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He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XI, v. 15)

Liberty, whether natural, civil, or political, is the lawful power in the individual to exercise his corresponding rights. It is greatly favored in law.
      - Henry Campbell Black

It is a very easy thing to devise good laws; the difficulty is to make them effective. The great mistake is that of looking upon men as virtuous, or thinking that they can be made so by laws; and consequently the greatest art of a politician is to render vices serviceable to the cause of virtue.
      - 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, Henry St. John

Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
      - Louis D. Brandeis,
        part of his dissent in the case of Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 485 (1928)

The law is a gun, which if it misses a pigeon always kills a crow; if it does not strike the guilty, it hits some one else. As every crime creates a law, so in turn every law creates a crime.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Alas, the incertitude of the law!
      - Edmund Burke

All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice.
      - Edmund Burke

Law and arbitrary power are at eternal enmity.
      - Edmund Burke

There is but one law for all; namely, that law which governs all law,--the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity; the law of nature and of nations.
      - Edmund Burke

There was an ancient Roman lawyer, of great fame in the history of Roman jurisprudence, whom they called Cui Bono, from his having first introduced into judicial proceedings the argument, "What end or object could the party have had in the act with which he is accused."
      - Edmund Burke,
        Impeachment of Warren Hastings

I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against an whole people.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Speech on the Conciliation of America

A good parson once said that where mystery begins religion ends. Cannot I say, as truly at least, of human laws, that where mystery begins, justice ends?
      - Edmund Burke,
        Vindication of Natural Society

The law of England is the greatest grievance of the nation, very expensive and dilatory.
      - Bishop Gilbert Burnet,
        History of His Own Times

That which is a law today is none tomorrow.
      - Robert Burton

Our wrangling lawyers . . . are so litigious and busy here on earth, that I think they will plead their clients' causes hereafter, some of them in hell.
      - Robert Burton,
        Anatomy of Melancholy--Democritus to the Reader

Laws do not put the least restraint
  Upon our freedom but maintain 't;
    Or, if it does, 'tis for our good,
      To give us freer latitude;
        For wholesome laws preserve us free,
          By stinting of our liberty.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Your pettifoggers damn their souls,
  To share with knaves in cheating fools.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto I, l. 515)

Is not the winding up witnesses,
  And nicking, more than half the bus'ness?
    For witnesses, like watches, go
      Just as they're set, too fast or slow;
        And where in Conscience they're strait-lac'd,
          'Tis ten to one that side is cast.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto II, l. 359)

The law of heaven and earth is life for life.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Curse of Minerva (st. 15)

Arms and laws do not flourish together.
      - Julius Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar),
        in Plutarch's "Parallel Lives", "Julius Caesar"

Hard cases, it is said, make bad law.
      - Lord John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell

Law never is, but is always about to be.
      - Benjamin Cardozo

No written law has been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
      - Carrie Chapman Catt,
        in a speech at Senate hearing on Woman's suffrage

Who to himself is law, no law doth need,
  Offends no law, and is a king indeed.
      - George Chapman, Bussy d'Ambois
         (act II, sc. 1)

The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake, the winds may blow through it, the storm may enter, the rain may enter; but the king of England cannot enter.
      - 1st Earl of Chatham, William Pitt

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