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Pity is the virtue of the law, and none but tyrants use it cruelly.

Possession is eleven points in the law.

Reason is the life of law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason.

Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason. The law which is perfection of reason.

Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Cae-

So great is the force of laws, and of particular forms of government, and so little dependence have they on the humors and tempers of men, that consequences almost as general and certain may sometimes be deduced from them, as any which the mathematical sciences afford us.

Society cannot exist without law and order, and cannot advance except through vigorous innovators.

Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law.

The absolute justice of the state enlightened by the perfect reason of the state, that is law.

The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.

The excess of sentiment, which is misleading in philanthropy and economics, grows acutely dangerous when it interferes with legislation, or with the ordinary rulings of morality.

The execution of the laws is more important than the making of them.

The good need fear no law; it is his safety, and the bad man's awe.

The Jews ruin themselves at their passover; the Moors, at their marriages; and the Christians, in their lawsuits.

The law can make you quit drinking; but it can't make you quit being the kind that needs a law to make you quit drinking.

The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.

The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science that smiles in your face while it picks your pocket; and the glorious uncertainty of it is of more use to the professors than the justice of it.

The law is past depth to those who, without heed, do plunge into it.

The law is the standard and guardian of our liberty; it circumscribes and defends it; but to imagine liberty without a law, is to imagine every man with his sword in his hand to destroy him, who is weaker than himself; and that would be no pleasant prospect to those who cry out most for liberty.


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