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Camerado, I give you my hand, I give you my love more precious than money, I give you myself before preaching or law; Will you give me yourself?
Walt Whitman

There should be a law against Lester Piggott.
Darrell McHargue

Custom, the unwritten law,
By which the people keep even kings in awe. [Circe, II]
Charles Davenant

Look out, Paddy Power, someone's just parked a tank on your lawn.
David Harding

There is no law of progress. Our future is in our own hands, to make or to mar. It will be an uphill fight to the end, and would we have it otherwise? Let no one suppose that evolution will ever exempt us from struggles. 'You forget,' said the Devil, with a chuckle, 'that I have been evolving too.'
William Ralph Inge

We will do everything in our power to make certain that this is as painless a process as possible for the benefit of the children [on divorcing Jude Law]
Sadie Frost

For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency.
Eric Ambler

From your confessor, lawyer and doctor, hide not your case on no condition. [Is this a way of saying that honesty is the best policy?]
John Harington

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
Tacitus

In the university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools
Doris Lessing

The idea of bringing all men on an equality with each other has always been a pleasant dream; the law cannot equalize men in spite of nature.
Luc De Vauvanargues

The urgent consideration of the public safety may undoubtedly authorize the violation of every positive law. How far that or any other consideration may operate to dissolve the natural obligations of humanity and justice, is a doctrine of which I still desire to remain ignorant.
Edward Gibbon

A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.
Charles Lamb

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

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

A society deadened by a smothering network of laws while finding release in moral chaos is not likely to be either happy or stable.
Robert Bork

The unfortunate thing is that I live next door to the pub they all drink in. So if I leave my light on and they know I'm in, they all descend on me. I know it's nice, but it's a bit of a bummer if you're trying to watch EastEnders. [On his London neighbours Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Jonny Lee Miller]
Sean Pertwee

It is important for me, as a popular artist, to make clear to the governments of the United States and Mexico that despite the strategy of fear and intimidation to foreigners, despite their weapons, despite their immigration laws and military reserves, they will never be able to isolate the Zapatista communities from the people in the United States.
Zack De La Rocha

The law cannot equalize men in spite of Nature.
Luc De Vauvanargues

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion (Parkinson's Law)
C Northcote Parkinson

A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
Henry L Mencken

Common sense often makes good law.
William O Douglas

Philosophy is such an impertinently litigious lady that a man has as good be engaged in law suits as have to do with her (letter to Edmund Halley)
Sir Isaac Newton

I don't think I've actually drunk a beer for 15 years, except a few Guinnesses in Dublin, where it's the law.
Ian Botham

As love knoweth no lawes, so it regardeth no conditions
John Lyly

The laws of conscience, which we pretend to be derived from nature, proceed from custom
Montaigne

I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else - I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.
Queen Elizabeth II

The political status legislation which emerged in Congress in 1990 and 1991 did not receive the support needed for enactment into law during my tenure as Attorney General.
Dick Thornburgh

Who will protect the public when the police violate the law?
Ramsey Clark

Bad laws were made to be broken.
Doctor Who

In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
Doris Lessing

Laws are applied to enemies, but only interpreted as regards friends.
Giovanni Giolitti

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
Charles Darwin

Whatever the commission wants to do to satisfy itself that everything is in conformity with the law, the Conservative party will assist it to do [on party loans]
Oliver Letwin

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.
Samuel Johnson

The way of the world is to make laws, but follow customs
Montaigne

Our belief in any particular natural law cannot have a safer basis than our unsuccessful critical attempts to refute it.
[Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge]
Karl Popper

I think it's gonna be a lot of lawyers sitting in a room trying to thrash out a deal before it will ever happen [on the Hobbit]
Peter Jackson

Laws are never as effective as habits.
Adlai E Stevenson

One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.
Charles Darwin

I believe abortion should be available to everyone, but the law should be changed. In the past I voted for a restriction to 22 weeks and I would be prepared to go down to 20.
Michael Howard

I am wonderful, with a perfect physique, very charming, rich and look like Jude Law.
Peter Stringfellow

I was advised not to do Scream because no one likes horror movies. Then I heard, 'Don't audition because you can't do this bitchy role,' and 'You're way too friendly, no pun intended.' I was also told, 'Play the girlfriend or the doctor or the lawyer - the nice ones.' Now I'm getting scripts where I'm asked to play characters that are tough as nails, and I love it.
Courtney Cox

Success comprises in itself the seeds of its own decline and sport is not spared by this law.
Baron Pierre De Coubertin

It is a law of Elis that any woman who is discovered at the Olympic Games will be pitched from this mountain.
Pausanias

For me chemistry represented an indefinite cloud of future potentialities which enveloped my life to come in black volutes torn by fiery flashes, like those which had hidden Mount Sinai. Like Moses, from that cloud I expected my law, the principle of order in me, around me, and in the world. I would watch the buds swell in spring, the mica glint in the granite, my own hands, and I would say to myself: 'I will understand this, too, I will understand everything
Primo Levi

Many laws as certainly make bad men, as bad men make many laws.
Walter Landor

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

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.
Mahatma Gandhi

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.
Sir Walter Scott



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