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.
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
A nation that will not enforce its laws has no claim to the respect and allegiance of its people.
If one were to pass a law limiting holistic physicians to a single holistic method, I would stick with my dentist.
Because of plea-bargaining, I guess we can say, "Gee, the trains run on time." But do we like where they are going?
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.jonathan swift
An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.
Third, and finally, the educated citizen has an obligation to uphold the law. This is the obligation of every citizen in a free and peaceful society--but the educated citizen has a special responsibility by the virtue of his greater understanding. For whether he has ever studied history or current events, ethics or civics, the rules of a profession or the tools of a trade, he knows that only a respect for the law makes it possible for free men to dwell together in peace and progress.
Certain other societies may respect the rule of force--we respect the rule of law.
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.william shakespeare
The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free.
The law of England is the greatest grievance of the nation, very expensive and dilatory.
Let us consider the reasons of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason.
There is a higher law than the Constitution.
Every object and purpose of justice is effectually answered, and every supposed inconvenience is effectually rebutted by the law as it stands.
The law protects nothing in that very respect, in which it is, at the same time, in the eye of the law, a crime.
The law rarely hesitates in declaring its own meaning; but the Judges are frequently puzzled to find out the meaning of others.
What I desire to point out is that I wish the law was not so, but that being the law, I must follow it.
If it is law, it will be found in our books. If it is not to be found there, it is not law.
The laws of England will protect the rights of British subjects, and give a remedy for a grievance committed by one British subject upon another, in whatever country that may be done.