Quotes: Law, Rule of Law

What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.
~ Voltaire


An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
~ Mohandas Gandhi

To believe in a just law of cause and effect, carrying with it a punishment or a reward, is to believe in righteousness.
~ Ernest Holmes

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.
~ Winston Churchill

Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

What we seek is the reign of law, based upon the consent of the governed and sustained by the organized opinion of mankind.
~ Woodrow Wilson

The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.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

When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.
~ Pope John Paul II

Lawless are they that make their wills their law.
~ William Shakespeare

Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.
~ James A. Baldwin

The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.
~ Benjamin Franklin

Most laws condemn the soul and pronounce sentence. The result of the law of my God is perfect. It condemns but forgives. It restores – more than abundantly – what it takes away.
~ Jim Elliot

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
~ Immanuel Kant

Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
~ Mark Twain

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