Legal Quotes

For CNBC, and for Wall Street, billion-dollar fines for violations of the law are just part of the price of doing business, along with litigation costs and ‘compliance.’

— Alex Pareene

I only think about the choices I want to make and act responsibly – not say or do stupid things, like break the law or get caught doing stupid things.

— Alia Bhatt

After leaving law school, I intentionally said that I never wanted to hold a job more than six years.

— Alphonso Jackson

Having personally watched the Voting Rights Act being signed into law that August day, I can’t begin to imagine how we could have all been so wrong in believing that more Americans would vote once they were all truly free to do so.

— Andrew Young

We must never lose sight of the fact that the law has a moral foundation, and we must never fail to ask ourselves not only what the law is, but what the law should be.

— Anthony Kennedy

The government, under my leadership, will act to implement the rule of law and to maintain the independence of the judicial system, which is one of the pillars of maintaining a democratic system.

— Ariel Sharon

As we approached our work, my colleagues and I looked to the U.S. Constitution for guidance. It states, ‘No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.’ No person, no exceptions.

— Asa Hutchinson

To suggest that immigration is the exclusive domain of the federal government, disallowing partnerships with local law enforcement, defies the will of Congress, not to mention reality. Numerous local jurisdictions have laws on the books dealing with immigration in a variety of ways.

— Asa Hutchinson

Historically, there is a presumption that the legitimate police powers of the states are not to be pre-empted by federal law unless Congress has made that purpose clear.

— Asa Hutchinson

There is no law of physics that says just because we’re connected, there has to be this schism between our physical lives and our digital lives.

— Astro Teller

So I went in front of the judge, and I had my St. Jude prayer book in my pocket and my St. Jude medal. And I’m standing there and that judge said I was found guilty, so he sentenced me to what the law prescribed: one to 14 years.

— Aaron Neville

After the war, prompted by the Cardinal Archbishop of Paris, I entered Parliament so that a priest could speak out for the poor, as canon law at that time still permitted.

— Abbe Pierre

Expedience, not justice, is the rule of contemporary American law.

— Abbie Hoffman

I have my hopes, & very distinct ones, too, of one day getting cerebral phenomena such that I can put them into mathematical equations: in short, a law or laws for the mutual actions of the molecules of the brain (equivalent to the law of gravitation for the planetary & sideral world).

— Ada Lovelace

Law is not a profession at all, but rather a business service station and repair shop.

— Adlai E. Stevenson

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 E. Stevenson

For all the tough talk about China during the presidential debates, Romney and Obama evaded any mention of China’s suspect human rights record, corruption, and rule of law. By not tackling these controversial topics, the candidates are protecting a strategic partnership with China at the expense of essential human values and beliefs.

— Ai Weiwei

Antitrust law isn’t about protecting competing businesses from each other, it’s about protecting competition itself on behalf of the public.

— Al Franken

Most Americans don’t think about antitrust law when they look at their cable bill, flip channels on TV, or worry about what their favorite website knows about them. But they should.

— Al Franken

When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler.

— Al Gore

All women, regardless of her economic status or racial background, have a right to vote, and no politician or regressive law should prevent her from doing so.

— Al Sharpton

It’s never acceptable to target civilians. It violates the Geneva Accords, it violates the international law of war and it violates all principles of morality.

— Alan Dershowitz

Well you know, all law is about injustice.

— Alan Dershowitz

It’s every lawyer’s dream to help shape the law, not just react to it.

— Alan Dershowitz

I’ve written important articles on prevention, on the concept of the preventive state, how the law is moving much more in an area of trying to prevent wrongs than trying to deal with them after they occur. That will be my academic/intellectual legacy.

— Alan Dershowitz

Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.

— Albert Camus

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

I was in college in Washington, D.C. I did three years full-time. I did all my requirements, and my senior year was really a gut year. And I said, ‘Law school will always be there.’ I was in no hurry to get right into that.

— Alec Baldwin

Behold the child, by Nature’s kindly law pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.

— Alexander Pope

I feel the presence of a higher power. I believe that what you give is what you get. It’s universal law. I believe in the power of prayer and of words. I’ve learned that when you predict that negative things will happen, they do.

— Alicia Keys

The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.

— Alvin Toffler

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

— Anatole France

The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

— Anatole France

The safety of the republic being the supreme law, and Texas having offered us the key to the safety of our country from all foreign intrigues and diplomacy, I say accept the key… and bolt the door at once.

— Andrew Jackson

We have to ensure politically that what’s doable can indeed by translated into law, but what’s not doable mustn’t become European law. Otherwise, the auto industry will work somewhere with higher carbon emissions – and we can’t want that.

— Angela Merkel

As a 7-year-old child, I saw the Wall being erected. No one – although it was a stark violation of international law – believed at the time that one ought to intervene militarily in order to protect citizens of the GDR and whole Eastern bloc, of the consequences of that – namely, to live in lack of freedom for many, many years.

— Angela Merkel

If a law commands me to sin I will break it if it calls me to suffer, I will let it take its course unresistingly.

— Angelina Grimke

The Roman Catholic Church, had it captured me, as it nearly did, would have sent me on some mission of danger and sacrifice and utilised me as a martyr the Church established by law transformed me into an unbeliever and an antagonist.

— Annie Besant

I do accept that, with – with respect to those vague terms in the Constitution such as equal protection of the laws, due process of law, cruel and unusual punishments. I fully accept that those things have to apply to new phenomena that didn’t exist at the time.

— Antonin Scalia

By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency, the majority arms well every challenger to a state law restricting marriage to its traditional definition.

— Antonin Scalia

And what I would say now is, yes, if a state enacted a law permitting flogging, it is immensely stupid, but it is not unconstitutional. A lot of stuff that’s stupid is not unconstitutional.

— Antonin Scalia

I remember in ‘Law of Desire,’ where I played a homosexual, that people were more upset that I kissed a man on the mouth than I killed a man. It’s interesting to see how people can pardon you for murdering a man, but they can’t pardon you for kissing one.

— Antonio Banderas

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

Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

As long as there is no law in Burma, any individual here can be arrested at any time.

— Aung San Suu Kyi

With the right kind of institutions, starting with the rule of law, Burma could progress very quickly.

— Aung San Suu Kyi

Rights are not a matter of numbers – and there can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob.

— Ayn Rand

However saying that I totally support the concept of civil partnerships in the eyes of the law, and think it a disgrace that same sex couples have had to wait so long for legal rights, protection and recognition.

— Adam Rickitt

There’s no law of physics that says we have to be an unsustainable society – in fact, quite the opposite. The planet’s ready to work with us if we’re ready to think differently, but we do have to make that jump and start to do things in new ways.

— Alex Steffen

The American system of civilian control of the military recognizes that soldiers’ attention must be fixed on winning battles and staying alive, and that the fog of war can sometimes obscure the rule of law.

— Andrew Rosenthal

I have a fascination for extra-judicial societies and underground cultures, and in situations where justice can only be found outside the law, and how these societies have evolved over the centuries.

— Ann Nocenti

Pictures get manipulated, pictures get dropped into accounts. We’ve asked an internet security firm and a law firm to take a hard look at this to come up with a conclusion about what happened and to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

— Anthony Weiner

Let me be clear – no one is above the law. Not a politician, not a priest, not a criminal, not a police officer. We are all accountable for our actions.

— Antonio Villaraigosa

If your theory is found to be against the second law of theromodynamics, I give you no hope there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.

— Arthur Eddington

I went to a public high school with a magnet program for law and psychology. But right before my junior year, I decided that I wanted to leave and become an actress, so I graduated early and moved out to L.A.

— Ashley Greene

I started walking at night with my sister in law which has been amazing. It really does something for you. It just kind of clears the mind, it just makes you feel better, things start to tighten a little bit.

— Ashley Scott

Israel made peace with Egypt, the largest Arab State. There are militant Islamists there, but there is also law. There are agreements and also defense arrangements there.

— Ayman Odeh

Where there is law, and where there is government, there is security.

— Ayman Odeh

The scale of time for a politician runs between one primary and the next, and in Israel, this means two to three years because elections almost never take place once every four years as stipulated by law. The timetable for a system of research is completely different.

— Aaron Ciechanover

So we want an Islamic state where Islamic law is not just in the books but enforced, and enforced with determination. There is no space and no room for democratic consultation. The Shariah is set and fixed, so why do we need to discuss it anymore? Just implement it!

— Abu Bakar Bashir

My work at the United Nations discomforted some members of the U.S. government, which exercises its power beyond collective understandings and international law.

— Adolfo Aguilar Zinser

When I was a girl, the West was still young, and the law of force, of physical force, was dominant.

— Agnes Smedley

The first meeting-houses were often built in the valleys, in the meadow lands for the dwelling-houses must be clustered around them, since the colonists were ordered by law to build their new homes within half a mile of the meeting-house.

— Alice Morse Earle

One of my contemporaries, a colorless chap who worked much harder at his law studies, is now Prime Minister.

— Alex Cox

Especially with sports cars, when you have got so many cars on the track with various degrees of competitiveness, then something will happen. It’s the nature of racing, the law of averages. If you want to be a front-runner then you are going to have to push very hard, and collisions can happen.

— Allan McNish

This is a career about images. It’s celluloid they last for ever. I’m a black woman from America. My people were slaves in America, and even though we’re free on paper and in law, I’m not going to allow you to enslave me on film, in celluloid, for all to see.

— Angela Bassett

With all the movies I’ve done, I still get recognized from my episode of ‘Law & Order’ more than anything else. It never fails.

— Anthony Mackie

In France we have a law which doesn’t allow the press to publish a photo that you didn’t approve. It lets the paparazzi take the picture, but if they publish this picture, you have the choice to sue the newspaper. So me, I always sued them.

— Audrey Tautou

A corollary is that, when laws are out of touch with the people, those laws can and should be changed – from the most simple local regulations to the highest law of the land, our federal Constitution.

— Adrian Cronauer

Looking so cool, his greed is hard to conceal, he’s fresh out of law school, you gave him a license to steal.

— Al Stewart

Before we condemn the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman, we should remember that they were asked to do something extraordinary. They were asked to listen to the facts and apply the law to the best of their ability in a case the world was watching.

— Alafair Burke

In our system, we leave questions of fact to a jury. But to render a verdict, a jury must know the law. For this, we rely upon jury instructions. Instructions are supposed to translate the law into lay terms that the jury can apply to the facts as they determine them.

— Alafair Burke

Just as I know the usual rules of law enforcement, I also know the exceptions and invoke those frequently. I don’t feel a need to bog the reader down with an explanation of why the procedures are realistic, as long as I know that there is, in fact, an explanation.

— Alafair Burke

If you are a gay couple living in Alabama, you know one thing: your family has no standing under the law and it can and will be violated by strangers.

— Andrew Sullivan

Global markets must be balanced by global values such as respect for human rights and international law, democracy, security and sustainable economic and environmental development.

— Anna Lindh

The First Law of Journalism: to confirm existing prejudice, rather than contradict it.

— Alexander Cockburn

Terrorism can never be accepted. We must fight it together, with methods that do not compromise our respect for the rule of law and human rights, or are used as an excuse for others to do so.

— Anna Lindh

The conflict in the Middle East needs to be solved for the same reasons. It is necessary to reach a two-states solution, built on international law, for sustainable peace and development, and it can only be achieved through joint efforts by the international community.

— Anna Lindh

With one terrible exception, the Civil War, law and the Constitution have kept America whole and free.

— Anthony Lewis

I had no idea ‘L.A. Law’ would be so mega. I knew it was a big show, but I was just one actress in a group of many good, award-winning actresses.

— Amanda Donohoe

Individual and national rights to wealth rest on the basis of civil and international law, or at least of custom that has the force of law.

— Alfred Marshall

In the early centuries of Islam, the great schools of Islamic jurisprudence were built upon the above principles. Basic to all their legal systems they developed the doctrine that liberty is the fundamental basis of law.

— Aly Khan

I just hated the law. I wasn’t cut out for it. I couldn’t imagine spending my life doing that, so I quit before I began.

— Andrew Pyper

When I used to teach civil procedure as a law professor, I would begin the year by telling my students that ‘civil procedure is the etiquette of ritualized battle.’ The phrase, which did not originate with me, captured the point that peaceful, developed societies resolve disputes by law rather than by force.

— Anne-Marie Slaughter

Let Justice, blind and halt and maimed, chastise the rebel spirit surging in my veins, let the Law deal me penalties and pains And make me hideous in my neighbours’ eyes.

— Ada Cambridge

But, I know enough people in that court, through the years, to know one thing: There’s always somebody who surprises you, who rises above what they thought they appointed him for, and stays with the separation of powers, and with the right of the law to decide.

— Arthur Hertzberg

The painter, sculptor, writer, and musician are protected by law. So are inventors. But the chef has absolutely no redress for plagiarism on his work on the contrary, the more the latter is liked and appreciated, the more will people clamour for his recipes.

— Auguste Escoffier

Hitler’s dictatorship rested on the constitutional foundation of a single law, the Enabling Law.

— Alan Bullock

If we are to fulfill the promise of this great Nation that everybody in our society has equal access to the law, obviously having the resources to have access to the law is extremely important.

— Alan Mollohan

I retire to make way for an abler man. In my four years as attorney general I have aged about ten years, but when I have get back to the practice of law, I hope to show those lawyers that I still have some vitality left.

— Alexander Henry

The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to the finger of Adam, whether it takes ultimate shape in a law of physics or a law of the land, a poem or a policy, a sonata or a mechanical computer.

— Alfred Whitney Griswold

Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, for according to the law, and by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I am come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that, whereof I am accused and condemned to die.

— Anne Boleyn

Either the law exists, or it does not.

— Andre Norton

Through the centuries, men of law have been persistently concerned with the resolution of disputes in ways that enable society to achieve its goals with a minimum of force and maximum of reason.

— Archibald Cox

Self-preservation, nature’s first great law, all the creatures, except man, doth awe.

— Andrew Marvell

I promise, before God and my community, to seek reforms so that the powerful and corrupt are no longer above the law.

— Andrew Thomas

I have decided not to appeal the ruling that took my law license. My accusers, the Board of Supervisors, once again have fired my lawyers, ensuring I cannot properly defend myself or my anti-corruption efforts.

— Andrew Thomas

So long as you do not achieve social liberty, whatever freedom is provided by the law is of no avail to you.

— B. R. Ambedkar

Law and order are the medicine of the body politic and when the body politic gets sick, medicine must be administered.

— B. R. Ambedkar

Any use of chemical weapons, by anyone, under any circumstances, is a grave violation of the 1925 Protocol and other relevant rules of customary international law.

— Ban Ki-moon

Businesses succeed when societies themselves succeed. When countries are affected by violence and the absence of the rule of law, business can and must be a messenger of peace.

— Ban Ki-moon

We need to recognize that the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges that we still face as a nation. The fact is, in too many parts of this country, a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color. Some of this is the result of the legacy of racial discrimination in this country.

— Barack Obama

Let us remember we are all part of one American family. We are united in common values, and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for public order, and the right of peaceful protest.

— Barack Obama

After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land.

— Barack Obama

Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law.

— Barack Obama

We need an unambiguous rule – a law – that nobody will step between the publisher and the consumer, full stop.

— Barry Diller

At Cheney’s initiative, the United States stripped terror suspects of long-established rights under domestic and international law, building a new legal edifice under exclusive White House ownership.

— Barton Gellman

Companies that receive government information demands have to obey the law, but they often have room for maneuver. They scarcely ever use it.

— Barton Gellman

Surely, I must at all times attempt to obey the law of the state. But when the will of God and the will of the state conflict, I am compelled to follow the will of God.

— Bayard Rustin

In the aftermath of President Obama’s re-election, members of both the administration and the media trumpeted that Obama had received his long-sought mandate. Obamacare, Americans were told, was the law of the land. It could not be changed it could not be stopped.

— Ben Shapiro

In many cases, Obama’s exercise of authoritarian power is criminal. His executive branch is responsible for violations of the Arms Export Control Act in shipping weapons to Syria, the Espionage Act in Libya, and IRS law with regard to the targeting of conservative groups.

— Ben Shapiro

We are not supposed to be all equal. Let’s just forget that. We are supposed to have equal rights under law. If we do that, we have done enough.

— Ben Stein

The people who did the collateralized mortgage obligations, sold them to pension funds, then sold them short, then bought credit default swap insurance on them, are just amazing. They are a law unto themselves.

— Ben Stein

Military dictatorship is born from the power of the gun, and so it undermines the concept of the rule of law and gives birth to a culture of might, a culture of weapons, violence and intolerance.

— Benazir Bhutto

Racial profiling punishes innocent individuals for the past actions of those who look and sound like them. It misdirects crucial resources and undercuts the trust needed between law enforcement and the communities they serve. It has no place in our national discourse, and no place in our nation’s police departments.

— Benjamin Todd Jealous

The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don’t understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.

— Bertolt Brecht

The truth of Moore’s law has made remarkable things possible. On the software side, I think natural user interfaces in all their forms are equally significant.

— Bill Gates

I submit that President Obama and all the democrat politicians that voted for Obamacare never even read the proposed law. Nancy Pelosi admitted it. So, now, when chaos reigns, they act surprised that things aren’t working.

— Bill O’Reilly

I am well aware that there are prisoners of conscience in the Soviet Union, including some who have said they have chosen to resist the law because of religious reasons.

— Billy Graham

The thing that alarms me is that there are so many clergymen who say that the so-called ‘new morality’ is all right. They say we’re living in a new generation let’s be relevant, let’s change God’s law. Let’s say that adultery is all right under certain circumstances fornication’s all right under certain circumstances. If it’s ‘meaningful.’

— Billy Graham

Law, without force, is impotent.

— Blaise Pascal

To live outside the law, you must be honest.

— Bob Dylan

Present law has a process to ascertain whether or not a patient is in a persistent vegetative state, and it should not matter what politicians think.

— Bobby Scott

I just find it absolutely bizarre that we are being lectured by the Americans about giving up our sovereignty and giving up control when the Americans won’t even sign up to the international convention on the law of the seas, let alone the International Criminal Court.

— Boris Johnson

I want to live perfectly above the law, and make it my servant instead of my master.

— Brigham Young

Romania will not be able to evolve if it continues to take cruel decisions against sensitive creatures, which are under the protection of European law.

— Brigitte Bardot

When community action was put into federal law in the early sixties as part of the effort to combat poverty and social injustice, I supported it intellectually.

— Barney Frank

I literally order sushi, watch ‘Law & Order,’ and go to sleep at 9 o’clock every night. I’m a grandmother.

— Bella Hadid

There’s only one law you gotta follow to keep outta trouble. Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doin’ it.

— Ben Hecht

Both President Obama and I shared the conviction that territorial and maritime disputes in the Asia Pacific region should be settled peacefully based on international law. We affirm that arbitration is an open, friendly and peaceful approach to seeking a just and durable solution.

— Benigno Aquino III

We all have the same problem as human beings. And it’s something that we are born with, and we just see it manifest in different ways. And in this situation, it’s racial. It’s brutality. It’s people breaking the law. It’s the smoke, but the underlying fire is something that we all have to deal with, and that’s our sin.

— Benjamin Watson

I have been pulled over, and I have actually worried, ‘Is something going to happen to me even though I am a law abiding citizen?’ That is a real fear and is something that we have to come to grips with.

— Benjamin Watson

In Nicaragua, liberty, equality and the rule of law were the stuff of dreams. But in Paris I discovered the value of those words.

— Bianca Jagger

When a law enforcement officer apprehends an illegal immigrant, it makes no sense to simply release that individual who has been breaking our laws with no threat of sanction or penalty.

— Bobby Jindal

I think one of the brilliant parts of our democracy is how resilient it is. We are each allowed to have our own beliefs and, as long as we follow the rule of law, we can express them however we’d like. This is a unique characteristic of the best democracies and one I value tremendously.

— Brad Feld

I’m not deeply involved in politics, but about 25% of the people I interact with in politics went to law school.

— Brad Feld

We have an incredible warrior class in this country – people in law enforcement, intelligence – and I thank God every night we have them standing fast to protect us from the tremendous amount of evil that exists in the world.

— Brad Thor

Every two years, to keep Moore’s Law happening, you have to invent… That’s where I grew up.

— Brian Krzanich

I am still doing my due diligence. A vote on a Supreme Court nominee is a lifetime appointment and when the court decides, it is the law of the land.

— Bob Menendez

I am fine playing ‘Law & Order’ and even the ‘Jurassic’ movies to be straight up, as far as the characters being portrayed there, but I never want to stay in straight-up land too long. I always wanted to do something where the character’s world gets to be explored.

— B. D. Wong

There was no welfare state, and people had to rely mainly on the Poor Law – that was all the state provided. It was very degrading, very humiliating. And there was a means test for receiving poor relief.

— Barbara Castle

In the statement accompanying the text of Lahore Conspiracy Case Ordinance, the Viceroy had stated that the accused in this case were trying to bring both law and justice into contempt. The situation afforded us an opportunity to show to the public whether we were trying to bring law into contempt or whether others were doing so.

— Bhagat Singh

There is a real and evident problem of democracy in Georgia, and this was the core reason of my entrance into politics. We have no rule of law. It’s absolutely absent.

— Bidzina Ivanishvili

If a man carries his horse out of a slave State into a free one, be does not lose his property interest in him but if he carries his slave into a free State, the law makes him free.

— Benjamin F. Wade

Other composers have taken this particular technique much further than I in the meantime, with the result that the Law of Diminishing Returns has begun to apply.

— Brian Ferneyhough

We believe the Senate language provides for federal subsidies for abortions. Plus there’s a language in there where you have to pay one dollar per month, every enrollee, to pay for a fund for reproductive rights which include abortion. And that’s totally against federal law. So we are saying take that out.

— Bart Stupak

All I’m asking for is the law that’s been on the books for the last 33 years, no public funding for abortion. We are both saying the same thing, pro-life, pro-choice. Let’s find the language that works for both of us so we can pass health care.

— Bart Stupak

Our constitution should be inspired by the philosophy of the Koran with principles that are set in stone and not open to the whims of individual judges, as is the case now. In particular, the constitution should protect every citizen’s basic human rights regardless of their sex, status or sect. Everyone should be equal before the law.

— Basmah bint Saud

The Constitution overrides a statute, but a statute, if consistent with the Constitution, overrides the law of judges. In this sense, judge-made law is secondary and subordinate to the law that is made by legislators.

— Benjamin N. Cardozo

The rules and principles of case law have never been treated as final truths but as working hypotheses, continually retested in those great laboratories of the law, the courts of justice. Every new case is an experiment, and if the accepted rule which seems applicable yields a result which is felt to be unjust, the rule is reconsidered.

— Benjamin N. Cardozo

In law, as in every other branch of knowledge, the truths given by induction tend to form the premises for new deductions. The lawyers and the judges of successive generations do not repeat for themselves the process of verification any more than most of us repeat the demonstrations of the truths of astronomy or physics.

— Benjamin N. Cardozo

Lawsuits are rare and catastrophic experiences for the vast majority of men, and even when the catastrophe ensues, the controversy relates most often not to the law, but to the facts. In countless litigations, the law Is so clear that judges have no discretion.

— Benjamin N. Cardozo

The deal we made was that if we would change our law to invite them to come to South Dakota – that’s what they wanted, the invitation – if we would change our law to invite them to come to South Dakota, he would guarantee South Dakota 400 Citibank jobs.

— Bill Janklow

There’s no question that any of us who are doing an honest job in government could do a lot better in private industry. During the years I was practicing law as an individual, my salary was a great deal more than it is now.

— Bill Scott

My job is to interpret the law based on how the legislature and the court has done it and then, of course, to use our system of justice to develop some new legal tools and new concepts.

— Bill Scott

I believe that presidents up through and including George Bush have known that Americans were left alive and in violation of law, these high officials and certain of their appointed subordinates have continued and perpetrated a cover up of this reality.

— Bo Gritz

Congress has a legitimate interest in making sure that a practice that appears to reduce disease and healthcare costs remains available to parents. And, nothing in my bill prohibits statewide law ensuring that male circumcision occurs in a hygienic manner.

— Brad Sherman

By law, super PACs are required to disclose their donors. There are groups that have never had to disclose their donors, non-profits such as the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, and the NRA. If you want more disclosure, super PACs are a step forward.

— Bradley A. Smith

If nations could only depend upon fair and impartial judgments in a world court of law, they would abandon the senseless, savage practice of war.

— Belva Lockwood

I do not believe in sex distinction in literature, law, politics, or trade – or that modesty and virtue are more becoming to women than to men, but wish we had more of it everywhere.

— Belva Lockwood

The smartest thing I did in law school: asking my future wife to go out dancing with me. The smartest thing I did when practicing law: quitting. The smartest thing I’ve done in writing: following my own head and writing what I wanted to write, and nothing but.

— Ben Fountain

Law never is, but is always about to be.

— Benjamin Cardozo

No government can be strong and flourishing while the national character is weak and degraded. A government must flourish and decay with its subjects and, when a prince makes a law or performs an action which has a tendency to injure the character or prosperity of the nation, he injures himself.

— Benjamin Robbins Curtis

What I really like about law is that it’s not an endless discourse like history or philosophy. In law, there comes a point where problems have to be solved, and cases decided.

— Bernhard Schlink

For better or worse, the people who become leaders and decision makers in politics, law and business are going to come from schools like Princeton.

— Brian Kernighan

Working-class Americans have waited too long, close to a decade in fact, for an increase in the minimum wage. This has been the second longest period without a pay raise since the Federal minimum wage law was first enacted in 1938.

— Bill Pascrell

People who want to express themselves need to be given an opportunity. For me, it’s a very fundamental premise: you break the law, you’re going to jail. Absent that, you’re entitled to say whatever you want to say within reason.

— Bob Buckhorn

Look, I think by the time my case was over and other ones, everybody on both sides of the aisle in Congress said we can’t run a government by this kind of process and they repealed the law and that’s good.

— Bruce Babbitt

Every year there’s five cop shows, five medical shows and five ‘Law & Orders,’ but when it’s a show about women, they want to pit everyone against each other. I don’t think they’d do that if it was a guy show. I think there’s room for all of us.

— Bonnie Somerville

I am not afraid of being sued by white businessmen. In fact, I should welcome such a law suit.

— Carter G. Woodson

The economic analysis of law has had many good ideas. It’s had one great idea -like, world-transforming idea, I think. And the idea is, when you’re stuck, minimize the sum of the costs of decisions and the costs of errors.

— Cass Sunstein

We ought to ban hunting, I suggest, if there isn’t a purpose other than sport and fun. That should be against the law. It’s time now.

— Cass Sunstein

The U.S. is blessed with tremendously creative and imaginative law students at places like Chicago, Harvard, Columbia and Yale.

— Cass Sunstein

This part of the 21st century is preoccupied with risk, and there’s a lot that law can do to make lives longer and healthier.

— Cass Sunstein

Salman Rushdie, indeed any writer who abuses the prophet or indeed any prophet under Islamic law, the sentence for that is actually death.

— Cat Stevens

There is no law for farm labor organizing, save the law of the jungle.

— Cesar Chavez

In order that punishment should not be an act of violence perpetrated by one or many upon a private citizen, it is essential that it should be public, speedy, necessary, the minimum possible in the given circumstances, proportionate to the crime, and determined by the law.

— Cesare Beccaria

For every criminal case, the judge must construct a perfect syllogism: the major premise must be the general law the minor premise, whether or not the action in question is in compliance with the law and the conclusion, acquittal or punishment.

— Cesare Beccaria

Nothing could be more dangerous than following the popular maxim whereby it is the spirit of the law that must be consulted. This is an embankment that, once broken, gives way to a torrent of opinions.

— Cesare Beccaria

When you have a group of engineers and designers, they are not exactly the best to deal with copyright law.

— Chad Hurley

In England, the profession of the law is that which seems to hold out the strongest attraction to talent, from the circumstance, that in it ability, coupled with exertion, even though unaided by patronage, cannot fail of obtaining reward.

— Charles Babbage

As a high school dropout, I understand the value of education: A second chance at obtaining my high school diploma through the G.I. Bill led me to attend college and law school and allowed me the opportunity to serve in Congress.

— Charles B. Rangel

Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.

— Charles Caleb Colton

The way to defeat international terrorism is through international cooperation based on international law, clear intelligence, and a measured and appropriate military response.

— Charles Kennedy

Soon after the 1997 election, I argued that there was no inverse law of political gravity which said that everything which went down had to come back up.

— Charles Kennedy

The roaring thunder of the law and the fear of the terror of judgment are both used to bring us to Christ, but the final victory culminating in our salvation is won through God’s loving-kindness.

— Charles Spurgeon

Living animals are too eccentric in their movements, and the law of gravitation usually draws me from my seat upon them to a lower level therefore, I am not an inveterate lover of horseback.

— Charles Spurgeon

Democracy is liberty – a liberty which does not infringe on the liberty nor encroach on the rights of others a liberty which maintains strict discipline, and makes law its guarantee and the basis of its exercise. This alone is true liberty this alone can produce true democracy.

— Chiang Kai-shek

I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.

— Chief Joseph

Dude, I didn’t say Jude Law can’t act. I didn’t say Jude Law was in bad movies. I just said he’s in every movie.

— Chris Rock

I still make sure to go, at least once every year, to a country where things cannot be taken for granted, and where there is either too much law and order or too little.

— Christopher Hitchens

Most large companies structure their affairs so that they minimize their tax payments. As long as you do it within the law, it’s OK.

— Chuck Feeney

In terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people that’s called marriage, and allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country.

— Colin Powell

Some governments choose to cooperate with the United States in intelligence, law enforcement, or military matters. The co-operation is a two-way street. We share intelligence that has helped protect European countries from attack, helping save European lives.

— Condoleezza Rice

I still have a 15ยข sticker on the frame of my law degree. It’s tainted, so I just leave it in the basement.

— Clarence Thomas

Some people wish above all to conform to the rules, I wish only to render what I can hear. There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law.

— Claude Debussy

Columbia Law School men were being drafted, and suddenly women who had done well in college were considered acceptable candidates for the vacant seats.

— Constance Baker Motley

There was a small point in my life in law school, right before I moved to Newark, when I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I felt so lost.

— Cory Booker

Equal protection under the law – for race, religion, gender or sexual orientation – should not be subject to the most popular sentiments of the day.

— Cory Booker

The Law of Triviality… briefly stated, it means that the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.

— C. Northcote Parkinson

Vaults and caskets are not the law they are the policy of individual cemeteries. Vaults prevent the settling of the dirt around the body, thus making landscaping more uniform and cost effective. As an added bonus, vaults can be customized and sold at a markup. Faux marble? Bronze? Take your pick, family.

— Caitlin Doughty

Thus the Convention is unequivocal in its call for children to be consulted, to have their opinions heard and to have their best interests considered when law and policies are being drafted.

— Carol Bellamy

The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing.

— Caroline Kennedy

Since I was a young girl, I always wanted to pursue law studies. I would have never imagined that my career would have taken a complete different route.

— Chiara Ferragni

Unity is the most important thing on the road to stamping out terror. You need global rules of law and order, and they have to be enforced. Start with that principle.

— Chris Matthews

On the television planet, where men make up the tribe, the law of the caveman rules. So, for a woman coming from another world, without experience or cunning, to succeed gradually in gaining control over what is to be taped, what goes out over the air, what is said without censorship, is an epic feat.

— Cristina Saralegui

Many civil rights came about, not when they were passed into law, but because the federal government did what it should and saw them enforced.

— Claire McCaskill

Clearly, a large number of African-Americans don’t have faith that the laws are being executed fairly in Ferguson, and that’s a problem… We need to ensure Africans-Americans feel confident in the rule of law.

— Claire McCaskill

As for futuristic costumes, I loved doing ‘Gattaca’ because I’m a minimalist at heart, and it’s a very minimal film. Plus, with Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke and Jude Law, how could you go wrong?

— Colleen Atwood

I respect people who feel things passionately. I do. But when someone is a judge, that is not what they should bring to the bench. It is not really passion, except in rare instances, that serves the bench well. It is, rather, an ability to understand the law and follow it.

— Chuck Schumer

Ideological warriors whether from the Left or the Right are bad news for the bench. They tend to make law, not interpret law. And that’s not what any of us should want from our judges.

— Chuck Schumer

You have undertaken to cheat me. I won’t sue you, for the law is too slow. I’ll ruin you.

— Cornelius Vanderbilt

The functions of the president are prescribed by the Constitution, but his real achievements are not set by the letter of the law. They are determined rather by his personality, the weight of his influence, his capacity for managing men, and the strength and effectiveness of the party forces behind him.

— Charles A. Beard

Dissents are appeals to the brooding spirit of the law, to the intelligence of another day.

— Charles Evans Hughes

When we deal with questions relating to principles of law and their applications, we do not suddenly rise into a stratosphere of icy certainty.

— Charles Evans Hughes

By my third year of Law and Order, I was climbing the walls. But you don’t leave a hit show, especially when you have a five-year contract.

— Chris Noth

Law and Order’ is completely story-driven and completely characterless, really. If you do that format for five years and you’re an actor, you’re bound to get bored. It wears on you. And it was really wearing on me.

— Chris Noth

The Reformers, therefore, as instruments in the hands of God, in delivering the Church from bondage to prelates, did not make it a tumultuous multitude, in which every man was a law to himself, free to believe, and free to do what he pleased.

— Charles Hodge

There is a barbarism in the American soul, and we must protect some of it by law. To root it out is to endanger our lives on the one hand, and our liberty on the other.

— Charlie Pierce

In America, we have long stood by the principle that the protections of the law are not meant just for some.

— Carolyn Maloney

We cannot ensure that women will be free of discrimination in the workplace and everywhere as long as women are not universally defended under our Constitution. As it stands now, the equal rights of women are subject to interpretation of law. That is a risk our mothers, sisters and daughters cannot afford.

— Carolyn Maloney

I think ‘Magneto’ is definitely an anti-hero. He’s fighting for the right thing, but his methods are far too extreme. He’s not above breaking the law, stretching the limits of what is moral and putting evil to work for good.

— Cullen Bunn

I certainly would not vote against a particular judge already in office because of a decision in a case. You may not agree with a judge’s decision, but the judge must act within the law.

— Charles T. Canady

The law seemed to be always what I came back to. I have never, one day in my life as a lawyer, regretted my decision to become a lawyer.

— Charles T. Canady

My approach to deciding cases is I look at the law, I look at the facts, and I do my best to apply the law to the facts and make a decision based on the law and the facts.

— Charles T. Canady

For those of you who pray, I ask that you pray that I will always judge with wisdom and integrity as a faithful servant of the law.

— Charles T. Canady

My job is to follow the law, not to make up the law that has been promulgated by the people or the people’s representatives.

— Charles T. Canady

I have had to make a decision I may not agree with, but I am required to follow the letter of the law. It is not my job to think what is best… My responsibility is to decide what the law says and to decide to the law.

— Charles T. Canady

The position the Government finds itself in is not one of constructing a law, but of carrying out a decision given by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

— Charles Tupper

If you love the rule of law, you must love it in all of its applications. You cannot only love it when it provides the verdict you seek you must love it when the verdict goes against you as well.

— Cheryl Mills

I will always love the law no matter what, I’ll always find ways to participate in the law.

— Cheryl Mills

I just finished an episode of a new show called ‘Century City.’ It’s like ‘Law & Order’ set in the future, and I have a very dramatic role in that. I have to sob and weep and wail. It was very hard. When it was done, I was like, ‘OK, time to watch ‘SpongeBob!’

— Cayden Boyd

If we’re talking about someone creating something new, those rights are fairly well defined (in the United States, at least) under existing copyright law. But then there’s often discussion about the rights of people who produce works under work-for-hire arrangements, which can be far more subtle and nuanced.

— Chris Roberson

I chose to go to law school because I thought that someday, somehow I’d make a difference.

— Christopher Darden

I mean that the time where we need International agreement more than ever on the environment and the rest, poverty we are breaking up our International Institutions and the rule of law and Tony Blair is part of it.

— Clare Short

First I went to the Sorbonne to do my licence en lettres, but I also started to study law.

— Claude Chabrol

But in my district I have heard from law enforcement officials and across the State of Florida about how much this JAG funding helps them fight crime, and to protect and serve the citizens within their jurisdiction.

— Cliff Stearns

The law of right-left symmetry was used in classical physics but was not of any great practical importance there. One reason for this derives from the fact that right-left symmetry is a discrete symmetry, unlike rotational symmetry, which is continuous.

— Chen-Ning Yang

What this denomination stands for is, really, is the universal vision of all people being treated fairly under the law as God sees us in His sight.

— Clementa C. Pinckney

And, Mr. Speaker, if the Governor and Council don’t see fit to fall in with us, I say let the general duty law, and all, go to the devil, sir, and go about our business.

— Christopher Gadsden

There is also a perfection of degrees, by which a person performs all the commands of God, with the full exertion of all his powers, without the least defect. This is what the law of God requires, but what the saints cannot attain to in this life.

— Charles Buck

Custom, that unwritten law, By which the people keep even kings in awe.

— Charles Davenport

I shall support the law, for the law gentlemen, is the firm and solid basis of civil society, the guardian of liberty, the protection of the innocent, the terror of the guilty, and the scourge of the wicked.

— Charles Lawrence

If Moses had gone to Harvard Law School and spent three years working on the Hill, he would have written the Ten Commandments with three exceptions and a saving clause.

— Charles Morgan

Covering the civil-rights movement was a mind- and eye-opener for me. Houston was a segregated society, as was Texas as a whole – some of it by law, a lot of it by fear and tradition. But there was no violence where I lived, and if there was hate, it was either concealed from me or I just didn’t recognize it.

— Dan Rather

Our homeland is the whole world. Our law is liberty. We have but one thought, revolution in our hearts.

— Dario Fo

The breaking wave and the muscle as it contracts obey the same law. Delicate line gathers the body’s total strength in a bold balance. Shall my soul meet so severe a curve, journeying on its way to form?

— Dag Hammarskjold

I was born and raised in Zambia in 1969. At the time of my birth, blacks were not issued birth certificates, and that law only changed in 1973.

— Dambisa Moyo

Often as we teach and testify about the law of tithing, we emphasize the immediate, dramatic and readily recognizable temporal blessings that we receive. And surely such blessings do occur. Yet some of the diverse blessings we obtain as we are obedient to this commandment are significant but subtle.

— David A. Bednar

I think that Eric Holder has an animosity, a genuine hostility, toward local law enforcement – specifically toward white police officers. He truly believes that every white police officer is a stone-cold racist.

— David A. Clarke, Jr.

I cannot emphasize just how dangerous it is cycling in the city. Especially now. Even though it is against the law to do this, you’ll see people texting while they drive.

— Dan Hill

Ninety percent of all music is always crap, and when too many people decide they’re going to have guitar bands, then ninety percent of them are going to be crap. It’s just a given law.

— David Byrne

You will feel the full force of the law and if you are old enough to commit these crimes you are old enough to face the punishments. And to these people I would say this: you are not only wrecking the lives of others, you are potentially wrecking your own life too.

— David Cameron

The government, for example, has determined that black people (somehow) have fewer abilities than white people, and, so, must be given certain preferences. Anyone acquainted with both black and white people knows this assessment is not only absurd but monstrous. And yet it is the law.

— David Mamet

A traditional rabbi is the man to whom the community and its members turn to rule on what Jewish law requires of them, particularly in cases of doubt.

— David Novak

The closest thing to a law of nature in business is that form has an affinity for expense, while substance has an affinity for income.

— Dee Hock

I was student council president in high school, and even in law school, I was vice-president of the student bar association.

— Demetri Martin

I think the key that happened on 9/11 is we went from considering terrorist attacks as a law enforcement problem to considering terrorist attacks, especially on the scale we have on 9/11, as being an act of war.

— Dick Cheney

The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law.

— Denis Diderot

The Orlando terrorist is an example of someone who was in the sights of law enforcement but never crossed the threshold from pre-criminal to criminal behavior and, thus, was not tracked adequately before this horrific act.

— David Petraeus

The American People will come first once again. My plan will begin with safety at home – which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders, and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order.

— Donald Trump

The law is only our best approximation of justice, and the law needs constant revision.

— Donna Brazile

When I was growing up, our nation was partitioned: Blacks were segregated by law in the South and largely by custom in the North, though it, too, had segregation laws. Our best universities had quota systems. Many white communities had real estate covenants to keep nonwhites out.

— Donna Brazile

In our administration, we’re going to follow the law, and any policy that we move forward will fall well within the law and the Arizona Constitution.

— Doug Ducey

I think one of the things about being a good coach is to recognise when you have given all that you can. In fact there should be some sort of unspoken law that says that a coach cannot have anyone for three or four years – if you have not passed on most of the stuff you know in that time, then you are not doing a good job.

— Daley Thompson

Write what you think is good, is the whole of the law.

— Darin Strauss

At a time when our moral standing in the world has been weakened by a rubber stamp Justice Department that placed the Bush Administration above the law, we now need someone who is objective and independent. And, make no mistake, Eric Holder is independent.

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The city – as the theater of experience, the refuge, the hiding place – has, in turn, been replaced by an abstraction, the fast lane. In the fast lane, the passive observer reduces everything – streets, people, rock lyrics, headlines – to landscape. Every night holds magical promises of renewal. But burnout is inevitable, like some law of physics.

— Darryl Pinckney

I contribute to public candidate campaigns, and there’s a federal limit on how much you can contribute to each individual candidate. I obey the law in that regard, and I feel like I’m doing it properly.

— David H. Koch

Zero-tolerance on drinking and driving – meaning no drinking at all before driving – is a collective punishment that, in essence, only affects responsible adults who follow the law.

— David Harsanyi

If you really want to help the rest of the world, what you’ve got to do is encourage free markets, private property rights and the strong rule of law and get rid of the dictators in a lot of these countries.

— Dave Brat

Free markets’ is not a liberal or conservative issue. The rule of law is not a Right or Left issue. Those are American principles since our founding, and to the extent that other countries follow our lead… they will prosper. That’s what I want, because every one of those people is a child of God.

— Dave Brat

In terms of personalities – I don’t care about the personalities, I want leadership that’s in favor of my principles: free markets, adherence to the Constitution, and equal treatment for everyone under the law.

— Dave Brat

Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law.

— Demosthenes

I wasn’t so sure about signing up for ‘Law & Order.’ I liked the show, but another TV series? I’ll tell you, though, it’s been great, and I had no idea how popular the show was.

— Dennis Farina

I had been brought up in the law and had this sort of instinct that international law operates and was there to protect principles and not to be the plaything of power and might – which I now know, of course, to be an absolute nonsense. International law should be spelled l-o-r-e.

— David Lange

I’m convinced that quite a lot of young people, when they get in trouble with the law, it’s a cry for help there. Because it’s not that they go out to offend. It’s that their behaviour is self-parading, it’s the big ‘I’. And sometimes that means they’re really lacking in confidence.

— David Blunkett

You wouldn’t go to a hospital, you wouldn’t go to a law firm where the doctors and lawyers were not retained on merit: where they all had tenure regardless of competence. Parents feel the same way about schools that they send their children to.

— David Boies

We must bring the rule of law to its full fruition in the United States, and when we do, we will have achieved the goals and rhetoric of our Founding Fathers.

— David Boies

I think it’s a little unfair for people to say you’re not paying your fair share of taxes. I’m paying what I’m supposed to pay. Change the law, and I’ll pay what I’m supposed to pay.

— David Rubenstein

I think the existence of zombies would contradict certain laws of nature in our world. It seems to be a law of nature, in our world, that when you get a brain of a certain character you get consciousness going along with it.

— David Chalmers

Prayer in any form is efficacious because it is an action. It will, therefore, have a result. That is the law of this universe in which we find ourselves.

— Dayananda Saraswati

If people sneak into my show, that’s a sign of a good show, you know? If people want to risk getting in trouble with the law to come see you play music, that’s a sign you’re doing something right.

— Dierks Bentley

Republicans passed the Fourteenth Amendment, securing for blacks equal rights under the law, and the Fifteenth Amendment, giving blacks the right to vote, over the Democrats’ opposition.

— Dinesh D’Souza

No law of nature, however general, has been established all at once its recognition has always been preceded by many presentiments.

— Dmitri Mendeleev

The establishment of a law, moreover, does not take place when the first thought of it takes form, or even when its significance is recognised, but only when it has been confirmed by the results of the experiment.

— Dmitri Mendeleev

Indiana houses the home offices of most fraternities and sororities in the country. If Indiana doesn’t pass a law that guarantees people that they’ll be free of discrimination, those fraternities and sororities need to move out of Indiana.

— Dannel Malloy

I grew up in D.C. but always had a love affair with New York. I did ‘Central Park West,’ ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘Law & Order.’

— Darren Star

As a former cop, I respect and appreciate those who’ve dedicated their lives to serving others as well as those who appreciate the rule of law and honor it.

— Dave Reichert

Affairs of state tend to drive most presidents toward the center on both foreign and domestic policy, no matter where on the political spectrum they begin, and especially so in the areas of intelligence and law enforcement.

— David K. Shipler

If you went for a job interview in a Glasgow law firm, they used to ask you what school you went to. And that was a way of finding out what religion you were.

— Denise Mina

Educate yourself, take the time to find out what is in a bill and how it will effect everything, and not just how it effects you in the short term, but what the long term consequences of a bill, law or legislations will have an everyone and every community, altimetry effecting you!

— David Pratt

Over the last several years, I’ve passed defunding Planned Parenthood, the sonogram bill, voter ID. I passed the TSA anti-groping bill, sanctuary cities, loser pay, border security, and the toughest Jessica’s law in the entire nation against sexual predators.

— David Dewhurst

I filed a brief as a friend of the court in the U. of Michigan to keep affirmative action at the U. of Michigan, which I attended the law school. And I was one of the original sponsors of making the Martin Luther King birthday a federal holiday.

— Dick Gephardt

The Constitution has a good share of deliberately open-ended guarantees, like rights to due process of law, equal protection of the law, and freedom from unreasonable searches.

— David Souter

Internal self-government under a local constitution was authorized by Congress and approved by the residents in 1952, but federal law is supreme in Puerto Rico and residents do not have voting representation in the Congress.

— Dick Thornburgh

The powers of government exercised locally derive from a federal law authorizing government by consent in local affairs only, unless those affairs are otherwise governed by federal law.

— Dick Thornburgh

However, the sovereignty of the states is constitutionally defined and recognized, while the powers of the local government in Puerto Rico are defined by, and subject to alteration under, federal statutory law.

— Dick Thornburgh

Specifically, the reservation of sovereignty to the people of the states in matters not governed by federal law is constitutionally defined and permanently enshrined in the 10th Amendment.

— Dick Thornburgh

The U.S. has a law on the books called the debt limit, but the name is misleading. The debt limit started in 1917 for the purpose of facilitating more national debt, not reducing it. It still serves that purpose. It’s unconnected to spending, hurts our credit rating and has been an abject failure at limiting debt.

— David Malpass

I never considered acting while growing up. I just knew I didn’t want to go into the saloon business: I wanted to get away from Kenosha. And once I left, never, ever did it cross my mind to go back. I went to college and thought I’d study law.

— Don Ameche

Some people might be surprised that ‘Rambo’s creator has a doctorate in American literature. One of my influences is Henry James, whose major theme is awareness. Whether I’m writing about military personnel, law enforcement, or De Quincey, the persistent theme is paying attention in a hostile world.

— David Morrell

What we say is that democracy means that you have the right to vote without intimidation and undue burdens. But if you stand in line for six hours, technically, today there is no document, no standard, no law that says that that’s wrong.

— DeForest Soaries

After ‘Click, Clack, Moo’ was published, I was still practicing law and had no plans to make a career change.

— Doreen Cronin

The American people are opposed to ObamaCare. They were when the law passed they’re still opposed to it. But the fact of the matter is it’s got to be implemented. We’re trying to do our part even here in Nebraska. It’s very, very difficult.

— Dave Heineman

It always takes longer than you expect, even if you take Hofstadter’s Law into account.

— Douglas Hofstadter

No person, not even a congressman, is above the law.

— Dana Boente

The Question to be considered is, Whether the Government have reason by a Law, to prohibit the taking more than 4 l. per cent Interest for Money lent, or to leave the Borrower and Lender to make their own Bargains.

— Dudley North

Law breaking, graffiti artist, dumb jock that I am, I’m pretty socially conscious.

— Duff Goldman

When things could’ve gone really bad, rugby caught my interest and I really stuck with it. The sport brought me, maybe off the streets where we’d be fighting, into putting in a good effort in the rugby field where you’re kind of rewarded for that rough behaviour instead of in trouble with the law.

— Daniel Cudmore

But I decided I wanted more education and I had to make a choice between starting law school, which was interesting to me, and going for a graduate degree in engineering.

— Daniel J. Evans

I think I finally chose the graduate degree in engineering primarily because it only took one year and law school took three years, and I felt the pressure of being a little behind – although I was just 22.

— Daniel J. Evans

As a matter of fact, even when I finished law school, I had no notion of public service then.

— David Dinkins

I finished law school in ’56, but I was working two jobs.

— David Dinkins

I went downtown as a lawyer and then I worked in a liquor store at night, as I had done all through law school. And so when I got to the point where I could give up the night job, I joined the political club.

— David Dinkins

I gravitate toward the law, I think, certainly more times than not, because it’s our best mechanism for legislating human behavior, and morality, and ethics.

— David E. Kelley

The more lawyers there are, the more people are out there to encourage others not to go to law school.

— David E. Kelley

I think the law changes, which is a nice luxury.

— David E. Kelley

The most I could hope for is to come and try and develop a character who is interesting, who is interesting to me, who is interesting to fans and who could contribute to the storytelling that is ‘Law & Order: SVU.’

— Danny Pino

I had been on another procedural show, ‘Cold Case,’ for seven years, and I certainly respected the legacy of ‘Law & Order,’ even though I had only seen a handful of episodes. Being a dad meant the reality was that I probably knew more about Dora and Diego. But I saw the show with fresh eyes, and I wasn’t coming in with a bunch of baggage.

— Danny Pino

The centerpiece of ‘Law and Order’ is the crime, and it starts with the writing. There’s a beginning, a middle and an end. It allows the audience to watch any given episode and can drop right in and not feel lost. I think the stark, raw structure has a lot to do with its longevity.

— Danny Pino

We are just interested in dealing with the people we’re paying every day. We know federal law allows them to vote in a union at anytime, but we think we can resist that by talking to our own people and giving them enough upside.

— David Neeleman

Fourth Law of Thermodynamics: If the probability of success is not almost one, then it is damn near zero.

— David R. Ellis

There is an inalienable law. Whenever a character on screen pities himself, the audience stops pitying him. They will cry so long as the character doesn’t.

— David Seltzer

Nothing replaces real-life experience. Of course, I say this as someone who went to law school.

— Daniel L. Doctoroff

First law on holes – when you’re in one, stop digging!

— Denis Healey

It is a good thing to follow the First Law of Holes: if you are in one, stop digging.

— Denis Healey

The constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances.

— David Davis

Before 9/11 there were weak procedures, willingness, and mechanisms for communicating among agencies for foreign intelligence and the FBI with its focus on law enforcement. The domestic-vs.-foreign barrier has been solved by the reforms after 9/11 that established the DNI.

— Dennis C. Blair

While in the Florida legislature, I strongly opposed the Stand Your Ground law because I believed it would provide defenses to people who had created the scenarios they sought protection from. Or it would leave juries without the proper rules of engagement that ought govern predictable human interactions.

— Dan Gelber

Trade creates jobs and lifts people out of poverty. And when that happens, societies stabilize and grow. And there is nothing like a stable society to fight terrorism and strengthen democracy, freedom and rule of law.

— Dennis Hastert

So many times, my mom would say, ‘It’s not too late to go law school.’

— David Zabel

Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law. Understand that we are you. Understand that if we decide to have sex whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision and you have no rights in our lovemaking.

— Derek Jarman

What everybody misses here is that we are doing the same thing my father did. He licensed and litigated and protected his property, and we have to follow the same tradition, because the way the law reads, if you don’t protect it, you lose it.

— Dexter Scott King

We do not need a heavy theoretical thumb on the scales. What’s important is how the traditional sources of law and legal interpretation – text, structure, history, canons of interpretation, precedent, and other well-established tools of the judicial craft – are prioritized, weighted, and applied.

— Diane S. Sykes

If Nixon is not forced to turn over tapes of his conversations with the ring of men who were conversing on their violations of the law, then liberty will soon be dead in this nation.

— Earl Warren

All provisions of federal, state or local law requiring or permitting discrimination in public education must yield.

— Earl Warren

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 most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.

— Edmund Burke

There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity – the law of nature and of nations.

— Edmund Burke

Entrepreneurs have only the murkiest picture of the future in which they are making their bets, and also there is ambiguity: they don’t know when they push this lever or that lever that the outcome is going to be what they think it is going to be – there is the law of unanticipated consequences.

— Edmund Phelps

America thrives on identity politics, left and right. But France is opposed to the idea. Since the Revolution, the French have enthroned the idea of universalism. All of us must be equal before the law as abstract individuals, and that extends to the arts.

— Edmund White

If I were running against Chuck Schumer. I would take every one of his Sunday press releases – and there are 52 for as many years as he’s been there – and I would ask, ‘How many of the things he said he was proposing became law?’ I doubt many.

— Ed Koch

I wasn’t meant to be an attorney, but I was meant to go to law school.

— Eddie Huang

I care more about the country than what happens to me. But we can’t allow the law to become a political weapon or agree to scare people away from standing up for their rights, no matter how good the deal. I’m not going to be part of that.

— Edward Snowden

Sometimes the scandal is not what law was broken, but what the law allows.

— Edward Snowden

Sometimes to do the right thing, you have to break a law. And the key there is in terms of civil disobedience. You have to make sure that what you’re risking, what you’re bringing onto yourself, does not serve as a detriment to anyone else. It doesn’t hurt anybody else.

— Edward Snowden

I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.

— Edward Snowden

I have had many opportunities to flee HK, but I would rather stay and fight the United States government in the courts, because I have faith in Hong Kong’s rule of law.

— Edward Snowden

The one negative to horror is that it’s always law of diminishing returns. When you go in the funhouse, the ride is never scary the second time. You will never have that pure experience as when you first watch it.

— Eli Roth

If I have been guilty of no violation of law, why am I hunted up and down continually like a partridge upon the mountains? Why am I threatened with the tar barrel? Why am I waylaid every day, and from night to night, and my life in jeopardy every hour?

— Elijah Parish Lovejoy

To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt.

— Elizabeth Cady Stanton

We need a comprehensive strategy that includes expanding criminal background checks for all commercial gun sales, dedicated federal law to combat gun trafficking, and a strong commitment to mental health services.

— Elizabeth Esty

When, in any ethical department, unity is attained between outer demands and inner desires, between nature and conscience, between the needs of society and the individual, the moral formula is void because inner necessity then makes it psychically and physically impossible to break the outer law. Thus, true morality is attained.

— Ellen Key

Like everyone, I was a huge fan of David Boies, and from what I knew about him, I thought he might ‘get’ me. So I sent him an email. I said I want to practice law but that I didn’t want to stop writing and I asked if there was any way I could practice law for him.

— Elizabeth Wurtzel

Egypt needs law and order in Sinai to save the tourist industry in Sharm el-Sheik and prevent the area from becoming a base for terrorists that will target Egypt itself, as well as Jordan and Israel.

— Elliott Abrams

You can put handcuffs on people who push the envelope. When they break the law, they deserve to have handcuffs.

— Elizabeth Warren

If large financial institutions can break the law and accumulate million in profits – and, if they get caught, settle by paying out of those profits – they do not have much incentive to follow the law.

— Elizabeth Warren

Wall Street banks have the right to express their views to lawmakers and regulators through lobbying, but the law is clear: If they want to influence lawmakers, they must disclose their lobbying expenditures.

— Elizabeth Warren

In 1978, we adopted a new Bankruptcy Code in the United States, and a principal part of this was designed to adjust to the new corporation, to find ways to let a corporation that had gotten into financial trouble reorganize itself. A big part of the selling point on this bankruptcy law was, ‘It will preserve jobs.’

— Elizabeth Warren

The name ‘Seventh-day Adventist’ carries the true features of our faith in front and will convict the inquiring mind. Like an arrow from the Lord’s quiver, it will wound the transgressors of God’s law, and will lead to repentance toward God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

— Ellen G. White

Through the grace of Christ we shall live in obedience to the law of God written upon our hearts. Having the Spirit of Christ, we shall walk even as He walked.

— Ellen G. White

Silicon Valley has evolved a critical mass of engineers and venture capitalists and all the support structure – the law firms, the real estate, all that – that are all actually geared toward being accepting of startups.

— Elon Musk

We have so much discrimination in this world – colour, race, creed, all of these things – and there is an issue here that the right of marriage in the civil law is not extended to same-sex couples.

— Enda Kenny

To believe in a just law of cause and effect, carrying with it a punishment or a reward, is to believe in righteousness.

— Ernest Holmes

However revolutionary it may be, the Internet still hasn’t altered the basic law of human communication: Being nice to your interlocutors is a good way to start any negotiations, particularly, when being hostile is an open invitation for a cyber-fight.

— Evgeny Morozov

You can’t have some institutions that are protected by the law, not allowed to fail, and not held to account, and all the other companies in America are allowed to fail. You can’t have equal justice under law and too big to fail.

— Eric Schneiderman

Our investigation has found that, unlike traditional fantasy sports, daily fantasy sports companies are engaged in illegal gambling under New York law, causing the same kinds of social and economic harms as other forms of illegal gambling and misleading New York consumers.

— Eric Schneiderman

Daily fantasy sports is neither victimless nor harmless, and it is clear that DraftKings and FanDuel are the leaders of a massive, multi-billion-dollar scheme intended to evade the law and fleece sports fans across the country.

— Eric Schneiderman

My job is to enforce the law, without fear or favor.

— Eric Schneiderman

As Attorney General, my most important responsibility is keeping New Yorkers safe by enforcing the laws that protect our people from harm. But another fundamental part of my job is to seek to advance the basic American principle of equal justice under law.

— Eric Schneiderman

As the state’s chief law enforcement officer, it’s my job to see that perpetrators of fraud are brought to justice.

— Eric Schneiderman

Law became boring, but like every job I’ve done, it helped prepare me for a career in music.

— Estelle

In a system that disproportionately harms poor people and people of color, too many Americans have lost faith in the essential American principle of equal justice under law.

— Eric Schneiderman

That is the definition of equal justice under law: everyone gets a fair shot, everyone pays their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.

— Eric Schneiderman

As New York’s chief law enforcement officer, I have taken a hard line against those in state government who abuse the law they have sworn to uphold.

— Eric Schneiderman

In ‘Citizens United v. FEC’, the Supreme Court ruled that sections of the federal campaign finance law known as McCain-Feingold imposed unconstitutional restrictions on the First Amendment rights of corporations.

— Eric Schneiderman

You’ve got to learn to accept the law of life, and face the fact that we disintegrate slowly.

— Erik Erikson

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.

— Euripides

Technology businesses in general are susceptible to hacking. That’s why you have to work really, really, really hard with law enforcement, with security experts, internal and external groups, to make sure you’re paying attention and addressing security concerns.

— Evan Spiegel

I really think we should pass a law in every state, I don’t care whether it takes the independence away from an old person or not. You shouldn’t be driving a car if you’re over the age of 80. Maybe even less than that.

— Evel Knievel

A law is a law, and it has to be respected.

— Eli Yishai

Claims of right and insistence upon obligations may depend upon treaty stipulations, or upon the rules of international law, or upon the sense of natural justice applied to the circumstances of a particular case, or upon disputed facts.

— Elihu Root

It is curious that, with my somewhat antinomian tendencies, I should have gone to Trinity Hall – which was, and is, before all a Law College – and should thus have been thrown into close touch with the legal element in life.

— Edward Carpenter

The federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed unanimously in the House, won 97 votes in the Senate, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Twenty states have passed their own versions of this law, and 11 additional ones have religious-liberty protections that state courts have interpreted to provide a similar level of protection.

— Edwin Meese

Since the ’86 amnesty, the number of illegal immigrants has quadrupled. That should teach Congress a very important lesson: Amnesty ‘bends’ the rule of law. And bending the rule of law to reach a ‘comprehensive’ deal winds up provoking wholesale breaking of the law.

— Edwin Meese

As Alexander Hamilton said in ‘The Federalist Papers,’ law is about the exercise of judgment and not will. Judicial activism is best understood as substituting judicial opinion for the command of law. The law is not an infinitely malleable tool.

— Edwin Meese

I don’t think a reporter necessarily becomes an arm of law enforcement. I think a reporter is like any other citizen. If a citizen can do his or her duty as a witness, if they have information about a crime, or if they have information about a criminal group, I think that there’s a duty on the part of the citizen.

— Edwin Meese

In fact, corporate and union moneys go overwhelmingly to incumbents, so limiting that money, as Congress did in the campaign finance law, may be the single most self-denying thing that Congress has ever done.

— Elena Kagan

I’ve always been tremendously interested in criminal law. It goes to a deep interest I have in prisons and the criminal element, and what we do as a society with it. I’ve always been touched by the idea of criminality.

— Elizabeth Strout

I don’t know if I have a memory of not thinking I was a writer – it goes that far back. I went to law school because I didn’t know how to earn a living otherwise. I tried to ignore the pull, but it wouldn’t let me.

— Elizabeth Strout

I got a gerontology certificate a million years ago along with my law degree, so I’ve been interested in older people for many years. Some people grow up with a lot of kids around, but I just grew up with a lot of old people.

— Elizabeth Strout

I am not a proponent of the death penalty, but I will enforce the law as this Congress gives it to us.

— Eric Holder

I think that people, despite my law enforcement background, view me as taking these consistently progressive stands, and I think that, philosophically, there is a desire to get at that person. But I think the stands I have taken are totally consistent with a person who is looking at things realistically, factually.

— Eric Holder

Well, I think the American people have to understand that the Mexican government is committed, in a very substantial way, to eradicating the effect of the impact of the cartels on Mexico. We have – what are called vetted units down there. Units that have been vetted by our law enforcement people there, the people with whom we deal – primarily.

— Eric Holder

Although the attorney general is a part of the president’s team, you’re really separate and apart. You have a special responsibility as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. There has to be a distance that you keep – between this department and the White House.

— Eric Holder

If any difference should be made by law between husband and wife, reason, justice and humanity, if their voices were heard, would dictate that it should be in her favor.

— Ernestine Rose

I never even wanted to be an actress. I studied mass communication and wanted to study law in Newcastle, for which I even got a scholarship. But by then, I had started modelling. So, I took a year off to decide what to do. But once you are used to working, it’s difficult to get back to studies.

— Esha Gupta

While we are under the tyranny of Priests, it will ever be their interest, to invalidate the law of nature and reason, in order to establish systems incompatible therewith.

— Ethan Allen

A chair’s function is not just to provide a place to sit it is to provide a medium for self-expression. Chairs are about status, for example. Or signalling something about oneself. That’s why the words chair, seat and bench have found themselves used to describe high status professions, from academia to Parliament to the law.

— Evan Davis

By this act the president alone is empowered to make the law, to fix in his mind what acts, words, what thoughts or looks, shall constitute such a crime.

— Edward Livingston

Law builds upon and, I should like to claim, is one of the liberal arts. It uses words of persuasion and changing definitions for practical ends.

— Edward Levi

Some people think it’s a law that when productivity goes up, everybody benefits. There is no economic law that says technological progress has to benefit everybody or even most people. It’s possible that productivity can go up and the economic pie gets bigger, but the majority of people don’t share in that gain.

— Erik Brynjolfsson

The law of humanity ought to be composed of the past, the present, and the future, that we bear within us whoever possesses but one of these terms, has but a fragment of the law of the moral world.

— Edgar Quinet

Any law can be changed, obviously, at any time.

— Erik Paulsen

If did go back to school, I would want to learn another aspect of the entertainment industry like to become a producer or an agent, you need a law degree.

— Ethan Embry

It was a mistake. On the information we had, we shouldn’t have prosecuted the war. We shouldn’t have changed our argument from international law to regime change in a non-transparent way. It was an error for which we as a country paid a heavy price, and for which many people paid with their lives.

— Ed Balls

The Unites States used to use law enforcement to aggressively target North Korea illicit activities – counterfeiting U.S. currency, drug-running, counterfeit cigarettes and pharmaceuticals – until diplomacy gutted those efforts. The effort should be reinvigorated.

— Ed Royce

Albania is going through a deep crisis because it lacks the rule of law, an independent judiciary, and freedom of the media. I don’t think if we stop protesting the problem is solved.

— Edi Rama

Reason is the life of the law nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason – the law which is perfection of reason.

— Edward Coke

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

— Edward Coke

It was appointed by law in Athens, that the obsequies of the citizens who fell in battle should be performed at the public expense, and in the most honorable manner.

— Edward Everett

That is a Medieval way of drawing history, in which they do not respect the law and want the rest of the world to respect the law. That’s not possible.

— Emir Kusturica

Every unskilled illegal immigrant who enters the United States for work drives up healthcare costs for every American. And, every illegal immigrant we turn a blind eye toward weakens the rule of law our country is founded on.

— Elton Gallegly

Since achieving their independence in 1992, the people of Croatia have built a democratic society based on the rule of law, respect for human rights, and a free market economy.

— Elton Gallegly

One of the reasons the doctors gave for hospitalizing me against my will was that I was ‘gravely disabled.’ To support this view, they wrote in my chart that I was unable to do my Yale Law School homework. I wondered what that meant about much of the rest of New Haven.

— Elyn Saks

Besides a happy policy as to civil government, it is necessary to institute a system of law and jurisprudence founded in justice, equity, and public right.

— Ezra Stiles

Let a bill, or law, be read, in the one branch or the other, every one instantly thinks how it will affect his constituents.

— Ezra Stiles

What’s so great about playing a female lead, especially in law enforcement, is that these women do exist, and they’re really quite interesting. They’re fascinating.

— Emily Rose

The intellectual property situation is bad and getting worse. To be a programmer, it requires that you understand as much law as you do technology.

— Eric Allman

I would strongly recommend any young man to stay away from criminal law. It’s not a good place to be, unfortunately.

— F. Lee Bailey

And sometimes you have to go above the written law, I believe.

— Fawn Hall

As America knows, Obama turned down the lucrative career path guaranteed to the first African-American president of The Harvard Law Review to pursue the missions of service and teaching instead. The potential rewards for our country, now that that early choice has led him into the White House, are enormous.

— Frank Rich

Future generations will know there’s nothing mystical about wetware because by 2100, Moore’s law will have given us tiny quantum computers powerful enough to upload a human soul.

— Frank Tipler

Having served in the Nixon Administration, I am well aware of how the political leadership of an administration can try to politicize the civil service, including law enforcement.

— Frank Wolf

If a Middle Eastern sheikh comes to buy Bayern Munich, he could buy 49 per cent. Fifty-one per cent must stay in Germany with the club. That law came about because of the developments of international football.

— Franz Beckenbauer

Woman throughout the ages has been mistress to the law, as man has been its master.

— Freda Adler

Not that pleading can be taken as a test, for the forms of action, notably Debt, ignore the fundamental difference between duties imposed by law and duties created by the will of the parties.

— Frederick Pollock

If you deny that any principles of conduct at all are common to and admitted by all men who try to behave reasonably – well, I don’t see how you can have any ethics or any ethical background for law.

— Frederick Pollock

It cannot be assumed that equity was following common law whenever they agreed, any more than the converse.

— Frederick Pollock

Colonialism subdues in many dulcet guises. It conquered under the pretext of spreading Christianity, civilization, law and order, to make the world safe for democracy.

— F. Sionil Jose

Executive orders are meant for occasional use, not to force something through that the people’s elected representatives aren’t going to make law.

— Fabrizio Moreira

Islamic law is clearly against terrorism, against any kind of deliberate killing of civilians or similar ‘collateral damage.’

— Feisal Abdul Rauf

If you desire information on some point of law, you are not likely to ponder over the ponderous tomes of legal writers in order to obtain the knowledge you seek, by your own unaided efforts.

— Felix Adler

It is a fundamental principle of criminal law that an imputed offense must correspond exactly to the type of crime described by law. If no law applies exactly to the point in question, then there is no offense.

— Fidel Castro

Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. Far the greatest things grow by God’s law out of the smallest. But to live your life, you must discipline it.

— Florence Nightingale

Were this not Texas, were there not a state where there were no protections at all and where the law was clear on that, I think CBS and Mary Mapes and Dan Rather and all of us had a very good chance of winning. So this is an ongoing battle about an issue of principle.

— Floyd Abrams

It has something to do with the facts and the law and who the judges are. So I think lawyers sometimes exaggerate their role in winning and losing. Lawyers do have a role, and a major role, but they’re not the only players in this game.

— Floyd Abrams

When I began we did not really have a lot of First Amendment law. It is really surprising to think of it this way, but a lot of the law – most of the law that relates to the First Amendment freedom of the press in America – is really within living memory.

— Floyd Abrams

It is within the last quarter century or thirty years. And a lot of that law has turned out to be very, very protective of the press and the public’s right to know.

— Floyd Abrams

This seems to be the law of progress in everything we do it moves along a spiral rather than a perpendicular we seem to be actually going out of the way, and yet it turns out that we were really moving upward all the time.

— Frances E. Willard

Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

That is, while we believe that cost-benefit analysis is an important tool to inform agency decision making, the results of the cost-benefit analysis do not trump existing law.

— Fred Thompson

For those broadcasters who are less than responsible, the FCC needs to have sharper teeth to enforce the law.

— Fred Upton

Finally, is not liberty the restricting of the law only to its rational sphere of organizing the right of the individual to lawful self-defense of punishing injustice?

— Frederic Bastiat

Not in the constitution, but I would propose a law to the French parliament that provides for reducing the budget deficit year by year, until we have reached a balanced budget by 2017.

— Francois Hollande

If I had been brilliant or a genius, I wouldn’t have needed to break the law just to survive.

— Frank Abagnale

I never use debit cards. I only use credit cards. This way, if someone does get my account number… and charges $1 million, by federal law, my liability is zero.

— Frank Abagnale

When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual.

— Frank Herbert

It is only our conception of time that makes us call the Last Judgement by this name. It is, in fact, a kind of martial law.

— Franz Kafka

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

— Fred Allen

As a conservative, I maintain a healthy skepticism of the theory of man-made global warming. I also believe that more people enjoying the fruits of modernity and economic development is a good thing – as long as those people arrived legally and obey the law.

— Gary Bauer

I understand that in these difficult economic times, the potential for any additional expense is not welcomed by American businesses. But in the long run, the health insurance reform law promises to cut health-care costs for U.S. businesses, not expand them.

— Gary Locke

By the law of averages, there has to be life elsewhere. The universe is so huge, and I don’t think God would have created this whole big huge cosmos and just say there’s only going to be life on Earth, and that’s it.

— Gary Wright

I’m glad I made the decision, although the practice of law – and particularly serving as a federal judge – was a part of my life that I really enjoyed and treasured and look back on it with fondness.

— George J. Mitchell

I was born and raised in a small town in Maine, Waterville. I enjoyed living there – still do – and my goal in life was a fairly specific and focused one of practicing law in Maine.

— George J. Mitchell

I got a job with a law firm in Portland after a couple of years with Senator Muskie. But by then, my interest in politics had been sparked, through meeting Senator Muskie, through seeing what he did.

— George J. Mitchell

In Irish law, busking is considered vagrancy – you can be arrested for it. It’s risky asking people for money in public. So it’s not like it’s a high-art job. And people who do it as a high-art job make very little money.

— Glen Hansard

I do believe that, under the law, under the Constitution of the United States, and under our public policy, that women deserve and should have a right to enjoy equal employment opportunity.

— Gloria Allred

Terrorism is not a matter that can be left to law enforcement, with its deliberative process, built-in delays, and safeguards that may let the prisoner go free on procedural grounds.

— George P. Shultz

In 2012, Hillary Clinton’s State Department, acting through its ambassador, Mari Carmen Aponte, threatened to withhold critical development aid unless El Salvador passed a major privatization law.

— Greg Grandin

The majority of people who join law enforcement are doing it for good, moral reasons, but then there are the few who get through, where you go, ‘Whoa, hold on a second. What’s this guy doing here?’

— Guy Pearce

You reduce illegal immigration by making it harder to get jobs here, or easier to get jobs south of the border. This idea that we can’t pass an immigration law until we hit some imaginary security target is just a way to derail reform.

— Gail Collins

The nonphysical law allows you to use nonphysical causes to create nonphysical effects and also physical effects. This does not mean that you are not in control of what you create. On the contrary! It means that you are entirely free to create what you want, provided you are aware of how the nonphysical law of cause and effect works.

— Gary Zukav

Instead of saying we need to outlaw certain types of weapons, we need to find better ways to enforce current law.

— Gene Green

This country would be a better place to live in if all the resources we currently put toward criminalizing marijuana were instead spent by law enforcement on protection from real crime, as opposed to victimless crime.

— Gary Johnson

Every time you pass a law, it is a little bite out of freedom.

— Gary Johnson

Take the situation of a scientist solving a problem, where he has certain data, which call for certain responses. Some of this set of data call for his applying such and such a law, while others call for another law.

— George Herbert Mead

There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.

— Gisele Bundchen

An elite class that is free to operate without limits – whether limits imposed by the rule of law or fear of the responses from those harmed by their behavior – is an elite class that will plunder, degrade, and cheat at will, and act endlessly to fortify its own power.

— Glenn Greenwald

There’s a huge dichotomy between people who grow up with alienation, which, for me, was invaluable, and people who grow up so completely privileged that it breeds this complacency and lack of desire to question or challenge or do anything significant. Those are the types of people who become partners at the corporate law firms.

— Glenn Greenwald

In the area of national security, I urge the swift passage of an anti-terrorism law that will protect rather than subvert, enhance rather than weaken, the rights and liberties that terrorism precisely threatens with extinction.

— Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Popularity makes no law invulnerable to invalidation. Americans accept judicial supervision of their democracy – judicial review of popular but possibly unconstitutional statutes – because they know that if the Constitution is truly to constitute the nation, it must trump some majority preferences.

— George Will

I was training to be a lawyer… I was president of the law society at Glasgow University, and my bass guitarist was my secretary of my law society the lead guitarist and writer worked at the law firm that I worked.

— Gerard Butler

I’m a very law-abiding citizen, and I’ve never consciously broken any law. I get nervous just jaywalking in Los Angeles!

— Gillian Jacobs

The trick is: how do you talk about natural selection without implying the rigidity of law? We use it as almost an active participant, almost like a god. In fact, you could substitute the word ‘god’ for ‘natural selection’ in a lot of evolutionary writings and you’d think you were listening to a theologian.

— Greg Graffin

Government should enforce rule of law. It should enforce contracts, it should protect people bodily from being attacked by criminals. And when the government does those things, it is facilitating liberty. When it goes beyond those things, it becomes destructive to both human happiness and human liberty.

— Grover Norquist

Whatever be the qualities of the man with whom a woman is united according to the law, such qualities even she assumes, like a river, united with the ocean.

— Guru Nanak

If you are going to make a change, don’t go halfway. Make it with conviction and stick with your new idea. Ignore the scoffers. Remember, it is a law of nature that if something is different you’re going to be taunted, jeered, and told the world is flat. Let the doubters fall off the edge.

— Gary McCord

Who to himself is law, no law doth need, offends no law, and is a king indeed.

— George Chapman

While some of them acknowledge the obligation of natural morality in their mode of conducting their cases, and preserve their individual character as gentlemen, there are others who acknowledge no law, human or divine, but the law of Scotland.

— George Combe

First, we could have defied both of them and could have gone to war against both of these nations for this violation of international law and interference with our neutral rights.

— George William Norris

Next, we will create a modern immigration law.

— Gerhard Schroder

The intelligence community, for the most part, has no accountability at all to the Congress, to us the American people, and so they feel that they above the law.

— Gloria Naylor

Rome was great in arms, in government, in law.

— Goldwin Smith

Well, there’s no question that the law passed in 1996 was flawed. It deregulated the wholesale market, meaning the price that the utilities had to pay energy companies for power, but not the retail market.

— Gray Davis

We are taking steps to fight the production of meth on our own soil through limiting access to precursor ingredients, supporting educational efforts and providing necessary resources to law enforcement.

— Greg Walden

Satan cannot win. Why not? Because he has denied God’s sovereignty and disobeyed God’s law. But Moses was told explicitly, God’s blessings come only from obedience. Satan will not win because he has abandoned God’s tool of dominion, biblical law.

— Gary North

Jesus was not denying the legitimacy of biblical law. On the contrary, He was affirming biblical law. We love God first God commands us to keep His word therefore, we must enforce the law on ourselves.

— Gary North

The real Jack Johnson was both more and less than those who loved or those who hated him ever knew. He embodied American individualism in its purest form nothing – no law or custom, no person white or black, male or female – could keep him for long from whatever he wanted.

— Geoffrey Ward

The uglier a man’s legs are, the better he plays golf – it’s almost a law.

— H. G. Wells

But black people fall for that same argument, and they go around talking about law breakers. We did not make the laws in this country. We are neither morally nor legally confined to those laws. Those laws that keep them up, keep us down.

— H. Rap Brown

A ruler makes use of the majority and neglects the minority, and so he does not devote himself to virtue but to law.

— Han Fei

When a politician like Marco Rubio is willing to sacrifice his career defining immigration reform legislation solely to insure that gays and lesbians are denied equal protection under the law, we have to admit that we’re under attack. This is not pragmatic politics at work. These are the policies of bias, exclusion and unfairness.

— Harvey Fierstein

It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises-but only performance is reality.

— Harold S. Geneen

To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other.

— Helena Blavatsky

Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

The mathematical facts worthy of being studied are those which, by their analogy with other facts, are capable of leading us to the knowledge of a physical law.

— Henri Poincare

If an injustice requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the government machine.

— Henry David Thoreau

It seems to be a law of design that for every advantage introduced through redesign, there is an accompanying unintended disadvantage.

— Henry Petroski

George Zimmerman is a foot soldier in a rapidly privatizing country. He is a new centurion of 21st-century America. Law enforcement is tied down by the strictures of, well, the law. There is only ‘so much they can do’ to take care of the ‘problem.’

— Henry Rollins

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.

— Henry David Thoreau

It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.

— Henry David Thoreau

The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.

— Henry David Thoreau

I contribute a large amount of money to the Southern Poverty Law Center, so I’m on their mailing list for all their Klan Watch newsletters. I’m very well aware of White Power movements in America.

— Henry Rollins

Very few, if any, first-generation black or white or Asian kids will pursue a Ph.D. They’ll pursue the professions for economic security. Many will go to law school and/or business school.

— Henry Louis Gates

If the law is upheld only by government officials, then all law is at an end.

— Herbert Hoover

I would have to have people totally committed to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of this United States. And many of the Muslims, they are not totally dedicated to this country. They are not dedicated to our Constitution. Many of them are trying to force Sharia law on the people of this country.

— Herman Cain

When I was younger and women first started to get in public positions, in my case the law, we went through a period where we wore those little ribbon ties, little bows. We tried to figure out what was our appropriate dress.

— Hillary Clinton

There are not enough jails, not enough police, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.

— Hubert H. Humphrey

Love it or hate it, Obamacare is the law of the land. It was passed by Congress, signed into law by President Obama, declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and ratified by a majority of Americans, who reelected the president for a second term.

— Hank Johnson

I never thought that the long haired, bearded guy I married in law school would end up being President.

— Hillary Clinton

There have been reports of many child marriages taking place in the Malabar region in Kerala, especially among the Muslim community. However, under Muslim Personal Law, a girl can be married once she attains puberty, and hence we cannot say that such marriages are not valid.

— Girija Vyas

I wasn’t trying to be an outlaw writer. I never heard of that term somebody else made it up. But we were all outside the law: Kerouac, Miller, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Kesey I didn’t have a gauge as to who was the worst outlaw. I just recognized allies: my people.

— Hunter S. Thompson

Crazy’ is a term of art ‘Insane’ is a term of law. Remember that, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble.

— Hunter S. Thompson

I just usually go with my own taste. If I like something, and it happens to be against the law, well, then I might have a problem.

— Hunter S. Thompson

It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.

— Hunter S. Thompson

Whoever claims that economic competition represents ‘survival of the fittest’ in the sense of the law of the jungle, provides the clearest possible evidence of his lack of knowledge of economics.

— George Reisman

I think it does work. The fact that the law is there and injustices can be rectified, I think has a lot to do with the fact that the people in this country aren’t as frustrated as they are in some of these places in Eastern Europe and don’t resort to violent revolution.

— Harold H. Greene

Frequently you have a clash between the more sterile letter of the law and the justice that underlies it, and I think one of the things I’ve been trying more or less, where it was possible, is to go with the justice rather than the letter of the law.

— Harold H. Greene

But certainly the laser proved to be what I realized it was going to be. At that moment in my life I was too ignorant in business law to be able to do it right, and if I did it over again probably the same damn thing would happen.

— Gordon Gould

The legal right of a taxpayer to decrease the amount of what otherwise would be his taxes, or altogether avoid them, by means which the law permits, cannot be doubted.

— George Sutherland

It’s a law of our natures, especially when the political fit is on us, to applaud where we already approve, and deride where we don’t.

— Howard Jacobson

Societies cannot move forward without law, and our constitution is the cornerstone of the law and our National Assembly is its umbrella and fortress.

— Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

We are a constitutional monarchy. I don’t order laws, I propose them. Article 35 of our constitution states that the king can only refuse a law of parliament once, then he has to sign it – if the same law is then supported by a two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament.

— Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

You look at the descriptions of Whitey by law enforcement during his early years, and they sum him up pretty well. He was the same guy 40 years later he just had $40 million more, and had committed 40 more murders.

— Howie Carr

We believe that unilateral sanctions violate international law, in fact. They violate free trade. They violate human growth and development, human development, and that when you actually sanction a bank of a country, the meaning of it is quite clear. You’re sanctioning medicine for the people.

— Hassan Rouhani

With faith and gratitude to Allah the almighty, I declare that tomorrow, Thursday May 1, 2014, will see the enforcement of sharia law phase one, to be followed by the other phases.

— Hassanal Bolkiah

Theory states that Allah’s law is cruel and unfair, but Allah himself has said that his law is indeed fair.

— Hassanal Bolkiah

I think people enjoyed LA Law so much, because it was the first show that delved into current events through the prism of the law.

— Harry Hamlin

The risk of pollution exists for the infosphere as it does for the atmosphere. Freedom of the infosphere should thus become a law, and the Bible needs to have an 11th commandment: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s data.

— Hubert Burda

The epoch of Customary Law, and of its custody by a privileged order, is a very remarkable one.

— Henry James Sumner Maine

When primitive law has once been embodied in a Code, there is an end to what may be called its spontaneous development.

— Henry James Sumner Maine

Not that I wish by any means to deny, that the mental life of individuals and peoples is also in conformity with law, as is the object of philosophical, philological, historical, moral, and social sciences to establish.

— Hermann von Helmholtz

I then endeavoured to show that it is more especially in the thorough conformity with law which natural phenomena and natural products exhibit, and in the comparative ease with which laws can be stated, that this difference exists.

— Hermann von Helmholtz

The law in question asserts, that the quantity of force which can be brought into action in the whole of Nature is unchangeable, and can neither be increased nor diminished.

— Hermann von Helmholtz

I am telling you before anything, that the blood of the martyrs and the injured will not go in vain. And I would like to affirm, I will not hesitate to punish those who are responsible fiercely. I will hold those in charge who have violated the rights of our youth with the harshest punishment stipulated in the law.

— Hosni Mubarak

The privatization law draft was recently released and I believe that very soon we will start applying it, of course taking into consideration the provisions of UNMIK (United Nations Mission in Kosovo).

— Ibrahim Rugova

I’ve been playing both sides of the law my entire career. It’s not really surprising for me to be doing opposing sides simultaneously. I would argue that even though my character on ‘Hawaii Five-0’ originated on the wrong side of the law, I’d say he’s worked his way over to the good side.

— Ian Anthony Dale

Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.

— Immanuel Kant

My position is that since the non-secular status of my garden is not recognised by the law by the world of the public, then the garden can only be private. So, I closed the garden to the public.

— Ian Hamilton Finlay

The South is brutalized to a degree not realized by its own inhabitants, and the very foundation of government, law and order, are imperilled.

— Ida B. Wells

Thus lynch law held sway in the far West until civilization spread into the Territories and the orderly processes of law took its place. The emergency no longer existing, lynching gradually disappeared from the West.

— Ida B. Wells

The South resented giving the Afro-American his freedom, the ballot box and the Civil Rights Law.

— Ida B. Wells

What I perceive, is above all justice, where everyone has the same law.

— Imran Khan

Unfortunately, the diplomatic destruction Netanyahu is causing will lead Israel to lose its Jewish majority and become a binational state. This unfortunate fact is something no law can hide.

— Isaac Herzog

Fidelity and allegiance sworn to the King is only such a fidelity and obedience as is due to him by the law of the land for were that faith and allegiance more than what the law requires, we would swear ourselves slaves and the King absolute whereas, by the law, we are free men, notwithstanding those oaths.

— Isaac Newton

When your conscience says law is immoral, don’t follow it.

— Jack Kevorkian

Serbia has shown enough patience, but it has also sent a clear and strong message that the law must be respected and that no one is stronger than the state.

— Ivica Dacic

Order is the first law of heaven, and you have to have order to survive on Earth. Figure out what has to be done each day, each week, each year and develop a system to achieve it.

— Iyanla Vanzant

Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law.

— James A. Baldwin

The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.

— James Allen

Ever since Adam’s day, the divine law of the Sabbath has been emphasized repeatedly over the centuries more than any other commandment. This long emphasis alone is an indication of its importance.

— James E. Faust

Homemaking is whatever you make of it. Every day brings satisfaction along with some work which may be frustrating, routine, and unchallenging. But it is the same in the law office, the dispensary, the laboratory, or the store. There is, however, no more important job than homemaking.

— James E. Faust

The time has come for President Obama to formally rescind his order to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and end his irresponsible allegations of injustices at the facility, which operates in a framework that respects the rule of law, keeps terrorists off American soil, and bolsters our national security.

— Jason Chaffetz

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty and that’s the law.

— Jerry Seinfeld

What is the American dream? The American dream is one big tent. One big tent. And on that big tent you have four basic promises: equal protection under the law, equal opportunity, equal access, and fair share.

— Jesse Jackson

No true believer could be intolerant or a persecutor. If I were a magistrate and the law carried the death penalty against atheists, I would begin by sending to the stake whoever denounced another.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

As governor, there isn’t a lot I can do beyond that to crack down on crime. Law enforcement is really a local issue. It’s the cops’ job to tighten down on criminals.

— Jesse Ventura

In recent years – before the intifada – there were three or four incidents of anti-Semitism a year, and that’s out of 18 million crimes and violations of the law.

— Jean-Marie Le Pen

You have to accept the rule of law, even when it’s inconvenient, if you’re going to be a country that bides by the rule of law.

— Jesse Ventura

I couldn’t vote to confirm any candidate who supports executive amnesty. The attorney general is a top law enforcement officer in this country – the senior person – and anyone who occupies that office must have fidelity to the laws of the United States duly passed, and to the Constitution of the United States.

— Jeff Sessions

For any young democracy, the most difficult but important step is burying the legacy of tyranny and establishing an economy and a government and institutions that abide by the rule of law. Every country faces challenges to the rule of law, including my own.

— Joe Biden

The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.

— John Locke

When a law is in its nature a contract, when absolute rights have vested under that contract, a repeal of the law cannot divest those rights. The people can act only by their agents and, within the powers conferred upon them, their acts must be considered as the acts of the people.

— John Marshall

The constitution is either a superior paramount law, unchangeable by ordinary means, or it is on a level with ordinary legislative acts, alterable when the legislature shall please to alter it. It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is. This is the very essence of judicial duty.

— John Marshall

A difference must be made between a decision against the constitutionality of a law of Congress and of a State. The former acts as a restriction on the powers of this government, but the latter as an enlargement.

— John C. Calhoun

The government of the Union, though limited in its powers, is supreme within its sphere of action, and its laws, when made in pursuance of the constitution, form the supreme law of the land.

— John Marshall

When a law is in its nature a contract, when absolute rights have vested under that contract, a repeal of the law cannot divest those rights.

— John Marshall

Everybody that I was in school with had an uncle or father in the law, and I started to realize that I was going to end up writing briefs for about ten years for these fellows who I thought I was smarter than. And I was kind of losing my feeling for that.

— John Wayne

When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell your firmly. Declare everything when you enter Australia.

— Johnny Depp

No Child Left Behind’s fourth-grade gains aren’t learning gains, they’re testing gains. That’s why they don’t last. The law is a distraction from things that really count.

— Jonathan Kozol

In our house, the word of Louis B. Mayer became the law.

— Judy Garland

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.

— Julius Caesar

Those of us in law enforcement must redouble our efforts to resist bias and prejudice. We must better understand the people we serve and protect – by trying to know, deep in our gut, what it feels like to be a law-abiding young black man walking on the street and encountering law enforcement. We must understand how that young man may see us.

— James Comey

The spine of the FBI is the rule of law. The spine of the FBI is a commitment to doing the right thing, in the right way, while protecting civil liberties.

— James Comey

I come from a law enforcement family. My grandfather, William J. Comey, was a police officer. Pop Comey is one of my heroes. I have a picture of him on my wall in my office at the FBI, reminding me of the legacy I’ve inherited and that I must honor.

— James Comey

The FBI has built up substantial expertise to address cyber threats, both in the homeland and overseas. Here at home, the FBI serves as the executive agent for the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), which joins together 19 intelligence, law enforcement, and military agencies to coordinate cyber threat investigations.

— James Comey

The people of the FBI are sworn to protect both security and liberty. It isn’t a question of conflict. We must care deeply about protecting liberty through due process of law, while also safeguarding the citizens we serve – in every investigation.

— James Comey

Law enforcement’s biased view of the Irish lives on in the nickname we still use for the vehicles we use to transport groups of prisoners. It is, after all, the ‘paddy wagon.’ The Irish had tough times, but little compares to the experience on our soil of black Americans.

— James Comey

In 1983, my second year of law school, I became the only white player in the Ogden Park Basketball League at 65th and Racine. My teammates joked that I integrated the league, which I guess is true. They weren’t so much focused on integration as on winning, and they knew you can’t teach height. ‘He can’t jump, but he sure is tall.’

— James Comey

To accomplish its mission, the FBI relies heavily upon its law enforcement and intelligence partners around the nation and around the globe. By combining our resources and our collective expertise, we are able to investigate national security threats that cross both geographical and jurisdictional boundaries.

— James Comey

The promise I’ve tried to honor my entire career, that the rule of law and the design of the founders, right, the oversight of courts and the oversight of Congress will be at the heart of what the FBI does.

— James Comey

In 2008, as a matter of fact, I had people accusing me of being a Senator Obama supporter because I wouldn’t slam him. I said, ‘Well, consider the fact that I voted for impeachment for President Clinton, but it wasn’t a personal vote. I voted based on the facts and the law and the Constitution and what we were dealing with.’

— J. C. Watts

Insofar as international law is observed, it provides us with stability and order and with a means of predicting the behavior of those with whom we have reciprocal legal obligations.

— J. William Fulbright

When we violate the law ourselves, whatever short-term advantage may be gained, we are obviously encouraging others to violate the law we thus encourage disorder and instability and thereby do incalculable damage to our own long-term interests.

— J. William Fulbright

If traditional marriage is not the law of the land, the institution of the family will cease to exist.

— James Dobson

I would like to use the law of this land to do everything I possibly can to protect America’s children from abuse and violence and to give to each of them the opportunity to grow to be strong, healthy and self-sufficient citizens of this country.

— Janet Reno

I want to do what I can to make the law make sense to citizens and businesses alike. I want the laws to assist them in worthwhile endeavors, not to stand as bureaucratic obstacles.

— Janet Reno

As a child, I wanted to be a lawyer because I thought lawyers and the law were wonderful. But they are more wonderful, I think, than I had thought.

— Janet Reno

We cannot forget the need to use the law as a shield, but we must remember other forces of the law.

— Janet Reno

One of the reasons I love the law is because I was raised in family – my grandfather was a lawyer, but more importantly, my grandmother was his secretary. And she taught me that lawyers were some of the most civil, most courteous – and in those days, most courtly – people that she knew.

— Janet Reno

All lawyers are going to have to – if we really want to attain civil justice – address the issue of how complicated we have made the laws: what we have done to ensnarl the American people in bureaucratic rules and regulations that make access to services or compliance with the law sometimes difficult, if not impossible.

— Janet Reno

In 1960, when I graduated from college, people told me a woman couldn’t go to law school. And when I graduated from law school, people told me, ‘Law firms won’t hire you.’

— Janet Reno

When I was fresh out of law school, I had a burning desire to do something important, to have an impact in some way, but I didn’t know what it was.

— Jennifer Granholm

Whether it’s their Sharia law and birther conspiracies or their unwillingness to buck Grover Norquist’s no-tax pledge, the Tea Partiers have hijacked their party and carried it all the way to the right.

— Jennifer Granholm

Because of the nature of Moore’s law, anything that an extremely clever graphics programmer can do at one point can be replicated by a merely competent programmer some number of years later.

— John Carmack

If it weren’t for Moore’s law changing the playing field continuously, I would have been long gone. The rapid pace of hardware evolution still keeps things fresh for me.

— John Carmack

The first is the law, the last prerogative.

— John Dryden

If you ain’t thinkin’ about man and God and law, then you ain’t thinkin’ about nothin’.

— Joe Strummer

The irony is that ‘looking down on everybody else’ is a violation of the law of love, which, according to Jesus, is the absolute essence of righteousness.

— John Ortberg

It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.

— John Paul Jones

President Ronald Reagan used to speak of the Soviet constitution, and he noted that it purported to grant wonderful rights of all sorts to people. But those rights were empty promises, because that system did not have an independent judiciary to uphold the rule of law and enforce those rights.

— John Roberts

A justice is not like a law professor, who might say, ‘This is my theory… and this is what I’m going to be faithful to and consistent with,’ and in twenty years will look back and say, ‘I had a consistent theory of the First Amendment as applied to a particular area.’

— John Roberts

I don’t type on the computer or edit. Law students who went to law school really just a couple years after I did were brought up all on the computers and that’s how they do it, but I was still part of the older school.

— John Roberts

There’s a lot of the Midwest and the West in Justice Rehnquist’s approach to constitutional law. And by that I mean a recognition that people know pretty well how to govern themselves, that government that is closest to the people is apt to be more responsive to their legitimate concerns and needs.

— John Roberts

I am charged with violating pledges which I never gave and because I execute what I believe to be the law, with usurping powers not conferred by law and above all, with using the powers conferred upon the President by the Constitution, from corrupt motives and for unwarrantable ends.

— John Tyler

On January 10, 1963, I was sworn in as a lawyer, so next January 10 I will have practiced law for 40 years, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

— Johnnie Cochran

True freedom requires the rule of law and justice, and a judicial system in which the rights of some are not secured by the denial of rights to others.

— Jonathan Sacks

The Torah is the foundational text for Jewish law, but the Haggadah is our book of living memory. We are not merely telling a story here. We are being called to a radical act of empathy. Here we are, embarking on an ancient, perennial attempt to give human lives – our lives – dignity.

— Jonathan Safran Foer

Language is political. That’s why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that’s why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law.

— June Jordan

Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: Every single one was a liar.

— J. Edgar Hoover

The most important of all rights is the right to life, and I cannot foresee a day when domesticated animals will be granted that right in law.

— J. M. Coetzee

It’s very difficult for the family members of ICE agents, and it’s very difficult for ICE agents to know what’s right and what’s wrong and why should I get engaged and go out there and enforce the law when I don’t know what it means any more to have consequences.

— James Lankford

This is why it’s bad to run a country by executive order: because our nation runs on laws – when everyone knows the law, and everyone knows what it is, you know both the law and the consequence, and you get that.

— James Lankford

When a president makes up law as he goes, no one knows what the law is anymore.

— James Lankford

A Christian is Christ in the inward humanity and a Jew is Christ in the figure, and in the office of his law, viz. according to nature.

— Jakob Bohme

O God and Lord, now the council condemns even Your own act and Your own law as heresy, since You Yourself did lay Your cause before Your Father as the just judge, as an example for us, whenever we are sorely oppressed.

— Jan Hus

Great countries need to secure their border for national security purposes, for economic purposes and for rule of law purposes.

— Jeb Bush

For too long, opponents of the PATRIOT Act have transformed this law into a grossly distorted caricature that bears no relation to the legislation itself.

— Jim Sensenbrenner

The friendships I made on ‘L.A. Law,’ with the cast and Steven Bochco and David Kelley were really wonderful.

— Jimmy Smits

I was asked to speak at a bar association, because there’s an upswing on college applications – in general and for Latinos – because of ‘L.A. Law.’ I went to a couple of functions, and I just felt an energy: It was, you’re doing a good job, but do you realize how important it is?

— Jimmy Smits

The more Americans find out about President Barack Obama’s health care law, the less they like it. A majority of Americans want out.

— John Barrasso

The United States has the world’s largest and most innovative economy, an unmatched rule of law, and a free market that is the envy of the international community. For investors, we are the reserve currency.

— John Delaney

We know that the crime committed by people with guns by criminals, they get the guns by flouting the law to begin with. They don’t go to gun shows.

— John Fleming

It’s all about secular unionism, the advancement of atheism, which they even tried to create in this law – Democrats did – an atheistic chaplaincy.

— John Fleming

Whenever there’s a bad law, it can be repealed or nullified.

— John Fleming

I give off rather mixed messages about the law. On the one hand, I can honestly say I don’t miss working in a law office. On the other hand I do enjoy watching the law and while the profession may have its problems, I have sold zillions of books out of magnifying them.

— John Grisham

I’m still strongly opposed to antismoking laws, strongly opposed to any law that regulates personal behavior.

— John Perry Barlow

Christ’s fishermen should not meddle with men’s law, for men’ s law contains sharp stones and trees by which the net of God is broken, and the fish wend out of the world.

— John Wycliffe

By the law of Christ, every man is bound to love his neighbour as himself but every servant is a neighbour of every civil lord therefore every civil lord must love any of his servants as himself but by natural instinct, every lord abhors slavery therefore, by the law of charity, he is bound not to impose slavery on any brother in Christ.

— John Wycliffe

Nobody is opposed to paying taxes governments need to coordinate, work together and simplify the law.

— Jon Oringer

Listen with grace, with no judgment, without imposing the law.

— Joseph Prince

I’m not saying everything out there is bad and toxic, but there are some things that are not scriptural. For example, some people don’t understand that the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

— Joseph Prince

It is true that legality is not morality, and sticking to the law is necessary for good citizenship, but it is not sufficient.

— Julian Baggini

We already know that anonymous letters are despicable. In etiquette, as well as in law, hiring a hit man to do the job does not relieve you of responsibility.

— Judith Martin

I would have gone to law school, or gotten a psychology degree. I wasn’t interested in sleeping on a futon forever. And what happened is I walked into auditions, and I had nothing to lose, because I had a backup plan.

— Julianna Margulies

It is written in the Jewish law book, the Talmud, that only the Jew is human, that Gentiles are only animals.

— Julius Streicher

The clever, albeit fragile, coalition against terrorism brought together by the U.S. government might be able to advance the transition from classical international law to a cosmopolitan order.

— Jurgen Habermas

The rule of law should be upheld by all political parties. They should neither advise others to break the law, nor encourage others to do so even when they strongly disagree with the legislation put forward by the government of the day.

— James Callaghan

If the law is a bad law, there is always the contingent right to take action that you would not otherwise take.

— James Callaghan

Without Liberty, Law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without Law, Liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.

— James Q. Wilson

One of the litmus tests for judicial conservatism is the idea of judicial restraint – that courts should give substantial deference to the decisions of the political process. When Congress and the president enact a law, conservatives generally say, judges should avoid ‘legislating from the bench.’

— Jeff Greenfield

I know a lot of law officers, and every single one of them faces a moment – usually after about three hours on the job – when they realise that there’s no connection between law and justice. The law, as an institution, avoids justice, subverts it, just as often as it sees it done.

— Jeff Lindsay

Under well-settled legal principles, lethal force against a valid military objective, in an armed conflict, is consistent with the law of war and does not, by definition, constitute an ‘assassination.’

— Jeh Johnson

ISIL, AQ, now have the ability to literally reach into our homeland through social media, through the Internet, to recruit and inspire. It makes for a more complicated homeland security environment. And so it requires a whole of government approach, not just military and law enforcement, homeland security, aviation security, and the like.

— Jeh Johnson

I thought I wanted to be an electrical engineer, which I turned out to be. But I was always curious about other things too, and what if I got interested in history or the law?

— Jerry Yang

We have always been a great national party, with views on all the main issues. We recognise that what matters to people most are those things that affect their daily lives: schools, hospitals, transport and law and order and we have plenty to say about them.

— John Redwood

There is no law that says a man who earned a hundred million dollars in his first half-dozen years on the job has to be a decent human being, but Mike Eisner is that and more.

— Joseph Barbera

This is a case if the President is permitted to be above the law, then we no longer have a republic.

— James Bovard

The vision that the founding fathers had of rule of law and equality before the law and no one above the law, that is a very viable vision, but instead of that, we have quasi mob rule.

— James Bovard

No civilized society can long exist, with an active power in its bosom that is stronger than the law.

— James F. Cooper

The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power, and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society.

— James F. Cooper

It wouldn’t matter whether you were Latino or Hispanic or Norwegian. If you didn’t have proof of citizenship and if the police officer had reasonable suspicion, he would ask and verify your citizenship. I mean, that’s the way that it is. That’s what the federal law says. And that’s what the law in Arizona says.

— Jan Brewer

Law enforcement in the state of Arizona supports Senate Bill 1070. We have many organizations and groups of the officers on the ground that understand the problem, need another tool in order to address the problem and support it wholeheartedly.

— Jan Brewer

The Obama administration, seemingly without any concern or worry, funneled money around U.S. law through foreign central banks to provide a state sponsor of terrorism with $400 million in blood money for American hostages.

— Jeff Duncan

The recent fascination, I think, reflects the shift in approach by law enforcement officials to embrace technology as wholeheartedly as the rest of the world.

— Jeffery Deaver

I’m a combative person, I know I am, and the greatest thing about law school was I learned to fight with my brain. I clarified something to myself. No matter how much you want to live in the white man’s world, you either live by what you believe in, or you die.

— Jim Webb

I have compassion, I’ve told you people that over and over again. Enforcing the law overrides my compassion.

— Joe Arpaio

This is the sheriff you’re talking about, with a gun and badge that enforces the law. Nothing is going to stop me from cracking down on illegal immigration as long as the laws are there.

— Joe Arpaio

This resolution simply says Israel has the right to defend itself. This includes conducting operations both inside its borders and in the territory of nations that threaten it, which is in accordance with international law.

— John Boehner

I’ve been in the government bureaucracy, I’ve practiced law, I’ve done a lot of different things.

— John Bolton

However difficult it may be to bring it about, some form of world government, with agreed international law and means of enforcing the law, is inevitable.

— John Boyd Orr

If the views I have expressed be right, we can think of our civilization evolving with the growth of knowledge from small wandering tribes to large settled law.

— John Boyd Orr

Women ought to be fully guarded by law in all rights of property, labor, profession, etc. but, roughly stated, the voting population ought to represent the fighting population.

— John Boyle O’Reilly

As mayor, I would support law enforcement, not knock it down.

— John Catsimatidis

When we uphold the rule of law, our counterterrorism tools are more likely to withstand the scrutiny of our courts, our allies, and the American people.

— John O. Brennan

We need to make sure that leaks of classified information, of national security secrets, needs to be rigorously pursued and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

— John O. Brennan

We are a nation of laws, and we will always act within the bounds of the law.

— John O. Brennan

When we uphold the rule of law, our counterterrorism tools are more likely to withstand the scrutiny of our courts, our allies, and the American people. And when we uphold the rule of law it provides a powerful alternative to the twisted worldview offered by al-Qa’ida.

— John O. Brennan

In full accordance with the law – and in order to prevent terrorist attacks on the United States and to save American lives – the United States government conducts targeted strikes against specific al-Qa’ida terrorists, sometimes using remotely piloted aircraft, often referred to publicly as drones.

— John O. Brennan

If we destroy human rights and rule of law in the response to terrorism, they have won.

— Joichi Ito

Although we can talk about an Indonesian democracy, or we can talk about democratic elections and democratic rituals – the trappings of democracy – we can’t genuinely talk about democracy in Indonesia because there is not rule of law, and democracy without rule of law is a nonsense.

— Joshua Oppenheimer

I am a believer, but I affirm that in public buildings the law of the Republic overrides religious rules.

— Jean-Pierre Raffarin

I don’t have any respect for judges who arrive at the result first, and then try to figure out some way they can bend the law to reach their particular predilections.

— Jed S. Rakoff

Every law, every constitution, every regulative decision is based upon what people are discussing in their community. It’s based upon our sum knowledge of history and the present.

— Julian Assange

The assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy led directly to the passage of a historic law, the Gun Control Act of 1968.

— Jeffrey Toobin

The role of the defense is to be an advocate for their client, regardless of whether he did it or not, within the bounds of the law.

— Jeffrey Toobin

Well, I was coming off of being on ‘Law & Order,’ and I was a little worried that it might be the end of my career – I’ve never been one of those actors with a lot of confidence that the next good job will come along.

— Jeremy Sisto

In ‘Law & Order,’ your main job is to stay out of the way of the plot. On another show you’d receive your script and see stuff that seems challenging and feel excited that the writers thought highly enough of you to write it for you.

— Jeremy Sisto

Since September 11, 2001, many in this nation and this Congress have a deeper appreciation for the importance of the sacrifices made by our law enforcement officers.

— Jerry Costello

Law & Order’ was amazing but so consuming, I couldn’t get to the stage.

— Jesse L. Martin

Since its enactment in the weeks following the September 11 terrorist attacks, the tools in the Patriot Act have been used by law enforcement to stop more than 400 terrorist threats to our families and communities.

— Jim Gerlach

Unions can play a valuable role in large organisations where it is difficult to talk to a thousand people. They can negotiate annual pay awards with management, represent grievance cases, and explain and advise on complicated changes in employment or pension law.

— Jim Ratcliffe

If we are to believe that our immigration laws simply have no value, as our current policies would have us believe, should we then simply throw them all out, the entire lot of immigration law? I hope not.

— John Linder

Under current law, there is no additional penalty for someone who enters the United States illegally and then commits either a crime of violence or a drug trafficking offense. They simply come under the same penalty as we have in current law.

— John Shadegg

For years, there was no man in the house when my husband was off on law cases in the Far East. Without writing, I would have been bored and unfaithful, maybe both, and the children would have been hideously over-protected.

— Jane Gardam

If you are charged with this responsibility of enhancing interrogations, or using soldiers to enhance interrogations to find Saddam, and you’re above the law for all practical purposes, you might try some unusual techniques. Now we know that, in fact, they did.

— Janis Karpinski
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