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Sir William Blackstone Quotes





A corruption of morals usually follows a profanation of the Sabbath.
[Sabbath]
 

Aristotle himself has said, speaking of the laws of his own country, that jurisprudence, or the knowledge of those laws, is the principal and most perfect branch of ethics.
[Law]
 

Every wanton and causeless restraint of the will of the subject, whether practised by a monarch, a nobility, or a popular assembly, is a degree of tyranny.
[Tyranny]
 

Gambling is a kind of tacit confession that those engaged therein do, in general, exceed the bounds of their respective fortunes; and therefore they cast lots to determine on whom the ruin shall at present fall, that the rest may be saved a little longer.
[Gambling]
 

It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.
[Innocence]
 

Law is the embodiment of the moral sentiment of the people.
[Law]
 

Of all the parts of a law, the most effectual is the vindicatory; for it is but lost labor to say, "Do this, or avoid that," unless we also declare, "This shall be the consequence of your non­compliance." The main strength and force of a law consists in the penalty annexed to it.
[Law]
 

That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution.
[Royalty]
 

The keeping of one day in seven holy, as a time of relaxation and refreshment as well as public worship, is of inestimable benefit to a state, considered merely as a civil institution.
[Sabbath]
 

The sciences are of sociable disposition, and flourish best in the neighborhood of each other; nor is there any branch of learning but may be helped and improved by assistance drawn from other arts.
[Science]
 

Time whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary.
[Memory]