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Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law.
      - Sophocles

What a cage is to the wild beast, law is to the selfish man.
      - Herbert Spencer

To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all laws into contempt.
      - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Law is a bottomless pit; it is a cormorant,--a harpy that devours everything.
      - Jonathan Swift

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
      - Jonathan Swift,
        Essay on the Faculties of the Mind

He hurts the good who spares the bad.
  [Lat., Bonis nocet quisquis pepercerit malis.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

The judge is condemned when the guilty is acquitted.
  [Lat., Judex damnatur cum nocens absolvitur.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

The more corrupt the state, the more laws.
  [Lat., Corruptissima republica, plurimae leges.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (III, 27)

In all things there is a kind of law of cycles.
  [Lat., Rebus cunctis inest quidam velut orbis.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (III, 55)

Our magistrates discharge their duties best at the beginning; and fall off toward the end.
  [Lat., Initia magistratuum nostrorum meliora, ferme finis inclinat.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (XV, 31)

A legal decision depends not on the teacher's age, but on the force of his argument.
      - The Talmud

A man must not go to law because the musician keeps false time with his foot.
      - Jeremy Taylor vol. VIII, p. 145

What the law insists upon, let it have of your own free will.
  [Lat., Quod vos jus cogit, id voluntate impetret.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Adelphi
         (III, 4, 44)

The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.
  [Lat., Jus summum saepe summa est malitia.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer),
        Heauton timoroumenos (IV, V, 48)

The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it.
      - Henry David Thoreau

The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free.
      - Henry David Thoreau

No man e'er felt the halter draw,
  With good opinion of the law.
      - John Trumbull (1), McFingal
         (canto III, l. 489)

We enact many laws that manufacture criminals, and then a few that punish them.
      - Benjamin R. Tucker

For certain people, after fifty, litigation takes the place of sex.
      - Gore Vidal

In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics.
      - Earl Warren, in the "New York Times"

Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
      - George Washington

The Law: It has honored us, may we honor it.
      - Daniel Webster,
        a toast at the Charleston Bar Dinner

The glorious uncertainty of law.
      - Thomas Wilbraham,
        a toast at a dinner of judges and counsel at Serjeants' Inn Hall

And he that gives us in these days
  New Lords may give us new laws.
      - George Wither (Whyther or Withers),
        Contented Man's Morrice

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