100+ Best Law Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Law Quotes

We must not try to force him to take civilization immediately in its complete form, but under just laws, guaranteeing to Indians equal civil laws, the Indian question, a source of such dishonor to our country and of shame to true patriots, will soon be a thing of the past. — George Crook

If you can manipulate news, a judge can manipulate the law. A smart lawyer can keep a killer out of jail, a smart accountant can keep a thief from paying taxes, a smart reporter could ruin your reputation- unfairly. — Mario Cuomo

We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones. — Jules Verne

Law makes long spokes of the short stakes of men. — William Empson

I have an affinity for the law. I like looking at the small type on contracts, and if I could have afforded law school, I probably would have gone. — Octavia Spencer

The proposal that men and women should be treated equally under the law is hardly a controversial concept. — Carolyn Maloney

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

Finally, a good prosecutor knows that her job is to enforce the law without fear or favor. Likewise, a Supreme Court Justice must interpret the laws without fear or favor. — Amy Klobuchar

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a congress. — Peter Stone

Catholicism is a wide tent in terms of political and legal positions. We could have nine Catholics on the Supreme Court and a great deal of diversity toward the law. — Cass Sunstein

If I am going to pick and choose the laws I defend, I wouldn’t be doing my duty as attorney general. — Kelly Ayotte

In recent years, the choice of drugs on these reservations and throughout my district has been methamphetamines. It has destroyed the rule of law among the reservation people. It is killing our tribal youth in this country. — Rick Renzi

I believe that the Laws of Karma do not apply to show business, where good things happen to bad people on a fairly regular basis. — Chuck Lorre

The purpose that brought the fourteenth amendment into being was equality before the law, and equality, not separation, was written into the law. — Robert Bork

I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and I have not provided false information to this or any other committee. — Lois Lerner

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

A judge can’t have any preferred outcome in any particular case. The judge’s only obligation – and it’s a solemn obligation – is to the rule of law. — Samuel Alito

Who thinks the law has anything to do with justice? It’s what we have because we can’t have justice. — William McIlvanney

As a practising lawyer, I was mediocre, but I worked hard as a law officer of the state government and on the private side. After becoming a judge, I maintained a low profile in other activities and concentrated only on judicial work. — P. Sathasivam

I myself believe that there will one day be time travel because when we find that something isn’t forbidden by the over-arching laws of physics we usually eventually find a technological way of doing it. — David Deutsch

I’ve led a school whose faculty and students examine and discuss and debate every aspect of our law and legal system. And what I’ve learned most is that no one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom. I’ve learned that we make progress by listening to each other, across every apparent political or ideological divide. — Elena Kagan

What five members of the Supreme Court say the law is may be something vastly different from what Congress intended the law to be. — Benjamin Franklin Fairless

If we want to boost border security, we have to help law enforcement agencies beef up their resources to meet this demand. We cannot have one without the other. — Henry Cuellar

All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws. — John Coltrane

How can you practice dancing in an airplane? There’s a law against it. — George Murphy

Good laws are the offspring of bad actions. — Charles Macklin

Our lady the Common Law is a very wise old lady though she still has something to learn in telling what she knows. — Frederick Pollock

There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice that dares not stand up against blatant violations of justice. — Kurt Huber

I’ve always been driven by the concept of equal justice under the law, but only the rich can pay great sums of money for legal assistance and that puts them at an advantage over the poor. — Samuel Dash

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

No law can give power to private persons; every law transfers power from private persons to government. — Isabel Paterson

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

Later in that administration, I was asked to take a job which I had to turn down as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs because we were just then putting together the merger of two small law firms that became this law firm. I couldn’t leave them at that point. — Lloyd Cutler

I draw a distinction between traditional Islam and Islamism. Islamism emerged in its modern form in the 1920s and is driven by a belief that Muslims can be strong and rich again if they follow the Islamic law severely and in its entirety. This is a response to the trauma of modern Islam. — Daniel Pipes

Law enforcement officers are never ‘off duty.’ They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place that the peace is threatened. They need all the help that they can get. — Barbara Boxer

Before, Europe was about treaties, laws and our sovereign right to govern ourselves. Now, it’s about everyday lives. — Nigel Farage

The police must obey the law while enforcing the law. — Earl Warren

Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals. — George Washington

My children have no prejudices at all. My own brother-in-law is Jewish! — Dorothy Kilgallen

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

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

Voter caging and voter ID laws exist to disfranchise voters. — Cynthia McKinney

The issue of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals has vexed politicians for decades. I have my own cloudy history with the issue, having supported a law in Mississippi that made it illegal for LGBT couples to adopt children. I believed at the time this was a principled position based on my faith. — Ronnie Musgrove

I try to live the moment and not obey laws, rules, conventions, or norms; to react to a sensation, a feeling, or an emotion. You can’t program emotion. — Anne Parillaud

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

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

The hate and scorn showered on us Negro officers by our fellow Americans convinced me that there was no sense in my dying for a world ruled by them. I made up my mind that if I got through this war I would study law and use my time fighting for men who could not strike back. — Charles Hamilton Houston

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

The concept that flourished during the most glorious periods of republican Rome and that appeared in the Twelve Tables of the Law as one of the first, though as yet imperfect, affirmations of the rights of man, inspired the struggle between patricians and plebeians. — Ernesto Teodoro Moneta

Mob law is the most forcible expression of an abnormal public opinion; it shows that society is rotten to the core. — Timothy Thomas Fortune

The constant assumption runs throughout the law that the natural and spontaneous evolutions of habit fix the limits of right and wrong. — Benjamin Cardozo

Newman’s second law: Just when things look darkest, they go black. — Paul Newman

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

When and under what conditions is the black man to have a free ballot? When is he in fact to have those full civil rights which have so long been his in law? — Benjamin Harrison

I have done my duty by the laws of my people and I am sorry my people were led this time by men who were not soldiers and that crimes were committed of which I had no knowledge. — Ernst Kaltenbrunner

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

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

The death penalty, I think, is a terrible scar on American justice, especially the concept of equal justice under law, but also of due process. And it goes state by state, and it’s different in different states. — Burke Marshall

The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else. — Barry Commoner

They say making laws is like making sausages. You shouldn’t watch. It’s the same for acting, especially for the actor who works unconsciously. — Ed Asner

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

In such a state, humility is the virtue of men, and their only defense; to walk humbly with God, never doubting, whatever befall, that His will is good, and that His law is right. — Paul Elmer More

If Al Gore had allowed us and if the Florida Supreme Court had not intervened and rewritten the law, which theyre not supposed to do, we could have certified, which is a mere procedural action, and then after that, they could have petitioned any justice for a recount statewide with uniform standards. — Katherine Harris

I was quite convinced that I didn’t want to be a lawyer. But I felt that law school would be a useful way to understand public policy and to understand business in this environment. — Kevin Warsh

The backbone of our nation’s domestic defense against terrorist attacks will continue to be the men and women in local law enforcement and emergency services. — Saxby Chambliss

In my public service, I treasure my friendship with law enforcement officers. I admire what they do and support them in every aspect of their job. I have always looked upon law enforcement officers as my friends. — Dirk Kempthorne

The more we learn of science, the more we see that its wonderful mysteries are all explained by a few simple laws so connected together and so dependent upon each other, that we see the same mind animating them all. — Olympia Brown

The law is an adroit mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror. — Peter Kropotkin

Once I decide to do something, I want to win in the worst way. I will do anything within the law to win. — Theodore J. Forstmann

The only thing more intimidating than a huge international film star is your mother-in-law. — Benjamin Walker

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

We cannot build foundations of a state without rule of law. — Mahmoud Abbas

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

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

It is always possible for the court to overreach its proper bounds and perhaps declare a lot of laws unconstitutional and frustrate the will of the majority in a way that it ought not be frustrated. — William Rehnquist

A car is like a mother-in-law – if you let it, it will rule your life. — Jaime Lerner

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

When you have police officers who abuse citizens, you erode public confidence in law enforcement. That makes the job of good police officers unsafe. — Mary Frances Berry

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

If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable. — Louis D. Brandeis

Marriage is an institution fits in perfect harmony with the laws of nature; whereas systems of slavery and segregation were designed to brutally oppress people and thereby violated the laws of nature. — Jack Kingston

I was a crown attorney in my home town in Nova Scotia, and I learned that victims of crime needed better laws to better protect them. I saw politics as a means to improve this protection for them. — Peter MacKay

Marriage laws, the police, armies and navies are the mark of human incompetence. — Dora Russell

No matter who you are or what you intend to do, you should not exceed the boundaries of the rule of law. — Li Keqiang

You can have all the gun control laws in the country, but if you don’t enforce them, people are going to find a way to protect themselves. We need to recognize that bad people are doing bad things with these weapons. It’s not the law-abiding citizens, it’s not the person who uses it as a hobby. — Michael Steele

Some ISPs are blocking all BitTorrent traffic, because BitTorrent can be used to share files in a piratical way. Hollywood lobbying groups are trying to pass laws which would force ISPs to block or degrade BitTorrent traffic, too. Personally, I think this is like closing down freeways because a bank robber could use them to get away. — Wil Wheaton

In an instant, the law was transformed: from the last passenger on the safe-haven bandwagon to a pioneer into uncharted territory. For the first time in American history, it was not only legal to relinquish a baby; in Nebraska, it was okay to abandon any child of any age for any reason at any time – with the full protection of the law. — Wil S. Hylton

Our government… teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. — Louis D. Brandeis

The media has brainwashed the electorate to expect the government to do something. The best economic policy of any government is to do nothing but reduce the size of the government, reduce the size of the laws, and reduce the size of regulations. — Marc Faber

If this work can contribute in any way toward 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. — Ida B. Wells

I write against the religion because if women want to live like human beings, they will have to live outside the religion and Islamic law. — Taslima Nasrin

To solve the problem of organizing world peace we must establish world law and order. — Arthur Henderson

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

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

There is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those who cannot. — Derek Bok

At first, laws evolved out of religious doctrines. It followed that they were recognized only when advantageous to those who practiced the same religion and who appeared equals under the protection of the same gods. For the members of all other cults, there was neither law nor mercy. — Leon Bourgeois

I think you can get to a point where nihilism, if that’s the right word, is overwhelming, and the basic laws that society has set up – either religious or social laws – become meaningless. — Bruce Springsteen

I would uphold the law if for no other reason but to protect myself. — Thomas More

The function of the law is not to provide justice or to preserve freedom. The function of the law is to keep those who hold power, in power. — Gerry Spence

Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation. — Atifete Jahjaga

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