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As long as judges tinker with the Constitution to 'do what the people want,' instead of what the document actually commands, politicians who pick and confirm new federal judges will naturally want only those who agree with them politically.
Antonin Scalia

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2.
Forget not that the grossest crime is to compromise with injustice and wrong. Remember the eternal law: you must give, if you want to get.
Subhas Chandra Bose

Do not succumb to injustice and evil. Hold fast to the immutable truth: give freely if you desire to receive.
3.
I have to keep law and order and it means that I have to kill my enemies before they kill me.
Idi Amin

I must maintain justice and order, which necessitates eliminating my adversaries before they have the chance to eliminate me.
4.
When you say there's too much evil in this world you assume there's good. When you assume there's good, you assume there's such a thing as a moral law on the basis of which to differentiate between good and evil. But if you assume a moral law, you must posit a moral Law Giver, but that's Who you're trying to disprove and not prove. Because if there's no moral Law Giver, there's no moral law. If there's no moral law, there's no good. If there's no good, there's no evil. What is your question?
Ravi Zacharias

5.
When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner.
Baron de Montesquieu

6.
The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics.
Galileo Galilei

God has inscribed the principles of nature in a mathematical dialect.
7.
Persuade your fellow citizens it's a good idea and pass a law. That's what democracy is all about. It's not about nine superannuated judges who have been there too long, imposing these demands on society.
Antonin Scalia

8.
Black people know what white people mean when they say “law and order”.
Fannie Lou Hamer

Understand that when Caucasians speak of 'law and order', African-Americans comprehend the connotation.
9.
When tyranny becomes law, rebellion is a right.
Simon Bolivar

Oppression is legitimized, defiance is justified.
10.
Anti-Semitism is dangerous for the toilers, for it is a false track which diverts them from the proper road and leads them into the jungle. Hence, Communists, as consistent internationalists, cannot but be irreconcilable and bitter enemies of anti-Semitism. In the U.S.S.R., anti-Semitism is strictly prosecuted as a phenomenon hostile to the Soviet system. According to the laws of the U.S.S.R. active anti-Semites are punished with death.
Joseph Stalin

11.
Do what you think is right and let the law catch up.
Thurgood Marshall

Take the initiative and await legal recognition.
12.
Sir Isaac Newton was asked how he discovered the law of gravity. He replied, "By thinking about it all the time.
Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton was questioned as to how he uncovered the law of gravity. He responded, "Through constant contemplation."
13.
The true laboratory is the mind, where behind illusions we uncover the laws of truth.
Jagadish Chandra Bose

The genuine research facility is the psyche, where underneath deceptions we expose the principles of reality.
14.
Though liberty is established by law,
we must be vigilant,
for liberty to enslave us is always present under that very liberty.
Our Constitution speaks of the "general welfare of the people." Under that phrase all sorts of excesses can be employed by lusting tyrants to make us bondsmen.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

15.
The process of democracy is one of change. Our laws are not frozen into immutable form, they are constantly in the process of revision in response to the needs of a changing society.
Thurgood Marshall

The mechanism of democracy is one of transformation. Our regulations are not fixed as unalterable structures, they are always undergoing amendment in answer to the necessities of a fluctuating society.
16.
You must make women count as much as men; you must have an equal standard of morals; and the only way to enforce that is through giving women political power so that you can get that equal moral standard registered in the laws of the country. It is the only way.
Emmeline Pankhurst

17.
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
Baron de Montesquieu

The oppressive power of legalised injustice is the harshest form of despotism.
18.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
Thomas Jefferson

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

Those who search for the principles of Nature to help them in their creations join forces with the divine.
20.
There exists a law,
not written down anywhere but inborn in our hearts;
a law which comes to us not by training or custom or reading but by derivation and absorption and adoption from nature itself;
a law which has come to us not from theory but from practice,
not by instruction but by natural intuition.
I refer to the law which lays it down that,
if our lives are endangered by plots or violence or armed robbers or enemies,
any and every method of protecting ourselves is morally right.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

21.
When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.
Thomas Jefferson

When oppression is enshrined in law, defiance becomes an obligation.
22.
Daily the Negro is coming more and more to look upon law and justice, not as protecting safeguards, but as sources of humiliation and oppression. The laws are made by men who have little interest in him; they are executed by men who have absolutely no motive for treating the black people with courtesy or consideration; and, finally, the accused law-breaker is tried, not by his peers, but too often by men who would rather punish ten innocent Negroes than let one guilty one escape.
W. E. B. Du Bois

23.
The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.
James Madison

The destiny and triumph of America is not enshrined in this Constitution, but rather rests upon the sacred decrees of God which this Constitution is based on.
24.
The sanctity of law can be maintained only so long as it is the expression of the will of the people.
Bhagat Singh

The inviolability of law can be safeguarded only when it embodies the aspirations of the populace.
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Laws should be made to serve the people. People should not be made to serve the laws.
Huey Newton

Laws should be crafted to benefit the populace. The population should not be compelled to obey the laws.
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Male and female citizens, being equal in the eyes of the law, must be equally admitted to all honors, positions, and public employment according to their capacity and without other distinctions besides those of their virtues and talents.
Olympe de Gouges

27.
In the state of nature... all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law.
Baron de Montesquieu

At the outset of life, all individuals are endowed with equivalence, yet this parity is lost as soon as they enter into society. To reclaim it requires the intercession of legal authority.
28.
The Court's decision reflects the philosophy that judges should endure whatever interpretive distortions it takes in order to correct a supposed flaw in the statutory machinery. That philosophy ignores the American people's decision to give Congress '[a]ll legislative Powers' enumerated in the Constitution. They made Congress, not this Court, responsible for both making laws and mending them.
Antonin Scalia

29.
Take a look at the police and how they treat you, Take a look at these corporations that cheat you. Democrats and Republicans are all see-through. Now we votin for the lesser of two evils... Man, don't let 'em deceive you. This is an autocracy, not a democracy, But to call this a democracy without mock interest In the laws of society? That's called hypocrisy.
KRS-One

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Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.
Benjamin Franklin

Liberty is not a favor given to us by others, but an entitlement that we are entitled to under the decrees of the divine and nature.
31.
There is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience.
Stokely Carmichael

There is a greater authority than the ruling of government. That is the ruling of one's conscience.
32.
It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.
Hassan al-Banna

It is inherent in Islam to be the ruling force, not to be ruled, to impose its regulations upon all nations and extend its influence over the entire world.
33.
Charity is the filthiest invention of the human mind: first you steal what belongs to everyone; then you use the law and various other means to protect it. You give charity to prevent the have-nots from rebelling against you. It also makes you feel less guilty. All do-gooders feel 'high' when they do good.
U.G. Krishnamurti

34.
The laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Can it be supposed that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity...will respect the less important and arbitrary ones... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
Cesare Beccaria

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Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Paul the Apostle

36.
But if the laws are to be so trampled upon with impunity, and a minority is to dictate to the majority, there is an end put at one stroke to republican government, and nothing but anarchy and confusion is to be expected thereafter.
George Washington

37.
The law condemns the best of us; but grace saves the worst of us.
Joseph Prince

The statute censures the most exemplary among us; yet mercy rescues the least meritorious of us.
38.
It's an universal law-- intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

39.
A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.
Alexander Hamilton

40.
Do you see law and order? There is nothing but disorder, and instead of law there is the illusion of security. It is an illusion because it is built on a long history of injustices: racism, criminality, and the genocide of millions. Many people say it is insane to resist the system, but actually, it is insane not to.
Mumia Abu-Jamal

41.
Fight back! Whenever you are offered violence, fight back! The aggressor does not fear the law, so he must be taught to fear you. Whatever the risk, and at whatever the cost, fight back!
Jeff Cooper

Resist! Whenever you are faced with aggression, resist! The assailant shows no regard for the law, so they must be made to fear you. Regardless of the danger and whatever it may cost, defy them!
42.
The Afro-American is not a bestial race. If this work can contribute in any way towards proving this, and at the same time arouse the conscience of the American people to a demand for justice to every citizen, and punishment by law for the lawless, I shall feel I have done my race a service. Other considerations are of minor importance.
Ida B. Wells

43.
One king, one law, one faith.
Louis XIV

'One sovereign, one statute, one creed.'
44.
What you think upon grows. Whatever you allow to occupy your mind you magnify in your life. Whether the subject of your thought be good or bad, the law works and the condition grows. Any subject that you keep out of your mind tends to diminish in your life, because what you do not use atrophies. The more you think of grievances, the more such trials you will continue to receive; the more you think of the good fortune you have had, the more good fortune will come to you.
Emmet Fox

45.
The rule of law should be respected so that the basic structure of our democracy is maintained and further strengthened.
Lal Bahadur Shastri

The edict of law should be held in high regard so that the fundamental framework of our democracy is fortified and augmented.
46.
All people make mistakes. All of us are sinners. All of us are criminals. All of us violate the law at some point in our lives. In fact, if the worst thing you have ever done is speed ten miles over the speed limit on the freeway, you have put yourself and others at more risk of harm than someone smoking marijuana in the privacy of his or her living room. Yet there are people in the United States serving life sentences for first-time drug offenses, something virtually unheard of anywhere else in the world.
Michelle Alexander

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

If you must transgress the rules, do so to gain control: in all other circumstances adhere to them.
48.
But who is to decide who truly fears the Lord? The magistrate has no power to enforce religious demands. The laws of the First Table of the Ten Commandments are not regulations for a civil society or a political order. They belong to the realm of religion, not politics.
Roger Williams

49.
This is the first lesson ye should learn: There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, it doesn't behoove any of us to speak evil of the rest of us. This is a universal law, and until one begins to make application of same, one may not go very far in spiritual or soul development.
Edgar Cayce

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The only dependable law of life - everything is always worse than you thought it was going to be.
Dorothy Parker

The immutable truth of existence - always more arduous than anticipated.