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Where law ends, there tyranny begins.
      - 1st Earl of Chatham, William Pitt

Law is not law, if it violates the principles of eternal justice.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

Possession is eleven points in the law.
      - Colley Cibber

The good of the people is the chief law.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

The law of nations.
  [Lat., Jus gentium.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Officiis (III, 17)

For as the law is set over the magistrate, even so are the magistrates set over the people. And therefore, it may be truly said, "that the magistrate is a speaking law, and the law is a silent magistrate."
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        On the Laws (bk. III, I)

For the laws are dumb in the midst of arms.
  [Lat., Silent enim leges inter arma.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Pro Milone (IV)

After an existence of nearly twenty years of almost innocuous desuetude these laws are brought forth.
      - Steven Grover Cleveland, Message

Common law is common right.
      - Lord Edward Coke,
        as quoted by William Penn at his trial

Magna Charta is such a fellow that he will have no sovereign.
      - Lord Edward Coke, Debate in the Commons

Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason. . . . The law which is perfection of reason.
      - Lord Edward Coke, First Institute

The gladsome light of jurisprudence.
      - Lord Edward Coke, First Institute

Law and equity are two things which God hath joined, but which man hath put asunder.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
      - Calvin Coolidge

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
      - Aleister Crowley, Book of the Law (l. 40)

Men would be great criminals did they need as many laws as they break.
      - Lord Charles John Darling

Trial by jury itself, instead of being a security to persons who are accused, shall be a delusion, a mockery, and a snare.
      - Thomas Denman, 2nd Baron Denman,
        O'Connell vs. the Queen,
        II Clark and Finnelly Reports 351

A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.
      - Rene Descartes

Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving--HOW NOT TO DO IT.
      - Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
         (bk. I, ch. X)

"If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble, "the law is an ass, a idiot."
      - Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist (ch. LI)

I know'd what 'ud come o' this here mode o' doin' bisiness. Oh, Sammy, Sammy, vy worn't there a alleybi!
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
         (ch. XXXIV (vol. II, ch. VI))

If it's near dinner-time, the foreman takes out his watch when the jury has retired, and says: "Dear me, gentlemen, ten minutes to five, I declare! I dine at five, gentlemen." "So do I," says everybody else, except two men who ought to have dined at three and seem more than half disposed to stand out in consequence. The foreman smiles, and puts up his watch:--"Well, gentlemen, what do we say, plaintiff or defendant, gentlemen? I rather think, so far as I am concerned, gentlemen--I say I rather think--don't let that influence you--I rather think the plaintiff's the man." Upon this two or three other men are sure that think so too--as of course they do; and then they get on very unanimously and comfortably.
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
         (ch. XXXIV (vol. II, ch. VI))

To seek the redress of grievances by going to law, is like sheep running for shelter to a bramble bush.
      - Lewis W. Dilwyn

When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Man became free when he recognized that he was subject to law.
      - William James (Will) Durant

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