you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer.
Will Rogers

We are always saying: 'Let the Law take its Course' but what we really mean is: 'Let the Law take OUR Course.'
Will Rogers

The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar or Augustus, but because it had already long ceased to be in any real sense a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who with his fellows formed in war the terrible Roman legion, had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and who directly or indirectly sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. The laws were the same as they had been, but the people behind the laws had changed, and so the laws counted for nothing.
Theodore Roosevelt

A man who never graduated from school might steal from a freight car. But a man who attends college and graduates as a lawyer might steal the whole railroad.
Theodore Roosevelt

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
Frank Zappa

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