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SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE
English jurist
(1723 - 1780)

Every wanton and causeless restraint of the will of the subject, whether practiced by a monarch, a nobility, or a popular assembly, is a degree of tyranny.
      - [Tyranny]

Gaming is a kind of tacit confession that the company engaged therein do in general exceed the bounds of their respective fortunes, and therefore they cast lots to determine upon whom the ruin shall at present fall, that the rest may be saved a little longer.
      - [Gambling]

Man was formed for society.
      - [Society]

So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not authorize the least violation of it; no, not even for the general good of the whole community.
      - [Property]

The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual's private rights.
      - [Rights]

The sciences are of a sociable disposition, and flourish best in the neighborhood of each other; nor is there any branch of learning but may be helped and improved by assistance drawn from other arts.
      - [Science]

That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution.
      - bk. III, ch. XVII [Royalty]

No outward doors of a man's house can in general be broken open to execute any civil process; though in criminal cases the public safety supersedes the private.
      - vol. IV, p. 108 (Stephen's) (1880 ed.)
        [Home]

It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.
      - Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England
         (vol. IV, c. 27, page 352) [Justice]

The king never dies.
      - Commentaries (IV, 249), (Latin),
        also Broom's Legal Maxims (max. 50)
        [Legal Maxims : Proverbs : Royalty]

The royal navy of England has ever been its greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.
      - Commentaries (vol. I, bk. I, ch. XIII)
        [Navy]


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