Better no law than no law enforced.

—Danish proverb

An unjust law is no law at all.

—Saint Augustine, 395

However harmless a thing is, if the law forbids it, most people will think it wrong.

—W. Somerset Maugham, 1896

A functioning police state needs no police.

—William S. Burroughs, 1959

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.

—Francis Bacon, 1615

To live outside the law, you must be honest.

—Bob Dylan, 1966

Kings and fools know no law.

—German proverb

The law is established from above but becomes custom below.

—Su Zhe, c. 1100

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous its laws.

—Tacitus, c. 110

Laws, like houses, lean on one another.

—Edmund Burke, 1765

If law and justice do not attain their ends, the people will be unable to move hand or foot.

—Confucius, c. 500

All law is of necessity defective in the beginning.

—Han Yu, c. 800

It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me.

—Martin Luther King Jr., 1962

All moanday, tearsday, wailsday, thumpsday, frightday, shatterday till the fear of the Law.

—James Joyce, 1939

The greatest veneration one can show the law is to keep a watch on it.

—Nadine Gordimer, 1971

Everything that has wings is beyond the reach of the law.

—Joseph Joubert, 1791

Curse on all laws but those which love has made.

—Alexander Pope, 1717

Avoid the law—the first loss is generally the least.

—Hannah Farnham Sawyer Lee, 1844

Petty laws breed great crimes.

—Ouida, 1880

The law is far, the fist is near.

—Korean proverb

It is better to live unknown to the law.

—Irish proverb

The law makes ten criminals where it restrains one.

—Voltairine de Cleyre, 1890

The law looks at no one’s face.

—Gabriel Okara, 1964

When law can do no right,
Let it be lawful that law bar no wrong.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1594

Good men must not obey the laws too well.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

The law’s made to take care o’ raskills.

—George Eliot, 1860

In a court of fowls, the cockroach never wins its case.

—Rwandan proverb

No law is sufficiently convenient to all.

—Roman proverb

We are to go to law never to revenge, but only to repair.

—Samuel Pepys, 1661

Resorting to the law to resolve a dispute is a declaration of spiritual bankruptcy.

—Quentin Crisp, 1984

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.

—Aleister Crowley, 1904

Necessity knows no law except to conquer.

—Publilius Syrus, c. 50 BC

The more laws, the more lawbreakers.

—Tao Te Ching, c. 500 BC

No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law.

—Emma Goldman, 1917

To make laws that man cannot and will not obey serves to bring all law into contempt.

—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1860

War has silenced all laws.

—Lucan, c. 65

Law makes long spokes of the short stakes of men.

—William Empson, 1928

Let us have peace, but let us have liberty, law, and justice first.

—Frederick Douglass, 1878