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
Bankruptcy laws allow companies to smoothly reorganize, but not college graduates burdened by student loans.Robert Reich
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.
Necessity creates the law, it supersedes rules; and whatever is reasonable and just in such cases is likewise legal.stowell, william scott, 1st baron
In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics.
Where law ends, there tyranny begins.
There is no positive law: Many things are bad by that, which otherwise were not.
The laws alone are they that always speak with all persons, high or low, in one and the same impartial voice. The law knows no favourites.
The law of England will not sanction what is inconsistent with humanity.
There is no worse torture than the torture of laws.
Whatever place becomes the habitation of civilized men, there the laws of decency must be inforced.
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.
Writing laws based on an abstract theory, rather than reality, is a dangerous undertaking.Elizabeth warren