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Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.
      - Albert Einstein

Christianity is part of the law of England.
      - John Scott Eldon, 1st Earl of Eldon

Good men must not obey the laws too well.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.
      - Friedrich Engels

To go to law, is for two persons to kindle a fire at their own cost, to warm others, and singe themselves to cinders; and because they cannot agree, to what is truth and equity, they will both agree to unplume themselves, that others may be decorated with their feathers.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

When the judges shall be obliged to go armed, it will be time for the courts to be closed.
      - Stephen Johnson Field,
        when advised to arm himself, California

The law sends us to Christ to be justified, and Christ sends us to the law to be regulated.
      - Rev. John Flavel (2)

Future lawyers should be more aware that law is not a system of abstract logic, but the web of arrangements, rooted in history but also in hopes, for promoting to a maximum the full use of a nation's resources and talents.
      - Justice Felix Frankfurter,
        in an address to the College of the City of New York, September, 30, 1942

Where there is Hunger, Law is not regarded; and where Law is not regarded, there will be Hunger.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack

Our human laws are but the copies, more or less imperfect, of the eternal laws, so far as we can read them.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism

Just laws are no restraint upon the freedom of the good, for the good man desires nothing which a just law will interfere with.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Reciprocal Duties of State and Subject

Coercion is the basis of every law in the universe,--human or divine. A law is not law without coercion behind it.
      - James Abram Garfield

Whenever the offence inspires less horror than the punishment, the rigour of penal law is obliged to give way to the common feelings of mankind.
      - Edward Gibbon,
        The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
         (ch. XIV, vol. I)

All rights and laws are still transmitted,
  Like an eternal sickness to the race.
    [Ger., Es erben sich Gesetz and Rechte
      Wie eine ew'ge Krankheit fort.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (I, 4, 449)

After all, that is what laws are for, to be made and unmade.
      - Emma Goldman

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 386)

A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's printed on.
      - Samuel Goldwyn

I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.
      - Ulysses Simpson Grant, Inaugural Address

My Lords, I have more than once had occasion to say that in construing a statute I believe the worst person to construe it is the person who is responsible for its draft.
      - Lord Halsbury, Hardinge Stanley Giffard,
        1902 Appeal Cases (p. 477)

It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.
      - Alexander Hamilton

The aim of law is the maximum gratification of the nervous system of man.
      - Learned Hand

The people should fight for the law as for their city wall.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus

Law that shocks equity is reason's murderer.
      - Aaron Hill


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