Legal Quotes



Here are some quotes by famous people about the law. Do they live up to your standards?


“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” ― Robert A. Heinlein


“We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.” ― Hunter S. Thompson


“Any fool can make a rule And any fool will mind it.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Journal #14


“Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law.” ― Cassandra Clare, Lady Midnight


“We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.” ― Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.


“Justice? -- You get justice in the next world. In this one you have the law.” ― William Gaddis, A Frolic of His Own


“Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.” ― Honoré de Balzac


“A unjust law, is no law at all.” ― Martin Luther, Bibelausgaben, Die Bibel nach der Übersetzung Martin Luthers, mit Apokryphen, Neue Rechtschreibung, Schwarz


“When mores are sufficient, laws are unnecessary; when mores are insufficient, laws are unenforceable.” ― Émile Durkheim


“The law is an opinion with a gun.” ― Stefan Molyneux


“Most civilisation is based on cowardice. It's so easy to civilize by teaching cowardice. You water down the standards which would lead to bravery. You restrain the will. You regulate the appetites. You fence in the horizons. You make a law for every movement. You deny the existence of chaos. You teach even the children to breathe slowly. You tame.” ― Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune


“Those fellows, they're always crying over killers. Never a thought for the victims.” ― Truman Capote, In Cold Blood


“Law cannot reach where enforcement will not follow. —Popular aphorism.” ― Jack Vance


“We are bound by the law, so that we may be free.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The Constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.” ― John Marshall

“If you want good laws, burn those you have and make new ones.” ― Voltaire

“I’m seventeen years old, my name is Juan García Madero, and I’m in my first semester of law school. I wanted to study literature, not law, but my uncle insisted, and in the end I gave in. I’m an orphan, and someday I’ll be a lawyer. That’s what I told my aunt and uncle, and then I shut myself in my room and cried all night.” ― Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives

“We may indeed in counsel point to the higher road, but we cannot compel any free creature to walk upon it. That leadeth to tyranny, which disfigureth good and maketh it seem hateful.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, Morgoth's Ring

Source: goodreads

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