At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
The laws of this world are for children.
It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope.
The law is reason, free from passion.
If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: "Thou shalt not ration justice."
I then endeavoured to show that it is more especially in the thorough conformity with law which natural phenomena and natural products exhibit, and in the comparative ease with which laws can be stated, that this difference exists.
The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.
Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar.
Law stands mute in the midst of arms.
For then only will you be strong, when you cherish the laws, and when the revolutionary attempts of lawless men shall have ceased.
It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
Again, it may be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient that they love themselves.
Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.
Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.
Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety.
The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.
We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity.
The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.
The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow.
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
It is a base thing for a man among the people not to obey those in command. Never in a state can the laws be well administered when fear does not stand firm.
Not that I wish by any means to deny, that the mental life of individuals and peoples is also in conformity with law, as is the object of philosophical, philological, historical, moral, and social sciences to establish.
All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this. The only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong what is against it.