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Unless by the lawful judgment of their peers.
]Lat., Nisi per legale judicum parum suorum[.

-Unattributed Author ,
Magna Charta--Privilege of Barons of Parliament

Law is merely the expression of the will of the strongest for the time being, and
therefore laws have no fixity, but shift from generation to generation.

-Henry Brooks Adams

The laws of a state change with the changing times.
-Aeschylus

Where there are laws, he who has not broken them need not tremble.
]It., Ove son leggi,

Tremar non dee chi leggi non infranse[.
-Vittorio Alfieri, Virginia (II, 1 (

Law is king of all.
-Henry Alford, School of the Heart

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Laws are the silent assessors of God.
-William R. Alger

Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will like them only entangle and hold the
poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.

-Anacharsis, to Solon when writing his laws

Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the
community.

-Saint Thomas Aquinas

Law is a bottomless pit.
-John Arbuthnot ,

title of a pamphlet (about 1700 (

Ancient laws remain in force long after the people have the power to change them.
-Aristotle

At his best man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the
worst.

-Aristotle

The law is reason free from passion.
-Aristotle

Whereas the law is passionless, passion must ever sway the heart of man.
-Aristotle

Decided cases are the anchors of the law, as laws are of the state.

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-Francis Bacon

One of the Seven was wont to say: "That laws were like cobwebs; where the small
flies were caught, and the great brake through".

-Francis Bacon, Apothegms (no. 181 (

All this is but a web of the wit; it can work nothing.
-Francis Bacon, Essays on Empire

A mouse-trap; easy to enter, but not easy to get out of.
-Mrs. Clara Lucas Balfour

Laws are silent in the midst of arms.
-John Bate

A law is valuable not because it is law, but because there is right in it.
-Henry Ward Beecher

Laws are not masters but servants, and he rules them who obeys them.
-Henry Ward Beecher

Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed,
according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

-Bible, Daniel (ch. VI, v. 8 (

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let
us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run
with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set
before him endured the cross, despising the same, and is set down at the right hand of
the throne of God.

-Bible, Hebrews (ch. XII, v. 1-2 (

But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and

disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of
fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers.

-Bible, I Timothy (ch. I, v. 8-9 (

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because
there is no light in them.

-Bible, Isaiah (ch. VIII, v. 20 (

They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar
the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

-Bible, Matthew (ch. XXII, v. 21(

He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it.
-Bible, Proverbs (ch. XI, v. 15 (

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If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.

Author: Otto Von Bismarck
Source: None

Edward Abbey, quotes about Law:
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his
government.
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John Adams, quotes about Law:
no good government but what is republican... the very definition of a
republic is 'an empire of laws, and not of men.'
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John Adams, quotes about Law:
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our
inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of
facts and evidence.
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John Adams, quotes about Law:
The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as
sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public
justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.
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John Adams, quotes about Law:
If Aristotle, Livy, and Harrington knew what a republic was, the British
constitution is much more like a republic than an empire. They define a
republic to be a government of laws, and not of men. If this definition is
just, the British constitution is nothing more or less than a republic, in
which the king is first magistrate. This office being hereditary, and being
possessed of such ample and splendid prerogatives, is no objection to
the government's being a republic, as long as it is bound by fixed laws,
which the people have a voice in making, and a right to defend.
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John Quincy Adams, quotes about Law:
The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but
they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy.
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John Quincy Adams, quotes about Law:
Law logic -- an artificial system of reasoning, exclusively used in courts of
justice, but good for nothing anywhere else.
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John Quincy Adams, quotes about Law:
All the public business in Congress now connects itself with intrigues, and
there is great danger that the whole government will degenerate into a
struggle of cabals.
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Samuel Adams, quotes about Law:
Were the talents and virtues which heaven has bestowed on men given
merely to make them more obedient drudges, to be sacrificed to the
follies and ambition of a few? Or, were not the noble gifts so equally
dispensed with a divine purpose and law, that they should as nearly as
possible be equally exerted, and the blessings of Providence be equally
enjoyed by all?
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The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are
worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against
all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy
ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense
of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence.
It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation,
enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by
violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices
of false and designing men.
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Samuel Adams, quotes about Law:
If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give
up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of
society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom
being the gift of Almighty God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this
gift and voluntarily become a slave.
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American Bar Association, quotes about Law:
It is the duty of the officials to prevent or suppress the threatened disorder
with a firm hand instead of timidly yielding to threats…. Surely a speaker
ought not to be suppressed because his opponents propose to use
violence. It is they who should suffer from their lawlessness, not he.
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American Bar Association, quotes about Law:
I shall not counsel or maintain any suit or proceeding which shall appear
to me to be unjust, nor any defense except such as I believe to be
honestly debatable under the law of the land.
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Henri-Frédéric Amiel, quotes about Law:
The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that
it forms.
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Susan B. Anthony, quotes about Law:
It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the
male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.
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Aristotle, quotes about Law:
It makes no difference whether a good man has defrauded a bad man, or
a bad man defrauded a good man, or whether a good or bad man has
committed adultery: the law can look only to the amount of damage done.
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Thurman Arnold, quotes about Law:
It is a part of the function of “law” to give recognition to ideas representing
the exact opposite of established conduct. Most of the complications arise
from the necessity of pretending to do one thing, while actually doing
another.
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The spectacle of a judge pouring over the picture of some nude, trying to
ascertain the extent to which she arouses prurient interests, and then
attempting to write an opinion which explains the difference between that
nude and some other nude has elements of low comedy.
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• The Open Society and Its Enemies - Karl Popper
attacking a totalitarian undercurrent in Plato's
"political" works.

[edit] Other aspects

• Gymnasium (ancient Greece) and Gymnopaedia
- Military exercise, sports and dancing as an
educational asset.

[edit] External references

[edit] Regarding Plato's The Laws

• Kochin, Michael (2002). Gender and Rhetoric
in Plato's Political Thought. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-
80852-9.

• Pangle, Thomas L., 1980. The Laws of Plato,
Translated, with Notes and an Interpretive
Essay, New York, Basic Books.

• The Laws , available at Project Gutenberg., a
19th century translation.

[edit] Other ancient texts about law systems

• Polity of the Athenians and the
Lacedaemonians by Xenophon, available at
Project Gutenberg.

• Works by Plutarch at Project Gutenberg (The
text about Lykurgus is in Volume I of the Lives)

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In law and ethics, Universal Law or Universal Principle refers to concept of legal
legitimacy whereby those principles and rules for governing human conduct which
are most universal in their acceptablity, their applicability, translation, and
philosophical basis, are therefore considered to be most legitimate. In contrast with
International Law, which chooses from existing laws in application to form issue-
specific precedent, Universal Law refers to the based and derived principles within
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the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which is routinely cited by
various jurisdictions worldwide. (See also natural law).

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