100+ Best Rules Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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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

If the IAAF feel that is the right way to go for TV rights and everything, the rule will stay. As much as I want to be on the podium, tonight is a sad night for athletics. — Kim Collins

Nigeria, with the oil sector, had the reputation of being corrupt and not managing its own public finances well. So what did we try to do? We introduced a fiscal rule that de-linked our budget from the oil price. — Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done. — John Lubbock

It would be too frightening for me to consider myself a role model. But I like the idea of not being afraid of letting your imagination rule you, to feel the freedom of expression, to let creativity be your overwhelming drive rather than other things. — Florence Welch

I have but one rule at my table. You may leave your cabbage, but you’ll sit still and behave until I’ve eaten mine. — Laurie Graham

The first rule to living in America is ‘Stop tap dancing, you fool!’. — Ryan Stiles

Some may claim that is it unscientific to speak of the operations of nature as miracles. But the point of the title lies in the paradox of finding so many wonderful things subservient to the rule of law. — Elisha Gray

Influence is best measured not only by military hardware and GDP, but also by other people’s perceptions that we, the United States, are using our power legitimately. That belief – that we are acting in the interests of the global commons and in accordance with the rule of law – is what the military would call a ‘force multiplier.’ — Samantha Power

The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon. — Charles Buxton

It was very much a cry for democratic control at that time. Above all, breaking the accomplished power of a few people to rule the lives of everybody else. — Barbara Castle

The rule of law is the basis for any democracy. And without the rule of law in democracy, you have chaos. — Meles Zenawi

If we strive to strengthen our body now; to overcome our faults; to cultivate new virtues; the Sun of our next life will rise under much more auspicious conditions than those under which we now live, and thus we may truly rule our stars and master our fate. — Max Heindel

I don’t really have a drive toward being a director at all. Not that I wouldn’t rule it out, but I just don’t think my instincts lie necessarily in a very visual way. But I am very interested in storytelling, narrative and character development, so writing is something that I absolutely want to do. — Rose McIver

The reason I like the criminal justice system is there aren’t Republican or Democrat victims or police officers or prosecutors. It’s about respect for the rule of law! — Trey Gowdy

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

Of course, women have long exercised influence behind the scenes. A few thousand years ago this drove Aristotle to distraction: ‘What difference does it make whether women rule or the rulers are ruled by women? The result is the same.’ — Stacy Schiff

It’s possible that we could change a human gene and double our life span. I don’t know if that’s true, but we can’t rule that out. — Cynthia Kenyon

I’ve also said you don’t rule any options out, because if you are in public life because you want to make a difference… obviously, you have to be open to those kind of possibilities. — John Thune

There must be a rule of thumb in pop-culture archaeology that states that the allure of any topic is inversely related to its assigned importance in the affairs of humanity. The more trivial the subject, the dearer it is to most of its partisans and the more worthy of scholarship. The smallest things in life often mean the most to people. — Paul Di Filippo

I wholeheartedly support the aspirations of the Ukrainian people for a democratic, free and just society where the rule of law prevails without corruption or government violence directed against citizens. — Marcy Kaptur

For most part, the rule of thumb is pretty much you’re going to race guys hard the last quarter of the race and for sure the last run of the day. You’re still going to give and take until that last pit stop. — Tony Stewart

You can rule ignorance; you can manipulate the illiterate; you can do whatever you want when a people are uneducated, so that goes in line with corrupt business and corrupt politics. — will.i.am

I love Captain Cold. I have him on my door at the office. He’s grounded; he doesn’t want to rule the world. He’s not necessarily driven by ego, which a lot of villains are. — Geoff Johns

Connections and relationships are important everywhere, anywhere – of course in China, because the rule of law it is not as strong as in the West, so a lot would rely on personal relationships. — Vincent Lo

If I can do something in less than one minute, I don’t let myself procrastinate. I hang up my coat, put newspapers in the recycling, scan and toss a letter. Ever since I wrote about this rule in ‘The Happiness Project,’ I’ve been amazed by how many people have told me that it has made a huge difference in their lives. — Gretchen Rubin

We are not in the regime of Aurangzeb. We are in the regime of rule of law. When rule of law is concerned, it applies to government, it applies to Supreme Court, it applies to everybody. — Veerappa Moily

I was not allowed to take spherical trigonometry because I’d sprained my ankle. Because I’d sprained my ankle, I had an incomplete in gym, phys ed. And the rule was that if you had an incomplete in anything, you were not allowed to take an overload. — William Shockley

I will be vigilant to protect the independence and integrity of the Supreme Court, and I will work to ensure that it upholds the rule of law and safeguards those liberties that make this land one of endless possibilities for all Americans. — John Roberts

Don’t let fear rule your life. Live one day at a time, and never be afraid. — Tammy Faye Bakker

I have to give moral support to my supporters. If I’m not going to fight anymore, that might hurt the feelings of my supporters. They are fighting for democracy. They are fighting for the rule of law. — Thaksin Shinawatra

Will it please you to answer me this and to give me a rule for then I will willingly submit to any truth. — Anne Hutchinson

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

Of course, I prefer organic farming to chemical-dependent farming, but sometimes absolutist organic prescriptions go too far. I don’t even rule out the possibility of genetic modification generating some benign ideas, as long as we can keep them away from monopolists such as Monsanto. — Tristram Stuart

The fundamental job of a toddler is to rule the universe. — Lawrence Kutner

My fate is in the hands of almighty Allah. I will deliver to the Gambian people and if I have to rule this country for one billion years, I will, if Allah says so. — Yahya Jammeh

My love of cleaning is symbolic of my desire to rule the world… I always wear a seat belt because I enjoy being alive… and I like having two eyes, so yes to the safety goggles, too! — Kristan Higgins

There are no more white linen sofas in my house. We have a rule here: Anything below 36 inches has to be brown or black – the color of chocolate or peanut butter! — Candice Olson

There is a simple rule here, a rule of legislation, a rule of business, a rule of life: beyond a certain point, complexity is fraud. You can apply that rule to left-wing social programs, but you can also apply that rule to credit derivatives, hedge funds, all the rest of it. — P. J. O’Rourke

Judges rule on the basis of law, not public opinion, and they should be totally indifferent to pressures of the times. — Warren E. Burger

The most important thing is that you be a good person and you live by the golden rule of do unto others. If you live by that, that’s all I care about. — Rob Reiner

As a rough rule of thumb, I would say the smaller the pond, the more belligerent the fish. — Craig Brown

It is a maxim in philosophy that ambitious men can be never good counselors to princes; the desire of having more is common to great lords, and a desire of rule a great cause of their ruin. — Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

For years I’ve wanted to write about the Australian countryside, but, like most Australians, I’ve only got a tourist’s knowledge of it. I thought that if I disobeyed that basic rule of writing – write about what you know – I’d write a thin and inauthentic book. — Kate Grenville

That’s the reason some schools of thinking don’t rule out a destruction of the Chinese military potential before the situation grows worse than it is today. It’s bad enough now. — Curtis LeMay

I’m basically different things to different people. If it’s a guy, I’m-a probably have my guard up because it’s a street rule that when men come around that I don’t know, I just immediately throw shade on them. But I don’t associate with fellas all that much; if it’s a girl – a beautiful girl – I be nice. — The Notorious B.I.G.

The Dalmatian tribes and the Pannonians, at least of the region of the Save, for a short time obeyed the Roman governors; but they bore the new rule with an ever increasing grudge, above all on account of the taxes, to which they were unaccustomed, and which were relentlessly exacted. — Theodor Mommsen

Japan and Australia share the universal values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental human rights. — Shinzo Abe

So far I go with the Socialists as to think it a pretty general rule that, where monopoly is necessary, it is better in public hands. — Frederick Pollock

Britain is still seen as a beacon for decency, for democracy, for vigorous judges upholding the rule of law and, dare I say it, a free press. I respect the press in theory, but when you see some of the things it writes about you, it’s not exactly a happy relationship. — Cherie Blair

I have a rule in research: The third time you hear something, it’s generally true. — James L. Brooks

Things said by political parties are different from the decisions of the government which are taken to uphold the rule of law. The government takes decisions that are best for the country. — Oscar Fernandes

Though every legal task demands this skill, it is especially important in the effort to frame public policy in a way that is properly responsive to human needs and predicaments. The question is always: How will the general rule work in practice? — Elliot Richardson

Turkey shares Europe’s fundamental values of democracy and the rule of law. — Ali Babacan

We all would like to see a brighter future for Haiti, and I hope this conference will serve to explore many views. Respect for human rights, freedom, and the rule of law must be established in the poorest nation in our hemisphere. — Eliot Engel

The great rule is not to talk about money with people who have much more or much less than you. — Katharine Whitehorn

I spent the majority of time at school trying to break the rules. I would climb to the top of buildings; I even burned a building down once – not intentionally, just because I was interested in fire. I remember going through the rule book, ticking off the ones I had broken and looking for the ones I hadn’t. — Simon McBurney

I always wanted to be that guy who pushed the envelope in all kind of ways and tried something new. When I keep that rule going, it always takes me to a new place. There are times when I fail miserably, but I always find myself knowing one more thing better, doing one more thing that I never did before. — Terry Crews

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

The state can be a force for good. The Rule of law is absolutely essential to a good life. God has instituted government and leaders throughout history and throughout the Biblical narrative. However, the state is growing precisely as the church is fading as a force for good, and this does not seem to be a good trend. — 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

If any come to my house to be instructed in the ways of God what rule have I to put them away?… Do you think it not lawful for me to teach women and why do you call me to teach the court? — Anne Hutchinson

When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. — Eugene Debs

The Church has never changed its teaching on the sanctity of human life – it didn’t make up a rule for the convenience of a particular time like a rule at a country club as the Governor would have us believe. — Wellington Mara

Fluid intelligence is not a Big Five personality trait: It’s a measurement of one’s ability to rapidly learn and apply a rule set. As an entrepreneur, you’re rapidly dealing with different issues, and your ability to switch from one issue to another is very important. — Adeo Ressi

All who have taken it upon themselves to rule over others have incurred hatred and unpopularity for a time; but if one has a great aim to pursue, this burden of envy must be accepted, and it is wise to accept it. — Pericles

The first rule of personal finance is that it’s not personal and it’s not financial. It’s about your ability to make ten changes and not get too depressed over it. — James Altucher

I would like to stress this point undoubtedly: France sees the Arab Spring as auspicious. The Arab Spring holds out tremendous hope – hope for democracy and the rule of law, hope for peace and stability, hope for better future in which every person can pursue goals commensurate with his or her needs, talents and ambitions. — Alain Juppe

The first rule of good theatre is ‘Show, don’t tell.’ It applies to good political action as well. — Carne Ross

As in the Divine Right of Kings, hierarchies invest those who preside at the top of their pyramidal structure with absolute power to rule over the lesser ranks that spread down like a marble staircase to the broad foundation stones of those with no power at all. — Eugene Kennedy

Books are so cheap and easy to get that people don’t bother stealing them, which is the essential rule of piracy that the music business learned much too late. — Tucker Max

My rule of writing is that no one can do what you can do, so jealousy or competitiveness are pointless. I am always happy when one of my sisters has a book published that I get to read. — Hallie Ephron

I knew a ton of actors and was friends with them, but I never dated actresses. I tried to date ‘normal’ people because the Hollywood dating rule is ‘one star per couple’ because it’s quite a challenge to match the egos of two actors. — Zach Galligan

In politics, Joseph Smith was something of a radical. He preached, instead of democracy, a version of theocratic rule within a framework given by his own prophetic leadership. At Nauvoo, Smith affected a Napoleonic uniform and made himself into a general and quasi king of the polity he had constituted. — Noah Feldman

When Captain Moussa Dadis Camara came to power, too many thought he would hold to his promise to stand down, introduce democratic elections and restore the rule of law. — Mo Ibrahim

Divinity is an emotion of being lifted out of yourself and being part of something much bigger than yourself that makes you go, ‘Oh my God.’ And that sense of awe? It’s the second rule of science. — Howard Bloom

Many a man renounces morals, but with great difficulty the conception, ‘morality.’ Morality is the ‘idea’ of morals, their intellectual power, their power over the conscience; on the other hand, morals are too material to rule the mind, and do not fetter an ‘intellectual’ man, a so-called independent, a ‘freethinker.’ — Max Stirner

As a rule lawyers tend to want to do whatever they can to win. — Bill Williams

Gardeners may create order briefly out of chaos, but nature always gets the last word, and what it says is usually untidy by human standards. But I find all states of nature beautiful, and because I want to delight in my garden, not rule it, I just accept my yen to tame the chaos on one day and let the Japanese beetles run riot on the next. — Diane Ackerman

‘What is your desired salary?’ The unwritten rule when it comes to salary is this: whoever proposes a number first loses. When you interview, you should never feel pressured to answer this question. Simply let your interviewer know that the most important thing to you is how well you fit the position. — Travis Bradberry

In India, you see the way they embrace color in the culture – it’s very celebratory of the existence of color. There’s no rule of what color belongs together or doesn’t belong together. They’re not precious about it. It’s very full-on. — M.I.A.

I think that it should just be a rule of thumb that if your job asks you to cut your hair… that means that it’s time to quit that job. — Blake Anderson

One of the main arguments that I make in my new book, ‘The Great Degeneration,’ is that the rule of law in the U.S. is becoming the rule of lawyers. — Niall Ferguson

Rule, Britannia, rule the waves; Britons never will be slaves. — James Thomson

Everyone confesses that exertion which brings out all the powers of body and mind is the best thing for us; but most people do all they can to get rid of it, and as a general rule nobody does much more than circumstances drive them to do. — Harriet Beecher Stowe

India’s dynamic growth, coupled with its large reservoir of skilled workforce, its commitment to democracy, and the rule of law, all taken together make India a very attractive investment destination. — Preneet Kaur

The IRS is currently considering a rule that would make it easier for tax preparers to disclose the private information contained in tax returns – including name, address, Social Security number, employer, income, and charitable donations. — Melissa Bean

I think every artist needs a rule that’s stupid but that helps him, like a deadline would. — Thomas Mars

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

The rule which should guide us in such cases is simple and obvious enough: that the aggregate testimony of our neighbours is subject to the same conditions as the testimony of any one of them. — William Kingdon Clifford

For me, the dumbest rule is that you can’t chew gum in school. — Brie Larson

We need to save the education system. We need to remove education from the framework of the political parties that rule in the State of Israel. We need to increase the allocation of long-term national resources to education and never touch them – no matter what. — Aaron Ciechanover

Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword. — Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

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

Every villain in the DC Universe wants something different, and not all of them want to rule the world. Or at least, not all of them want to rule the world in the way the Crime Syndicate do. — Geoff Johns

I’ve created an internal rule that Sunday is off-limits unless I put it on the schedule myself. That’s family time. — Tom Reed

No central planning, no autocratic rule and no military regime can produce what free man can do. — Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

It is a rule of international law that weapons and methods of warfare which do not discriminate between combatants and civilians should never be used. — Sean MacBride

It is a good rule never to see or talk to the man whose words have wrung your heart, or helped it, just as it is wise not to look down too closely at the luminous glow which sometimes shines on your path on a summer night, if you would not see the ugly worm below. — Rebecca H. Davis

It is strange that modesty is the rule for women when what they most value in men is boldness. — Ninon Lenclos

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