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What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow; that is the whole Law: the rest is commentary.
      - Hillel

It is only rogues who feel the restraints of law.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Laws are the very bulwarks of liberty. They define every man's rights, and stand between and defend the individual liberties of all men.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

The moment that law is destroyed, liberty is lost, and men, left free to enter upon the domains of each other, destroy each other's rights, and invade the field of each other's liberty.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Of law there can be no less acknowledged than that her seat is the bosom of God, her voice the harmony of the world; all things do her homage, the very least as feeling her care; and the greatest as not exempted from leer power; both angels and men, and creatures of what condition soever, though each in different sort and manner, yet all with uniform consent admiring her as the mother of their peace and joy.
      - Richard Hooker

Of what use are laws, inoperative through public immortality?
  [Lat., Quid leges sine moribus
    Vanae proficiunt?]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (III, 24, 35)

When we deal with questions relating to principles of law and their applications, we do not suddenly rise into a stratosphere of icy certainty.
      - Charles Evans Hughes

The law is a pretty bird, and has charming wings. It would be quite a bird of paradise if it did not carry such a terrible bill.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.
      - Lyndon Baines Johnson

A country is in a bad state, which is governed only by laws; because a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The law is the last result of human wisdom acting upon human experience for the benefit of the public.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Johnsoniana (Piozzi's Anecdotes, 58)

The good need fear no law; it is his safety, and the bad man's awe.
      - Ben Jonson

The verdict acquits the raven, but condemns the dove.
  [Lat., Dat veniam corvis, vexat censura columbas.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (II, 63)

Avoid law suits beyond all things; they influence your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

The laws sometimes sleep, but never die.
      - Legal Maxim

We must never assume that which is incapable of proof.
      - George Henry Lewes,
        The Physiology of Common Life (ch. XIII)

Before then any man might instantly use what another had invented; so that the inventor had no special advantage from his own invention. The patent system changed this; secured to the inventor, for a limited time, the exclusive use of his invention; and thereby added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius, in the discovery and production of new and useful things.
      - Abraham Lincoln,
        in his Second Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions, Jacksonville, Illionois, February 11, 1859

Let every man remember that to violate the law is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear that charter of his own and his children's liberty.
      - Abraham Lincoln

It is safer that a bad man should not be accused, than that he should be acquitted.
  [Lat., Hominem improbum non accusari tutius est quam absolvi.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXXIV, 4)

Laws are the sovereigns of sovereigns.
      - Louis XIV ("Le Grand")

The charter will henceforth be a reality.
  [Fr., La charte sera desormais une verite.]
      - Louis Philippe ("Roi Citoyen" "The Citizan King")

And folks are beginning to think it looks odd,
  To choke a poor scamp for the glory of God.
      - James Russell Lowell, A Fable for Critics
         (l. 492)

All things obey fixed laws.
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus)

The law discovers the disease. The gospel gives the remedy.
      - Martin Luther

Because just as good morals, if they are to be maintained, have need of the laws, so the laws, if they are to be observed, have need of good morals.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

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