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Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body - the producers and consumers themselves.

Every instance of a man's suffering the penalty of the law, is an instance of the failure of that penalty in effecting its purpose, which is to deter from transgression.

Going to law is losing a cow for the sake of a cat.

Good laws make it easier to do right and harder to do wrong.

I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.

If the law is upheld only by government officials, then all law is at an end.

If the law supposes that, said Mr. Bumble, "the law is a ass, a idiot."

Ignorance of the law excuses no man; not that all men know the law, but because it is an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to confute him.

In a republic the first rule for the guidance of the citizen is obedience of the law.

In civil jurisprudence it too often happens that there is so much law, that there is no room for justice, and that the claimant expires of wrong in the midst of right, as mariners die of thirst in the midst of water.

In effect, to follow, not to force, the public inclination, to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislation.

In law, nothing is certain but the expense.

It is a very easy thing to devise good laws; the difficulty is to make them effective. The great mistake is that of looking upon men as virtuous, or thinking that they can be made so by laws; and consequently the greatest art of a politician is to render vices serviceable to the cause of virtue.

It is impossible for men even to murder each other without statutes and maxims, and an idea of justice and honor. - War has its laws as well as peace.

Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.

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

Law is never wise but when merciful, out mercy has conditions; and that which is mercy to the myriads, may seem hard to the one; and that which seems hard to the one, may be mercy when viewed by the eye that looks on through eternity.

Law is often spoken of as uncertain; but the uncertainty is not so much in the law as in the evidence.

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

Law never does anything constructive. We have had enough of legislators promising to do that which laws can not do.


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