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AristotleThe law is reason unaffected by desire.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

AristotleLaw is order, and good law is good order.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

René DescartesA state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.

—  René Descartes, 1596-1650, French philosopher

Otto von BismarckLaws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

NapoleonThere are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

NapoleonA constitution should be framed so as not to impede the action of government, nor force the government to its violation.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Winston ChurchillIf you make 10,000 regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Michel de MontaigneThere is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

SenecaSome laws are not written, but are more decisive than any written law.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

Benjamin DisraeliWhen men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

VauvenarguesThose who fear men like laws.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

Martin Luther KingIt 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.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Henry David ThoreauThe law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free.

—  Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American writer

Peter DruckerWe do not need more laws. No country suffers from a shortage of laws. We need a new model.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Harry TrumanA person who is fundamentally honest doesn't need a code of ethics. The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are all the ethical code anybody needs.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Harry TrumanIt's not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It's the hand that casts the ballot.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Calvin CoolidgeTo live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Calvin CoolidgeIt is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Calvin CoolidgeI sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis on the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Luis XVIIt is legal because I want it.

—  Luis XVI, 1754-1793, King of France [1774-1792]

Margaret ThatcherConstitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper.

—  Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, British Prime Minister

Will DurantIf man asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

William ShakespeareThe first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Henry VI, p. II

Niccolò MachiavelliThe chief foundations of all states are good laws and good arms; and as there cannot be good laws where the state is not well armed, it follows that where they are well armed they have good laws.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher


Latin Quotes

Saint Thomas AquinasBad law, no law.

Lex malla, lex nulla

—  Saint Thomas Aquinas, 1225-1274, Italian Dominican friar & philosopher

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Latin proverbTough law but still a law.

Dura lex, sed lex.

—  Latin proverb

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CiceroWe are slaves of the law in order to be free.

Legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

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CiceroLaw stands mute in the midst of arms.

Inter arma silent leges.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

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CiceroThe welfare of the people is the ultimate law.

Salus populi suprema lex.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

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Funny Quotes

Fred AllenI learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college, won the case, and got my tuition back.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian


Ancient Greek

Ancient Greek phraseIf you are s stranger, follow the local laws.

Ξένος ών ακολούθει τοις επιχωρίοις νόμοις.

—  Ancient Greek phrase

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