Law Quotes


It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

Double standards    Ethics    Governments    Humor    Irony    Killing    Law    Mankind    Morality    Murder    Nationalism    Nations    War

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.

Freedom    Law    Morality    Rules

It isn't against the Law to be an idiot.

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.

Expectation    Law    Order    Respect

Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour ... If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre
Body    Doctrine    Ethics    Law    Morality    Principles    Religion    Soul    Steadfastness    Temptation

Are you planning to follow a career in Magical Law, Miss Granger? asked Scrimgeour.
No, I’m not, retorted Hermione. I’m hoping to do some good in the world!

In times of war, the law falls silent.
Silent enim leges inter arma

Freedom    Human rights    Law    War

Any fool can make a rule
And any fool will mind it.

Authority    Conformity    Fool    Foolishness    Humor    Law    Rule    Rules

For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.

On the Laws

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Commandments    Essential    Justice    Law    Reason    Society

Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.

Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.

Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system.

Funny    Law

Rules are for children. This is war, and in war the only crime is to lose.

Law    Rules    War

The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.

The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.

There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

Beauty provokes harassment, the law says, but it looks through men's eyes when deciding what provokes it.

The Beauty Myth

Naomi Wolf

The Beauty Myth

...remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.

The Law is hard, but it is the Law.

City of Glass

Cassandra Clare

City of Glass

Musical innovation is full of danger to the State, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them.

Law    Music    State

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.

Law    Life    Lynchings

Only cops and vampires have to have an invitation to enter.

Dicta    Law    Welcome

Most civilisation is based on cowardice. It's so easy to civilize by teaching cowardice. You water down the standards which would lead to bravery. You restrain the will. You regulate the appetites. You fence in the horizons. You make a law for every movement. You deny the existence of chaos. You teach even the children to breathe slowly. You tame.

God Emperor of Dune

Frank Herbert

God Emperor of Dune

Justice? -You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.

A Frolic of His Own

William Gaddis

A Frolic of His Own

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.

Law    Simile

When honor and the Law no longer stand on the same side of the line, how do we choose[?]

Corruption    Honor    Law

Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that, if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil. But it is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil. It makes it worse. Why is it not more apt to anticipate and provide for reform? Why does it not cherish its wise minority? Why does it cry and resist before it is hurt? Why does it not encourage its citizens to be on the alert to point out its faults, and do better than it would have them?

America    Government    Humane    Law    Rights    Society    Unjust

My main problem with cops is that they do what they're told. They say 'Sorry mate, I'm just doing my job' all the fucking time.

Cops    Law

The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual, crime.

Crime    Government    Hypocrisy    Law    Politics    Unjust    Violence

Now here's somebody who wants to smoke a marijuana cigarette. If he's caught, he goes to jail. Now is that moral? Is that proper? I think it's absolutely disgraceful that our government, supposed to be our government, should be in the position of converting people who are not harming others into criminals, of destroying their lives, putting them in jail. That's the issue to me. The economic issue comes in only for explaining why it has those effects. But the economic reasons are not the reasons

Drugs    Economics    Law    Morality

Legalism says God will love us if we change. The gospel says God will change us because He loves us.

God's love    Grace    Law    Legalism

Federal and state laws (should) be changed to no longer make it a crime to possess marijuana for private use.

Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law.

Democracy    Freedom    Law    Liberty    Respect    Right    Wrong

The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.

And although I broke a lot of laws as a teenager, I straightened out immediately upon turning eighteen, when I realized the state had a legal right to execute me.

Brain Droppings

George Carlin

Brain Droppings
Law    Teens

Your religious beliefs are your business. They are not and should not be the basis for law. If you use them as justification to discriminate against others, don’t be upset when others decide you’re an asshole."
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Blog post of July 26, 2011
]

Errors do not cease to be errors simply because they’re ratified into law.

War." Gorgon spits the word. "That is what they call it to give the illusion of honor and law. It is chaos. Madness and blood and the hunger to win. It has always been thus and shall always be so.

Chaos    Forever    Gorgon    Honor    Law    War    Win

Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use... Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce [28g] of marijuana.

Drug laws    Drugs    Law    Marijuana    Police    Prohibition

A Great Rabbi stands, teaching in the marketplace. It happens that a husband finds proof that morning of his wife's adultery, and a mob carries her to the marketplace to stone her to death.
There is a familiar version of this story, but a friend of mine - a Speaker for the Dead - has told me of two other Rabbis that faced the same situation. Those are the ones I'm going to tell you.
The Rabbi walks forward and stands beside the woman. Out of respect for him the mob forbears and waits with the stones heavy in their hands. 'Is there any man here,' he says to them, 'who has not desired another man's wife, another woman's husband?'
They murmur and say, 'We all know the desire, but Rabbi none of us has acted on it.'
The Rabbi says, 'Then kneel down and give thanks that God has made you strong.' He takes the woman by the hand and leads her out of the market. Just before he lets her go, he whispers to her, 'Tell the Lord Magistrate who saved his mistress, then he'll know I am his loyal servant.'
So the woman lives because the community is too corrupt to protect itself from disorder.
Another Rabbi. Another city. He goes to her and stops the mob as in the other story and says, 'Which of you is without sin? Let him cast the first stone.'
The people are abashed, and they forget their unity of purpose in the memory of their own individual sins. ‘Someday,’ they think, ‘I may be like this woman. And I’ll hope for forgiveness and another chance. I should treat her as I wish to be treated.’
As they opened their hands and let their stones fall to the ground, the Rabbi picks up one of the fallen stones, lifts it high over the woman’s head and throws it straight down with all his might it crushes her skull and dashes her brain among the cobblestones. ‘Nor am I without sins,’ he says to the people, ‘but if we allow only perfect people to enforce the law, the law will soon be dead – and our city with it.’
So the woman died because her community was too rigid to endure her deviance.
The famous version of this story is noteworthy because it is so startlingly rare in our experience. Most communities lurch between decay and rigor mortis and when they veer too far they die. Only one Rabbi dared to expect of us such a perfect balance that we could preserve the law and still forgive the deviation.
So of course, we killed him.
-San Angelo
Letters to an Incipient Heretic

Speaker for the Dead

Orson Scott Card

Speaker for the Dead

The judge's massive eyebrows crept up. "Kaldar. Are you the one speaking for the plaintiff today?"
"Yes, Your Honor."
"Well, shit," Dobe said. "I guess you're familiar with the law. You hit it over the head, set its house on fire, and got its sister pregnant.

Kaldar    Law

No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law. How can it be within the law? The law is stationary. The law is fixed. The law is a chariot wheel which binds us all regardless of conditions or place or time.

Anarchy    Change    Law    Revolution

It (trying to keep the law) grants you the power to judge others and feel superior to them. You believe you are living to a higher standard than those you judge. Enforcing rules, especially in its more subtle expressions like responsibility and expectation, is a vain attempt to create certainty out of uncertainty. And contrary to what you might think, I have a great fondness for uncertainty. Rules cannot bring freedom; they only have the power to accuse.

The Shack

William Paul Young

The Shack
Certainty    Control    Control freaks    God    Law    Law and gospel    Ocd    Rules    Spirit    Uncertainty

It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a bible-reading people. The principles of the bible are the groundwork of human freedom.

Bible    Freedom    God    Law    Liberty    Oppression    Slavery    Truth

Two types of people laugh at the law: those that break it and those that make it.

A unjust law, is no law at all.

Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.

Law applied to its extreme is the greatest injustice

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