Law Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old law quotes, law sayings, and law proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.     

John Locke

The safety of the people shall be the highest law.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

There's a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out of their way to hurt others, will end up broke and alone.     

Sylvester Stallone

At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.     

Aristotle

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.     

Robert A. Heinlein

We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.     

Hunter S. Thompson

Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour ... If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?     

Charlotte Bronte

In times of war, the law falls silent.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

The Law is hard, but it is the Law.     

Cassandra Clare

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.     

Oliver Goldsmith

People are more afraid of the laws of Man than of God, because their punishment seems to be nearest.     

William Penn

Law is order, and good law is good order.     

Aristotle

Without law men are beasts.     

Maxwell Anderson

The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it.     

Bertolt Brecht

The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.     

Raymond Chandler

If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.     

Charles Dickens

When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.     

Benjamin Disraeli

The law is reason, free from passion.     

Aristotle

The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.     

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.     

Plato

We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.     

Ronald Reagan

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.

No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.     

Theodore Roosevelt

An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.     

Albert Einstein

Good laws have their origins in bad morals.     

Ambrosius Macrobius

Where you find the laws most numerous, there you will find also the greatest injustice.     

Arcesilaus

Law is order in liberty, and without order liberty is social chaos.     

Archbishop Ireland

A law is something which must have a moral basis, so that there is an inner compelling force for every citizen to obey.     

Chaim Weizmann