If the roads, the railways, the banks, the insurance offices, the great joint-stockcompanies, the universities, and the public charities, were all of them branches of government; if, in addition, the municipal corporations and local boards, with all that now devolves on them, became departments of the central administration; if the employees of all these different enterprises were appointed and paid by the government, and looked to the government for every rise in life; not all the freedom of the press and popular constitution of the legislature would make this or any other country free otherwise than in name.john stuart mill
Like all other contracts, wages should be left to the fair and free competition of themarket, and should never be controlled by the interference of the legislature.David Ricardo
During my tenure of power, myearnest wish has beento impress the people of this country with a belief that the legislature was animated bya sincere desire to frame its legislation upon the principles of equity and justice? Deprive me of power tomorrow, but you can never deprive me of the consciousness that I have exercised the powers committed to me from no corrupt or interested motives, from no desire to gratifyambition, or to attain any personal object.Sir Robert Peel
The primary function of a constitution was to mark out the boundaries of governmental powers-hence in England, where there was no constitution , there were no limits (save for the effect of trail by jury) to what the legislature might do.bernard bailyn
We have erased segregation in those areas of national life to which Federal authority clearly extends. So doing in this, my friends, we have neither sought nor claimed partisan credit, and all such actions are nothing more -- nothing less than the rendering of justice. And we have always been aware of this great truth: the final battle against intolerance is to be fought -- not in the chambers of any legislature -- but in the hearts of men.dwight d. eisenhower
Drawing a comparison to football, it could be said that the Spanish economy has, during this legislature, into the Champions League of the world economy, however bad that may seem to some."josé luis rodríguez zapatero
Whenever the legislature attempts to regulate the differences between masters and their workmen, its counsellors are always the masters. When the regulation, therefore, is in favor of the workmen, it is always just and equitable; but it is sometimes otherwise when in favor of the masters.Adam Smith
No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.Final accounting in the Estate of A.B. (1866) 
Public opinion is stronger than the legislature, and nearly as strong as the Ten Commandments.charles dudley warner
In their desire to check dishonest and reckless trading Courts must be careful not to put tighter fetters on companies than the legislature has authorised.Lindley, J., Verner v. General and Commercial Investment Trust (1894), L. R. 2 Ch. 267.
The Constitution . . . meant that its coordinate branches should be checks on each other. But the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.thomas jefferson
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between church and State.thomas jefferson
The Pennsylvania legislature, who, on a proposition to make the belief in God a necessary qualification for office, rejected it by a great majority, although assuredly there was not a single atheist in their body. And you remember to have heard, that when the act for religious freedom was before the Virginia Assembly, a motion to insert the name of Jesus Christ before the phrase, "the author of our holy religion," which stood in the bill, was rejected, although that was the creed of a great majority of them.jesus christ
The legislature have anxiously provided for those most useful and deserving body of men, the seamen and marines of this country.kenyon, lloyd, 1st baron kenyon
Certainly all those who have framed written constitutions contemplate them as forming the fundamental and paramount law of the nation, and consequently the theory of every such government must be, that an act of the legislature, repugnant to the constitution, is void.john marshall
No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.Gideon J. Tucker in Final Accounting in the Estate of A. B. (1866).
Jackie Biskupski is running for a seat in the Utah legislature, and she's attracting a lot of attention because she's a lesbian. Her Republican opponent, Dan Alderson, is a staunch Mormon, and is running a negative ad campaign calling her lifestyle abnormal and deviant. His six wives agree.Rick Mercer, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, October 12, 1998
The legislature have anxiously provided for those most useful and deserving body of men, the seamen and marines of this country.Lord Kenyon, C.J., Turtle v. Hartwell (1795), 6 T. R. 429.
The statute law is the will of the legislature in writing; the common law is nothing else but statutes worn out by time; all our law began by consent of the legislature, and whether it is now law by usage or writing, it is the same thing.Wilmot, L.C.J., Collins v. Blantern (1767), 2 Wils. 341.
However we might wish to provide for every hardship that may occur, we are bound to put that construction on the Act that the legislature intended.Orose, J., Farmer v. Legg (1797), 7 T. B. 193.
To abolish a well-established rule of law because it is a bad rule, is the business of the legislature.Stephen, J., Reg. v. Coney and others (1882), 15 Cox, C. C. 59.
It is for the legislature to alter the law if Parliament in its wisdom thinks an alteration desirable.Lord Macnaghten, Hamilton v. Baker, "The Sara" (1889), L. R. 14 Ap. Ca. 227.
If the legislature have not gone far enough, it is for them, not for us, to remedy the defect.Chambre, J., Grigby v. Oakes (1801), 1 Bos. & Pull. 529.
I disclaim the power of legislation which is asserted to exist in this Court, and I say that, if such a right is to be created, it must be created by the legislature properly so called.Jessel, M.R., Day v. Brownrigg (1878), L. R. 10 C. D. 302.
Public opinion is stronger than the legislature, and nearly as strong as the ten commandments.Charles Dudley Warner, in How to Interpret History, p.161
When counsel addresses an argument on the ground of natural justice to a Court of law, he addresses it to the wrong tribunal. It may be a good argument for inducing the legislature to alter the law; but in a Court of law all that we can deal with is the law of the land as we find it.North, J., In re Gregson (1887), L. J. 57 C. D. 223.
Our business is to determine of meum and tuum , where the heats do not run so high, as in things belonging to the legislature.Powys, J., Ashby v. White (1703), 2 Raym. 946.
It appears to me to be the duty of every Court, whether a Court of equity or a Court of law, to give effect to the plain meaning of the legislature, whatever may be the views entertained of its policy or applicability in particular cases.Sir W. M. James, V.-C, Daun v. City of London Brewery Co. (1869), L. R. 8 Eq. Ca. 161.
No one can have greater respect for the independence of the legislative power than I:;: but legislation does not mean finance, criticism of the administration, or ninety-nine out of the hundred things with which in England the Parliament occupies itself. The legislature should legislate, i.c., construct grand laws on scientific principles of jurisprudence, but it must respect the independence of the Executive as it desires its own independence to be respected. It must not criticise the Government, and, as its legislative labours are essentially of a scientific kind, there can be no reason why its debates should be reported."Napoleon Bonaparte, to Sieves, quoted by Sir J. Seeley in "Introduction to Political Science," 216.
The Pennsylvania legislature, who, on a proposition to make the belief in God a necessary qualification for office, rejected it by a great majority, although assuredly there was not a single atheist in their body. And you remember to have heard, that when the act for religious freedom was before the Virginia Assembly, a motion to insert the name of Jesus Christ before the phrase, "the author of our holy religion," which stood in the bill, was rejected, although that was the creed of a great majority of them.Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Albert Gallatin (June 16, 1817). Published in The Works of Thomas Jefferson in Twelve Volumes, Federal Edition, Paul Leicester Ford, ed., New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1904, Vol. 12, p. 73.