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.

The more corrupt a society, the more numerous its laws.     

Edward Abbey

Law is king of all.     

Henry Alford

Law is a Bottomless-Pit, it is a Cormorant, a Harpy, that devours every thing.     

John Arbuthnot

Surely we will not dare say that these laws are unjust, or rather, that they are not laws at all. For it seems to me that an unjust law is no law at all.     

Augustine of Hippo

Any law that takes hold of a man's daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life.     

Henry Ward Beecher

No civilization would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other.     

Hannah Arendt

Laws, like houses, lean on one another.     

Edmund Burke

Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny.     

Edmund Burke

Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The law helps those who watch, not those who sleep.     


Where the law is uncertain there is no law.     


Written laws are like spider's webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and the poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.     


Laws are not invented. They grow out of circumstances.     


Laws are not masters, but servants, and he rules them, who obeys them.     

Ward Becker

There is a Law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish.     

Alfred Adler

As labor creates the wealth of the country, we demand the passage of such laws as may be necessary to protect it in all its rights.     

John Peter Altgeld

Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community     

St. Thomas Aquinas

Judicial bodies provide a forum for truth telling     

Louise Arbour

The rule of law in place of force, always basic to my thinking, now takes on a new relevance in a world where, if war is to go, only law can replace it.     

Roger Nash Baldwin