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Law should be like death, which spares no one.

Laws are always unstable unless they are founded on the manners of a nation; and manners are the only durable and resisting power in a people.

Laws are commanded to hold their tongues among arms; and tribunals fall to the ground with the peace they are no longer able to uphold.

Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture, as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle-sized are alone entangled in it.

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.

Laws are silent in time of war.

Laws are the silent assessors of God.

Laws are the sovereigns of sovereigns.

Laws are the very bulwarks of liberty; they define every man's rights, and defend the individual liberties of all men.

Laws can discover sin, but not remove it.

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.

Laws were made to restrain and punish the wicked; the wise and good do not need them as a guide, but only as a shield against rapine and oppression; they can live civilly and orderly, though there were no law in the world.

Laws which are in advance of public sentiment are generally but a dead letter.

Let but the public mind once become thoroughly corrupt, and all attempts to secure property, liberty, or life, by mere force of laws written on parchment, will be as vain as to put up printed notices in an orchard to keep off canker-worms.

Multitudes of laws are signs, either of much tyranny in the prince, or much rebellious disobedience in the subject.

No people were ever better than their laws, though many have been worse.

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.

Our defense is not in armaments, nor in science, nor in going underground. Our defense is in law and order.

Penal laws - by which every man's danger becomes every man's safety, and by which, though all are restrained, yet all are benefited.


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