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

Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny.
The first thing we do, lets kill the lawyers. [Henry Iv]
The law is reason, free from passion.
Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.
Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.
The jury consist of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
Laws too gentle, are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.
Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.
Good men must not obey the laws too well.
The good of the people is the greatest law.
In law, nothing is certain but the expense.
The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.
Laws are not invented. They grow out of circumstances.
Written laws are like spider's webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and the poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.
The more corrupt the state, the more laws.
The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.
A judge is a law student who grades his own papers.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.
Anybody who thinks talk is cheap should get some legal advice.
This is a court of law young man, not a court of justice.
If the laws could speak for themselves, they would complain of the lawyers.
The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape.
The trouble with law is lawyers.
A lawyer starts life giving $500 worth of law for $5 and ends giving $5 worth for $500.
Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time.
I want to live perfectly above the law, and make it my servant instead of my master.
I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.
He who goes to law for a sheep loses his cow.
Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour.
God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.
No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my own constitution; the only wrong what is against it.
A lawyer is a gentlemen that rescues your estate from your enemies and then keeps it to himself.
Laws are not masters, but servants, and he rules them, who obeys them.
Law is a bottomless pit.
It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.
A good lawyer is a bad neighbor.
The more laws the less justice.
The law helps those who watch, not those who sleep.
Law school taught me one thing; how to take two situations that are exactly the same and show how they are different.
Petty laws breed great crimes.
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
Who thinks the law has anything to do with justice? It's what we have because we can't have justice.
A country survives its legislation. That truth should not comfort the conservative nor depress the radical. For it means that public policy can enlarge its scope and increase its audacity, can try big experiments without trembling too much over the result. This nation could enter upon the most radical experiments and could afford to fail in them.
Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap. Let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges. Let it be written in primers, spelling books, and in almanacs. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in the courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation.
I know of no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their strict execution.
In a democracy -- even if it is a so-called democracy like our white-?litist one -- the greatest veneration one can show the rule of law is to keep a watch on it, and to reserve the right to judge unjust laws and the subversion of the function of the law by the power of the state. That vigilance is the most important proof of respect for the law.
The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.
Amongst the learned the lawyers claim first place, the most self-satisfied class of people, as they roll their rock of Sisyphus and string together six hundred laws in the same breath, no matter whether relevant or not, piling up opinion on opinion and gloss on gloss to make their profession seem the most difficult of all. Anything which causes trouble has special merit in their eyes.
The wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand, which perishes in the twisting.
The laws of each are convertible into the laws of any other.
When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
Keep out of Chancery. It's being ground to bits in a slow mill; it's being roasted at a slow fire; it's being stung to death by single bees; it's being drowned by drops; it's going mad by grains.
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis on the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has.
Even an attorney of moderate talent can postpone doomsday year after year, for the system of appeals that pervades American jurisprudence amounts to a legalistic wheel of fortune, a game of chance, somewhat fixed in the favor of the criminal, that the participants play interminably.
There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity -- the law of nature and of nations.
Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
Where there is no law there is no transgression.
Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.
Every law is an infraction of liberty.
No civilization would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other.
An incompetent attorney can delay a trial for years or months. A competent attorney can delay one even longer.
Somebody figured it out -- we have 35 million laws trying to enforce Ten Commandments.
The laws and the stage, both are a form of exhibitionism.
We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read.
To succeed in the other trades, capacity must be shown; in the law, concealment of it will do.
We enact many laws that manufacture criminals, and then a few that punish them
The due process of law as we use it, I believe, rests squarely on the liberal idea of conflict and resolution.
The best laws cannot make a constitution work in spite of morals; morals can turn the worst laws to advantage. That is a commonplace truth, but one to which my studies are always bringing me back. It is the central point in my conception. I see it at the end of all my reflections.
I say, break the law.
Scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question.
Whatever the human law may be, neither an individual nor a nation can commit the least act of injustice against the obscurest individual without having to pay the penalty for it.
The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for law, so much as a respect for right.
Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.
Fish die when they are out of water, and people die without law and order.
In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.
The judge is found guilty when a criminal is acquitted.
I said there was a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid. To this society all the rest of the people are as slaves.
All breathing, existing, living, sentient creatures should not be slain nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away. This is the pure unchangeable law.
To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt.
Our demands are simple, normal, and therefore they are difficult to satisfy. All we ask is that an actor on the stage live in accordance with natural laws
Under any conditions, anywhere, whatever you are doing, there is some ordinance under which you can be booked.
A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
Whenever you wish to do anything against the law, Cicely, always consult a good solicitor first.
I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either.
A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.
Law cannot persuade when it cannot punish.
Lawyers enjoy a little mystery, you know. Why, if everybody came forward and told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth straight out, we should all retire to the workhouse.
The law often permits what honor prohibits.
Those laws, being forged for universal application, are in perpetual conflict with personal interest, just as personal interest is always in contradiction with the general interest. Good for society, our laws are very bad for the individuals whereof it is composed; for, if they one time protect the individual, they hinder, trouble, fetter him for three quarters of his life.
Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear.
Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty.
A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.
Fools and obstinate men make lawyers rich.
Possession is nine tenths of the law.
Lawyers and painters can soon make what's black, white.
Where the law is uncertain there is no law.
Lawyers and woodpeckers have long bills.
Curse on all laws, but those that love has made.
Law, without force, is impotent.
Courts of law, and all the paraphernalia and folly of law cannot be found in a rational state of society.
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed.
In cross examination, as in fishing, nothing is more ungainly than a fisherman pulled into the water by his catch.
I would uphold the law if for no other reason but to protect myself.
Lawyers -- a profession it is to disguise matters.
The severity of the laws prevents their execution.
The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.
There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principles of fear or reason, but from passion.
It would be better to have no laws at all, than to have too many.
It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law.
All that makes existence valuable to any one depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.
Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.
Lawyers are like rhinoceroses: thick skinned, short-sighted, and always ready to charge.
The only laws of matter are those that our minds must fabricate and the only laws of mind are fabricated for it by matter.
Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it.
The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life -- to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity.
The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science, that smiles in yer face while it picks yer pocket: and the glorious uncertainty of it is of more use to the professors than the justice of it.
Laws are the sovereigns of sovereigns.
A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the traitor.
It is unfair to believe everything we hear about lawyers, some of it might not be true.
He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.
Lawyers I suppose were children once.
Laws are felt only when the individual comes into conflict with them.
The court is like a palace of marble; it's composed of people very hard and very polished.
Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property.
I think we may class the lawyer in the natural history of monsters.
The only road to the highest stations in this country is that of the law.
I would be loath to speak ill of any person who I do not know deserves it, but I am afraid he is an attorney.
Lawyers know life practically. A bookish man should always have them to converse with.
Laws teach us to know when we commit injury and when we suffer it.
Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty.
Rulers were made to be broken.
Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business.
We should have learnt by now that laws and court decisions can only point the way. They can establish criteria of right and wrong. And they can provide a basis for rooting out the evils of bigotry and racism. But they cannot wipe away centuries of oppression and injustice -- however much we might desire it.
The United States is the greatest law factory the world has ever known.
Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.
The law is only one of several imperfect and more or less external ways of defending what is better in life against what is worse. By itself, the law can never create anything better. Establishing respect for the law does not automatically ensure a better life for that, after all, is a job for people and not for laws and institutions.
Christianity is part of the Common Law of England.
The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law. How can it be within the law? The law is stationary. The law is fixed. The law is a chariot wheel which binds us all regardless of conditions or place or time.
We eagerly get hold of a law that serves as a weapon to our passions.
Good laws make it easier to do right and harder to do wrong.
A fox may steal your hens, Sir, a whore your health and pence, Sir, your daughter rob your chest, Sir, your wife may steal your rest, Sir, a thief your goods and plate. But this is all but picking, with rest, pence, chest and chicken; it ever was decreed, Sir, if lawyer's hand is feed, Sir, he steals your whole estate.
Our human laws are more or less imperfect copies of the external laws as we see them.
A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman.
Where the law ends tyranny begins.
Here lies one believe it if you can, who thought an attorney, was a honest man.
Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.
When one wanted one's interests looking after whatever the cost, it was not so well for a lawyer to be over honest, else he might not be up to other people's tricks.
The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.
We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity.
I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.
The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law.
The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress.
Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.
The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free.
Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate.
The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.
When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
As soon as you begin to say We have always done things this way -- perhaps that might be a better way, conscious law-making is beginning. As soon as you begin to say We do things this way -- they do things that way -- what is to be done about it? men are beginning to feel towards justice, that resides between the endless jar of right and wrong.
A lawyers dream of heaven; every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.
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 legislature.
People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have must to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.
Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.
The law is light.
Our law very often reminds one of those outskirts of cities where you cannot for a long time tell how the streets come to wind about in so capricious and serpent-like a manner. At last it strikes you that they grew up, house by house, on the devious tracks of the old green lanes; and if you follow on to the existing fields, you may often find the change half complete.
Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
I have enforced the law against killing certain animals and many others, but the greatest progress of righteousness among men comes from the exhortation in favor of non-injury to life and abstention from killing living beings.