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No man is above the law and no man below it. ~Theodore Roosevelt

The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting. ~Justice William J. Brennan, 1982

I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another~Thomas Jefferson quotes (American 3rd US President (1801-09). Author of the Declaration of Independence. 1762-1826)

I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either.~Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)

It is easier to make certain things legal than to make them legitimate~Chamfort quotes (French playwright, 1741-1794)

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive. ~Earl Warren

Justice is the tolerable accommodation of the conflicting interests of society, and I don't believe there is any royal road to attain such accommodation concretely.~Judge Learned Hand, in P. Hamburger, The Great Judge, 1946

Justice is incidental to law and order.~John Edgar Hoover

Justice may be blind, but she has very sophisticated listening devices.~Edgar Argo

Any society that needs disclaimers has too many lawyers.~Erik Pepke

Somebody recently figured out that we have 35 million laws to enforce the ten commandments.~Attributed to both Bert Masterson and Earl Wilson

There is plenty of law at the end of a nightstick.~Grover Whalen

In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls. ~Lenny Bruce

Although the legal and ethical definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms. They confuse power with goodness, and mistake law for justice.~Charles T. Sprading, Freedom and its Fundamentals

But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. ~Frederic Bastiat, the Law

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 (Jacques Anatole François Thibault), The Red Lily, 1894

Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm living public opinion. ~Wendell Phillips

The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits.~Leo Tolstoy, What I Believe

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