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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

Custom is the law of fools.
Sir John Vanbrugh

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
Ayn Rand

Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease.
William Osler

The works of art, by being publicly exhibited and offered for sale, are becoming articles of trade, following as such the unreasoning laws of markets
Prince Albert

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

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

There is none to tell the rich to go on striving, for a rich man makes the law that hallows and hollows his own life.
Sean O'Casey

The Führer alone is the present and future German reality and its law. Learn to know ever more deeply: from now on every single thing demands decision, and every action responsibility.
Martin Heidegger

It is the tension between the scientist's laws and his own attempted breaches of them that powers the engines of science and makes it forge ahead. (Quiddities)
W V O Quine

Eventually you love people - friends or lovers - because of their flaws.
Karen Allen

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

There are many rules of thumb and laws out there of which we still have no knowledge, and as such they are in a real way hidden from us.
Umberto Giordano

I feel like the nanny trying to calm down the kids. It looks like mum and dad are splitting up and nobody likes that. I hope they get back together. They are the two people who give me stability but they are bickering away like they want a divorce and I'm not going to be their lawyer
Ian Holloway

Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.
Don DeLillo

"I'm so much more than just Angelina [Jolie's] brother. I'm also Jon Voight's son and Billy Bob Thorton's brother-in-law."
James Haven

The advantage law is the best law in rugby, because it lets you ignore all the others for the good of the game.
Derek Robinson

We really have no definition of mother in our lawbooks.
Marianne O Battani

It is not simply a theological treatise, a code of laws, a religious homily, but the Bible - the book - while the only book for the soul, the best book for the mind
Herrick Johnson

We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.
Emmeline Pankhurst

The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science, that smiles in yeer face while it picks yeer pocket: and the glorious uncertainty of it is of mair use to the professors than the justice of it.
Charles Macklin

'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

As I am a first-time blogger, perhaps I should note herein that I am a lawyer and a student of the Constitution.
John Jay Hooker

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

For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.
Albert Camus

The laws of God, the laws of man he may keep that will and can; not I: let God and man decree laws for themselves and not for me.
A E Housman

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

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

The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
Lao Tzu

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

Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe - the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.
Imannuel Kant

No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.
Theodore Roosevelt

When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied.
Tacitus

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.
Antonio Gaudi

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.
Edmund Burke

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

Law is born from despair of human nature.
Jose Ortega Y Gasset

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

One with the law is a majority.
Calvin Coolidge

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
Charles Darwin

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

My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing will begin in five minutes. - During radio microphone test.
Ronald Reagan

Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law. [alternative form of the Categorical Imperative]
Imannuel Kant

Written laws are like spider's webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful
Anarcharsis

Common sense often makes good law.
William O Douglas

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

Once victim, always victim - that's the law!
Thomas Hardy

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.
Emma Goldman

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



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