Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
My First Impression of the USA (1921).
Every law is an evil, for every law is an infraction of liberty.jeremy bentham
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.Martin Luther King Jr.
The law isn't perfect. Neither are the people who've created it. But it's been made with the endless effort to do good.Takeshi Kaga as Soichiro Yagami, "Death Note: The Last Name" (2006). (author?)
If one were to pass a law limiting holistic physicians to a single holistic method, I would stick with my dentist.Thomas Rau, Biological Medicin (German: Biologische Medizin, Fona-Verlag (2007) - ISBN 978-3-03780-803-0) - p. 144
A nation that will not enforce its laws has no claim to the respect and allegiance of its people.Ambrose Bierce. 'Industrial Discontent', The Shadow on the Dial and other Essays (1909)
Our ideals, laws and customs should be based on the proposition that each generation, in turn, becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on to the future.charles lindbergh
I agree that is the law, though I think it is a hard law; but we have nothing to do with the question of hardship.Lord Esher, M.R., In re Perkins (1890), L. R. 24 Q. B. D. 618
A Court has no right to strain the law because it causes hardship.John Duke Coleridge, C.J., Body v. Halse (1891) L. R. 1 Q. B. , p. 207
Your lordships must look hardships in the face rather than break down the rules of law.Lord Eldon, C, Berkeley Peerage Case (1811), 4 Camp. 419
It is of very little consequence to the public to lay down definite rules of law, if you have indefinite rules of evidence.Thurlow, L.C., Fox. v. Mackreth (1788), 2 Cox, 320
Judges could by their resolution alter the practice, but never the law.Blackburn, J., Reg. v. Charlesworth (1861), 9 Cox, C. C. 67
It has been said that ignorance of law is no excuse, but when the Court has a discretion the petitioner's ignorance of the law may be properly excused.Barnes, J., Whitworth v. Whitworth and Thomasson (1893), 62 L. J. Rep. P.C.C. (1893), p. 73
We may appeal to the experience of every sensible lawyer, whether anything can be more hazardous or discouraging than the usual entrance on the study of the law.Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries, Book I., Section 1, p. 16
It is my province to lay down the law. Every lawyer knows that the law is the result of a great deal of learning.Erie, J., Queen v. Dowling (1848), 7 St. Tr. (N. S.) 438
Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar's.Jesus in Matthew, XXII. 21
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.Anacharsis to Solon when writing his laws
When I hear any man talk of an unalterable law, the only effect it produces upon me is to convince me that he is an unalterable fool .Sydney Smith, in Peter Plymley's Letters (1808), Letter IV
We are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.Paul of Tarsus, Letter to the Romans 3:28
The more corrupt a society, the more numerous its laws.Edward Abbey, in A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto) (1990)
Necessity knows no laws.Spanish proverb, as quoted in The International Thesaurus of Quotations (1970) edited by Rhoda Thomas Tripp, p. 429
Whatever is by the common law, can only be affected by statute.edward coke
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