Law Quotes and Sayings

No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.
Theodore Roosevelt

When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.
– Richard Nixon

We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
Ronald Reagan

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

Consider the reason of the case, for nothing is law that is not reason.
– Sir John Powell

Where you find the laws most numerous, there you will find also the greatest injustice.
– Arcesilaus

The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Necessity has no law.
– William Langland

Law is the embodiment of the moral sentiment of the people.
– William Blackstone

Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the general progress of the human mind.
Thomas Jefferson

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.
– Seneca

The law must be stable, but it must not stand still.
– Roscoe Pound

Law is experience developed by reason and applied continually to further experience.
– Roscoe Pound

Laws are like sausages. It’s better not to see them being made.
– Otto von Bismarck

Ignorance of the law excuses no man: Not that all men know the law, but because ’tis an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to refute him.
– John Selden

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Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.
– Jean Jacques Rousseau

The law is not so much carved in stone as it is written in water, flowing in and out with the tide.
– Jeff Melvoin

The more laws and order are made prominent,
The more thieves and robbers there will be.
– Lao- tzu

A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
– H. L. Mencken

What power has law where only money rules.
– Gaius Petronius

The problem with any unwritten law is that you don’t know where to go to erase it.
– Glaser and Way

The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
– Frank Zappa

The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Law is mind without reason.
Aristotle

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A law is something which must have a moral basis, so that there is an inner compelling force for every citizen to obey.
– Chaim Weizmann

Law is order, and good law is good order.
Aristotle

I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Aristotle

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
Aristotle

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
– Anatole France

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