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As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
Henry David Thoreau

The question not many ask is: why are the laws of physics like they are?
Paul Davies

We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. It is time now to write the next chapter - and to write it in the books of law.
Lyndon Johnson

I have a problem with censorship by the lawyer - by legal people by the publishing firm, and I may be changing publishers. They don't seem to want to take too many risks with living people.
Kenneth Anger

One with the law is a majority.
Calvin Coolidge

Laws are never as effective as habits.
Adlai E Stevenson

How long soever it hath continued, if it be against reason, it is of no force in law
Sir Edward Coke

Habit is the deepest law of human nature.
Thomas Carlyle

Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines - these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm.
Henry Miller

The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us.
Thomas Huxley

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 fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.
Lyndon Johnson

When you consider what he did for United, just to be mentioned alongside Denis Law is an honour.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy

What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed?
James Madison

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

Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
Boethius

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

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

The less people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they'll sleep at night.
Otto Von Bismarck

I was not the midwife of the Law School, but its fraternal twin.
Norman Lamm

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

The double law of attraction and radiation or of sympathy and antipathy, of fixedness and movement, which is the principle of Creation, and the perpetual cause of life.
Albert Pike

There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.
Norman Mailer

My mother-in-law! If she lived in India, she’d be sacred. She’s like Boris Karloff after a busy night at the graveyard.
Bill Tarmey

My opinion changes rapidly - one minute I can think it is very good and the next time I look at it, I see all the flaws and weaknesses therein.
Charles Gounod

I want a guarantee (with physics and mathematics, not with laws) that we can give ourselves real privacy of personal communications. [no such thing can exist, John]
John Gilmore

Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature
Michael Faraday

I pledge to respect and protect the constitution and the law of my country and to carry out my duties to the best of my ability.
Heinz Fischer

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

I take a dim view of the idea that any right-minded lawyer can immediately detect which side of a legislative, regulatory or litigation issue is the public interest side and that right-minded lawyers should decline to represent anyone representing a different side.
Lloyd Norton Cutler

Corporations cannot commit treason, or be outlawed or excommunicated, for they have no souls.
Harold Coffin

Time stands with impartial law
Manilius

Nothing in life is certain except death, taxes and the second law of thermodynamics.
Seth Lloyd

Dirt is only matter out of place; and what is a blot on the escutcheon of the Common Law may be a jewel in the crown of the Social Republic
John Chipman Gray

Act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world. [The Categorical Imperative]
Imannuel Kant

Assault weapons pose a grave threat to all Americans, but most especially to law enforcement officers on our city streets.
Dianne Feinstein

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

No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will.
Euripedes

Christianity is part of the laws of England.
Sir Matthew Hale

And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.
Andrew Carnegie

We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
Ronald Reagan

It is the rule of rules, and the general law of all laws, that every person should observe those of the place where he is
Montaigne

The screening process through which law firms choose new partners is perhaps as well considered as anything this side of a papal election.
Neal Johnston

'Make America what we want it to be — a literate country and a hopefuller country.' —Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2001

'Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.'
Austin, Texas, Dec. 20, 2000

'I knew it might put him in an awkward position that we had a discussion before finality has finally happened in this presidential race.'
Describing a phone call to Sen. John Breaux. Crawford, Texas, Dec. 2, 2000

'The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law.'
Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000

'They misunderestimated me.'
Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

'They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.'
St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 2, 2000

'The only things that I can tell you is that every case I have reviewed I have been comfortable with the innocence or guilt of the person that I've looked at. I do not believe we've put a guilty... I mean innocent person to death in the state of Texas.'
-All Things Considered, NPR, June 16, 2000

BUSH: 'First of all, Cinco de Mayo is not the independence day. That's dieciseis de Septiembre, and ...'
MATTHEWS: 'What's that in English?' BUSH: 'Fifteenth of September.' (Dieciseis de Septiembre = Sept. 16) -Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000

'It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.'
-Reuters, May 5, 2000

'Will the highways on the Internet become more few?'
-Concord, N.H., Jan. 29, 2000

'This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president. You gotta preserve.'

-Speaking during 'PERSEVERENCE Month' at Fairgrounds Elementary School in Nashua, N.H. As quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Jan. 28, 2000

'What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas, quotas they basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I think vulcanize society. So I don't know how that fits into what everybody else is saying, their relative positions, but that's my position.'
-The San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2000

'Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?' -Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

'Gov. Bush will not stand for the subsidation of failure.' -ibid

'I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.'
-U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2000
George W Bush

I think that one of the most fundamental responsibilities is to give testimony in a court of law, to give it honestly and willingly.
Adlai Stevenson

Manners are stronger than laws
Thomas Carlyle

Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.
Josh Billings

Here lies that peerless peer Lord Peter,
Who broke the laws of God and man and metre.

( epitaph for Lord Robertson )
John G Lockhart

Morris read through the letter. Was it a shade too fulsome? No, that was another law of academic life: it is impossible to be excessive in flattery of one's peers.
David Lodge

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



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