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Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost. -- Jean Jacques Rousseau
"From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce." -- thomas edison
A Lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade. A. Lincoln
Free government has no greater menace than disrespect for authority and continual violation of law. It is the duty of a citizen not only to observe the law but to let it be known that he is opposed to its violation. Calvin Coolidge, vice-presidential nomination acceptance speech, Republican National Convention, July 27, 1920.
When the law contradicts what most people regard as moral and proper, they will break the law, whether the law is enacted in the name of a noble ideal, or in the naked interest of one group at the expense of another. Only fear of punishment, not a sense of justice and morality, will lead people to obey the law. When people start to break one set of laws, the lack of respect for the law inevitably spreads to all laws, even those that everyone regards as moral and proper laws against violence, theft, and vandalism. Calvin Coolidge, message to Congress, December 6, 1923.
Pretty much all law consists in forbidding men to do some things that they want to do. Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman, Free to Choose, 1980.
Laws that do not embody public opinion can never be enforced. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., opinion, Adkins v. Children's Hospital, 1922.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important. Martin Luther King, Jr., Wall Street Journal, November 13, 1962.
You have the right to remain silent; anything you say can be held against you in a court of law; you have the right to the presence of an attorney to assist you prior to questioning and to be with you during questioning, and if you cannot afford an attorney, you have the right to have an attorney appointed for you prior to questioning. Miranda warning, Miranda v. Arizonia, June 13, 1966.
No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right, not asked as a favor. Theodore Roosevelt, message to Congress, January, 1904.
The law is not an end in itself, nor does it provide ends. It is preeminently a means to serve what we think is right. William J. Brennan, opinion, Roth v. United States, 1957.
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. -William Shakespeare. 2 Henry VI, Act 4, scene 2
"It's better to enter the mouth of a tiger than a court of law." --Chinese proverb
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