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Unless by the lawful judgment of their peers.
  [Lat., Nisi per legale judicum parum suorum.]
      - Unattributed Author,
        Magna Charta--Privilege of Barons of Parliament

Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.
      - Henry Brooks Adams

The laws of a state change with the changing times.
      - Aeschylus

Where there are laws, he who has not broken them need not tremble.
  [It., Ove son leggi,
    Tremar non dee chi leggi non infranse.]
      - Vittorio Alfieri, Virginia (II, 1)

Law is king of all.
      - Henry Alford, School of the Heart
         (lesson 6)

Laws are the silent assessors of God.
      - William R. Alger

Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will like them only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.
      - Anacharsis, to Solon when writing his laws

Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.
      - Saint Thomas Aquinas

Law is a bottomless pit.
      - John Arbuthnot,
        title of a pamphlet (about 1700)

Ancient laws remain in force long after the people have the power to change them.
      - Aristotle

At his best man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
      - Aristotle

The law is reason free from passion.
      - Aristotle

Whereas the law is passionless, passion must ever sway the heart of man.
      - Aristotle

Decided cases are the anchors of the law, as laws are of the state.
      - Francis Bacon

One of the Seven was wont to say: "That laws were like cobwebs; where the small flies were caught, and the great brake through."
      - Francis Bacon, Apothegms (no. 181)

All this is but a web of the wit; it can work nothing.
      - Francis Bacon, Essays on Empire

A mouse-trap; easy to enter, but not easy to get out of.
      - Mrs. Clara Lucas Balfour

Laws are silent in the midst of arms.
      - John Bate

A law is valuable not because it is law, but because there is right in it.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Laws are not masters but servants, and he rules them who obeys them.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
      - Bible, Daniel (ch. VI, v. 8)

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the same, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
      - Bible, Hebrews (ch. XII, v. 1-2)

But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers.
      - Bible, I Timothy (ch. I, v. 8-9)

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. VIII, v. 20)

They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XXII, v. 21)


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