Laws alone can not 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 (1879 – 1955)
Good laws have their origins in bad morals.
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 (1844 – 1924), The Red Lily, 1894, chapter 7
Where you find the laws most numerous, there you will find also the greatest injustice.
Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC), Politics
Law is mind without reason.
Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)
When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881)
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 (1874 – 1952)
Law stands mute in the midst of arms.
Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC), Pro Milone
The people’s good is the highest law.
Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC), De Legibus
The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong.
Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)
It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
Earl Warren (1891 – 1974)
The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
Frank Zappa (1940 – 1993)
What power has law where only money rules.
Gaius Petronius (~66 AD)
The problem with any unwritten law is that you don’t know where to go to erase it.
Glaser and Way
A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
H. L. Mencken (1880 – 1956)