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)
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.
Every law is an evil, for every law is an infraction of liberty.jeremy bentham
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.
It is not the enactment, but the observance of laws, that creates the character of a nation.
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?
Where law ends, there tyranny begins.
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
Let us be clear. Prison works. It ensures that we are protected from murderers, muggers and rapists - and it makes many who are tempted to commit crime think twice.michael howard
Conscience is the most sacred of all property; other property depending in part on positive law, the exercise of that being a natural and unalienable right. To guard a man's house as his castle, to pay public and enforce private debts with the most exact faith, can give no title to invade a man's conscience, which is more sacred than his castle, or to withhold from it that debt of protection for which the public faith is pledged by the very nature and original conditions of the social pact.james madison
Laws, in their most general signification, are the necessary relations derived from the nature of things.
They have been grand-jurymen since before Noah was a sailor.william shakespeare
When the judges shall be obliged to go armed, it will be time for the courts to be closed.
And folks are beginning to think it looks odd, To choke a poor scamp for the glory of God.james russell lowell
Every man must be taken to be cognizant of the law, otherwise there is no saying to what extent the excuse of ignorance may not be Law carried. It would be urged in almost every case.
The sparks of all the sciences in the world are raked up in the ashes of the law.
The law is not apt to catch at actions.
The law has respect to human infirmity.
The law of England is a law of liberty .
Legality and oppression are not unknown to run hand in hand.
The law of necessity dispenses with things which otherwise are not lawful to be done.