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If the law is upheld only by government officials, then all law is at an end. Herbert Hoover
We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones. Jules Verne
Law is king of all. Henry Alford
You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen. Jean-Paul Sartre
When your conscience says law is immoral, don't follow it. Jack Kevorkian
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. Isadora Duncan
We must believe in the power of education. We must respect just laws. We must love ourselves, our old and or young, our women as well as our men. Arthur Ashe
No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion. Carrie Chapman Catt
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer. Henry A. Kissinger
That is a Medieval way of drawing history, in which they do not respect the law and want the rest of the world to respect the law. That's not possible. Emir Kusturica
We are in a state of emergency. Here in Texas, we are not afraid of ISIS. We are afraid of the police. Jamal Bryant
I ordered that they use any means necessary, including illegal means, to accomplish this goal. . . . The president of the United States can never admit that. Richard Nixon
You remember Huston's plan. I want it implemented on a thievery basis. God damn it. Blow the safe and get it. Richard Nixon
... authoritarian states sign on [to human rights treaties] solely for propaganda purposes and then find it fairly easy to flout the rules. G. John Ikenberry
An act of Congress is binding upon all as much as if it were included … in the Constitution itself. John Marshall Harlan
Long live the Emperor, so long as he abides by the constitution. Anonymous
It is the President upon whom the Constitution devolves, as head of the executive department, the duty to see that the laws be faithfully executed; but as he cannot execute them in person, he is allowed to select his agents, and is made responsible for their acts within just limits. So complete is the presumed delegation of authority in the relation of a head of department to a President, that the Supreme Court of the United States have decided that an order made by a head of department is presumed to be made by the President himself. Andrew Johnson
If he be not impeachable whilst in office, he will spare no efforts or means whatever to get himself reelected. William Richardson Davie
Shall any man be above Justice. Above all shall that man be above it, who can commit the most extensive injustice. When great crimes were committed I am for punishing the principal as well as the Coadjutors George Mason
He… hath traitorously endeavored to subvert the Fundamental Law and Government of the Realms… and in stead thereof, to introduce Arbitrary and Tyrannical Government against Law English Parliament
In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Louis D. Brandeis
Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by example. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. Louis D. Brandeis
The submission of free people to the executive authority of government, is no more than a compliance with laws which they themselves have enacted. Junius; Philip Francis
I have never seen conduct of the Federal Government so egregious. Royce C. Lamberth
The purpose of this new counterintelligence endeavor is to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize the activities of black nationalist, hate-type organizations and groupings, their leadership, spokesmen, membership, and supporters …. Efforts of various groups to consolidate their forces or to recruit new or youthful adherents must be frustrated. No opportunity should be missed to exploit through counterintelligence techniques the organizational and personal conflicts of the leaderships of the groups and where possible an effort should be made to capitalize upon existing conflicts between competing black nationalist organizations Be alert to determine … personal misconduct on the part of militant nationalist leaders so any practical or warranted counter-intelligence may be instituted. J. Edgar Hoover
The nature of this new endeavor is such that under no circumstances should the existence of the program be made known outside the Bureau and appropriate within-office security should be afforded to sensitive operations and techniques considered under the program. J. Edgar Hoover
Too many people have been spied upon by too many Government agencies and too much information has been collected. The Government has often undertaken the secret surveillance of citizens on the basis of their political beliefs, even when those beliefs posed no threat of violence or illegal acts on behalf of a hostile foreign power. The Government, operating primarily through secret informants, but also using other intrusive techniques such as wiretaps, microphone "bugs", surreptitious mail opening, and break-ins, has swept in vast amounts of information about the personal lives, views, and associations of American citizens. Investigations of groups deemed potentially dangerous -- and even of groups suspected of associating with potentially dangerous organizations -- have continued for decades, despite the fact that those groups did not engage in unlawful activity. Groups and individuals have been harassed and disrupted because of their political views and their lifestyles. Investigations have been based upon vague standards whose breadth made excessive collection inevitable. Frank Church
Governmental officials -- including those whose principal duty is to enforce the law --have violated or ignored the law over long periods of time and have advocated and defended their right to break the law. The Constitutional system of checks and balances has not adequately controlled intelligence activities Frank Church
We in the FBI engaged in some very illegal law enforcement. William Turner
This law will be impossible to enforce. It will produce contempt for our laws and law enforcement. Fiorello H. La Guardia
With such a court and such men as we now have for judges neither our lives, our liberty nor our property are safe. Our State rights have been invaded by this court in one case and they will not hesitate to do so in another if it suits their convenience or is for their interest or the interest of Slavery -- of either the white or black race. What hope can we have of obtaining justice from men who have so grossly outraged every principle which we as freeman hold dear? Men who will resort to falsehood in one case will also do it in another. Men who will pervert the law in one case will do it in all cases where interest or favoritism is concerned. What chance would a free state man have in such a court if opposed by a slaveholder? None whatever. Wisconsin Republican Journal Columbus
The constitution is the supreme law; the Supreme Court is the authorized interpreter of the constitution; the construction which that tribunal puts upon that instrument is, for all practical purposes, the constitution itself, and therefore their decision must be fully and freely acquiesced in by all good citizens. That decision is now the supreme law of the land; it is practically the constitution itself, being the meaning and intent of that instrument as officially interpreted and declared by the tribunal authorized to interpret it, and from whose decision there is no appeal. Resistance to that decision is, therefore, resistance to the constitution -- to the government -- to the Union itself. It cannot be made legally rightfully, peacefully, or with the least chance or hope of success. That decision must be carried into effect -- that interpretation must be acquiesced in and acted upon, or else it must be resisted by force. There is no other alternative. It is the law, the constitution, and will be respected and acted upon by the constituted authorities, no matter to what party they belong nor what their private views may be in regard to it. It cannot be evaded; if Congress and the President should undertake to resist it, the effort would be futile. In a word, we repeat, nothing but force, open rebellion, can successfully oppose the practical application and enforcement of the decision of the court in this case. New Hampshire Patriot
There are not many countries where a non-citizen with a fourth—grade education can sue the President. That is our great gift to the world. We’re strong enough to say our system can handle it. Neal Katyal
I would rather see this administration turned out for enforcing laws can see a succeed for violating them. Theodore Roosevelt
There are things a man must not do to save a nation. Murray Kempton
The rule of law must apply equally to everyone, irrespective of status in society or class divisions; it is this equal application that is the bulwark of modern democracies. Mahendra Chaudhry
Emergency does not read the law. Finnish Proverb
There is not a single Supreme Court case that insinuates that the President can violate a federal statute in order to gather foreign intelligence. It was a flagrant violation of The Constitution. Bruce Fein
Village feuds often had to do with an idea of honor. Perhaps it was a peasant idea; perhaps this idea of honor is especially important to a society without recourse to law or without confidence in law. V. S. Naipaul
Corporate bodies are more corrupt and profligate than individuals, because they have more power to do mischief, and are less amenable to disgrace or punishment. They feel neither shame, remorse, gratitude, nor goodwill. William Hazlitt
The best use of laws is to teach men to trample bad laws under their feet. Wendell Phillips
Anyone who does not follow the laws of Rome will suffer the same fate as my brother. Romulus Whitaker
In the Islamist Palestinian state, every citizen will be required to act in accordance with the codes of Islamic religious law. Mahmoud Al-Zahar
We have to maintain inviolate the great doctrine of the inherent right of popular self-government, . . . to render cheerful obedience to the laws of the land, to unite in enforcing their execution, and to frown indignantly on all combinations to resist them; . . . to preserve sacred from all touch of usurpation, as the very palladium of our political salvation, the reserved rights and powers of the several States and of the people Franklin Pierce
Let every person be obedient to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. ... the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer Book of Romans
Laws are only words written on paper, words that change on society's whim and are interpreted differently daily by politicians, lawyers, judges, and policemen. Anyone who believes that all laws should always be obeyed would have made a fine slave catcher. Anyone who believes that all laws are applied equally, despite race, religion, or economic status, is a fool. John J. Miller
We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal. Martin Luther King Jr.
Many of the very best law-abiding and peace-loving citizens have no confidence in the willingness of the civil officers to pursue and bring to justice that element of outlawry so largely disturbing the sense of security, and so often committing highway robbery and smaller thefts. The opinion in Tombstone and elsewhere in that part of the Territory is quite prevalent that the civil officers are quite largely in league with the leaders of this disturbing and dangerous element. Something must be done, and that right early, or very grave results will follow. If is an open disgrace to American liberty and the peace and security of her citizens, that such a slate of affairs should exist. John J. Gosper
In the criminal justice system, the law-abiding citizen comes first. Tony Blair
Knowing as we do that American laws were not enacted for the Indian, it would be tyrannical and unjust to declare Oshkosh a malicious offender against rules which the same laws presume he could not have previously known. James D. Doty
Covert action should not be confused with missionary work. Henry A. Kissinger
Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man who resists authority! Oscar Wilde
The minute the law is devised, its evasion is contrived. Portuguese Proverb
Like king, like law; like law, like people. Portuguese Proverb
Elites always tell poor people, “Work hard and play by the rules.” Liza Featherstone
My belief was that it was not only the President's right but his duty to do anything that the needs of the nation demanded unless such action was forbidden by the Constitution or by the laws. Under this interpretation of executive power I did and caused to be done many things not previously done by the President. Theodore Roosevelt
When the President of the United States breaks the law he must be held accountable. That is why I am introducing today a resolution to censure George W. Bush…. At the very heart of our constitution is the assumption that some members of the government will do wrong, and when they do, others in the government must do right…. The President has broken the law. Congress must act…. Our job is not to stand up and cheer when the President breaks the law. Russ Feingold
There is a difference between giving up privacy under the rule of law, and giving it up by executive fiat. Hillary Clinton
We [Druse] are a very conservative society, and we are especially sensitive to the issue of family honor. We are much more strict about this than other Muslims …. With us there is no compromise on this matter I would have preferred that her father had dealt with this matter differently, not by murder. But this woman broke the laws of our community, she crossed dangerous red lines, and she had to know that she would be punished for it Faraj Keifes
The lawless in spirit soon become the lawless in practice. Anonymous
Law-makers should not be law-breakers. Anonymous
Obedience to laws can only be justly enforced on the certainty that those who are called on to obey them have had, either personally or by their representatives, the power to enact, amend, or repeal them. Anonymous
To resist him that is set in authority is evil. Anonymous
The first priority is to make the change from a revolutionary mentality to a civil society in which there is respect for law. Freih Abu Middain
Foreigners, when they come to trade with a nations, make themselves temporary citizens, and tacitly consent to be bound by the same laws. John Adams
While Muslims in Muslim countries, are obligated to uphold the Islamic law of their state, Muslim minorities in the United States are not required either by Islamic law or rationality to uphold Islamic symbols of faith in a secular state, except to the extent permissible within that state. Taha Jaber Al-Alwani
All through human history, tyrannies have tried to enforce obedience by prohibiting disrespect for the symbols of their power. The swastika is only one example of many in recent history. American Bar Association
It's inconceivable that a secret intelligence arm of the government has to comply with all the overt orders of the government. James Angleton
Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. Jean Anouilh
Disobey the rules; ask for more; leave your wretchedness behind; organize with your brothers and sisters; never accept the hand of fate. Jean-Bertrand Aristide
The king must sometimes govern by acts of state as well as acts of law. Ashley
The Attorney General's ultimate client must be the people of the United States Zoe E. Baird
When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law. Frederic Bastiat
When laws, customs, or institutions cease to be beneficial to man, they cease to be obligatory. Henry Ward Beecher
I thank God we have no free schools nor printing .... for learning has brought disobedience and heresy and sects into the world; and printing has divulged them and libels against the government. God keep us from both. William Berkeley
He who has once been approved and accepted by his people, though he abuse his right, yet retains the basis of his authority as against his own private subjects, since an obligation entered upon publicly and by mutual consent cannot be dissolved and broken by the will of any private citizen. For were this otherwise, endless disorders, worse even than tyranny itself, would ensue… Theodore Beza
If the tyrant forbids what God commands, you should not at all judge that you have performed your duty if you have merely refused to obey the tyrant, unless at the same time you obey the command of God. Theodore Beza
Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Louis D. Brandeis
Corruption, Racisim, Brutality. You cannot break the law to enforce the law under any circumstances. William J. Bratton
The country is being flooded with illegal liquor and that either Congress will need to modify the law or spend incalculable sums to enforce it [Prohibition]. Emory R. Buckner
Manners are more important than laws. Upon them, in great measure, the laws depend. Edmund Burke
I still haven’t figured it out completely. George W. Bush
It is time for our government leaders to respect the law no less than our humblest citizen, so that we can end the double standard of justice in America. Jimmy Carter
I say disallegiance rather than disobedience to emphasize the distinction between breaking the law—disobedience—and rejecting the sovereign’s claim to sovereignty—disallegiance …. We need disobedience and we should not be so quick to assume that disobedience is the same as disallegiance. Stephen Carter
Since the state is a community of human beings it is as truly subject to the moral law as any private society. Catholic Association for International Peace
The bounds of society would be dissolved, the harmony of the world confounded, and the order of nature subverted, if reverence, respect and obedience might be refused to those whom the constitution has vested with the highest authority. Thomas B. Chandler
To the laws all men show respect and deference, as without them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and terror; human laws being instituted for the express purpose of regulating our interests as individuals and nations, between man and man; and divine laws given of heaven, prescribing rules on spiritual concerns, for faith and worship Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormons
Violence is the most ubiquitous symptom of a disease spreading through our society—an epidemic of lawlessness which, unless checked in time, could prove fatal to democracy itself. Frank Church
We are in bondage to the law so that we may be free. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
The good of the people is the chief law. Marcus Tulliuis Cicero
Was it ever known that general words were a sufficient satisfaction for particular grievances …. When grievances are complained of, the parliament is to redress them. Edward Coke
As sons obey their father and wives obey their husbands, so should citizens obey their rulers. Confucius
We have a great many chiefs and headmen but, be they ever so great, they must all abide by the laws ... These laws are not made for any person in particular but for all. Creek Nation
Ye shall not do ... every man what is right in his own eyes. Book of Deuteronomy
Anyone who takes it upon himself ... to break a bad law, thereby authorizes everyone else to break the good ones. Denis Diderot
Happy the city where citizens obey. Obenientia Civium Urbis Felicitas. Ireland Dublin
Let a man keep the law,—any law,—and his way will be strewn with satisfactions. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A foolish covenant ought not to be held. English Proverb or Saying
Our sovereign lord is above his laws. English Proverb or Saying
The urgent consideration of the public safety may undoubtedly authorize the violation of every positive law. Edward Gibbon
It is yours [the state’s right] to shackle the body, and restrain our external actions; that is a restraint we understand. Announce your penalties, and we will make our election of submission or suffering. But do not seek to enslave our minds. William Godwin
Laws are to govern all alike—those opposed as well as those who favor them. Ulysses S. Grant
Are there two sets of laws in this country—one that applies to Congress and one for the rest of America? At a minimum, it goes to a lack of public accountability. At its worst, it's raw hypocrisy. The practice ought to stop, and today is as good a time as any to start. Charles Grassley
Corporate 'citizens' are the leading outlaws. They may regularly violate the law without surrendering their political rights. William Greider
The federal government, of course, enjoys a crucial advantage in its ability to evade laws. It owns the prosecutor. William Greider
If the law commands me to sin, I will break it. Angelina Grimke
If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law, every man can. That means first chaos, then tyranny. Felix Frankfurter
Be you never so high the law is above you. Thomas Fuller
Hungry men have no respect for law, authority or human life. Marcus Garvey
This is a business that works outside the law. Clair E. George
All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. Alexander Herzen
There are extremely few places in the world where the citizens believe their political leaders will be punished if they disobey the law. Philip B. Heymann
Our whole system of self-government will crumble either if officials elect what laws they will enforce or citizens elect what laws they will support. Herbert Hoover
The most malign of all these dangers today is disregard and disobedience of law. Crime is increasing. Confidence in rigid and speedy justice is decreasing. Herbert Hoover
In this country, my Lords, ... the individual subject ... has nothing to do with the laws but to obey them. Samuel Horsley
The mass of the people have nothing to do with the laws but to obey them. Samuel Horsley
What we need in America today is judges; we need mayors; we need governors who are willing to stand up to our Supreme Court. I am convinced that if men of courage in positions of leadership … would stand, it would bring about a significant constitutional crisis. Stephen Horze
We are ruled by public opinion, not by statute law. Elbert Hubbard
All kings of England had ever, in cases of necessity or expediency, been accustomed, at intervals, to elude them [the laws.] David Hume
The highest test of a people's fitness for free institutions is their willingness to obey law. John Ireland
The Sacred Throne was established at a time when the heavens and earth became separated. The Emperor is Heaven descended, divine, and sacred. He is preeminent above all his subjects. He must be reverenced and is inviolable. He has indeed to pay due respect to the laws, but the law has no power to hold him accountable to it. Hirobumi Ito
A good king although he be above the law, will subject and frame his actions thereto, for examples sake to his subjects … [He ended up setting a precedent and duty of the crown that has been even harder for some royal family members to keep up with: the setting of example for the subjects sake. Sovereign acts that had been contrary to law had previously been good of bad for the realm as the case would be, but after James' statement, all were bad as they had set poor example for the common folk who must always obey. James I
All kings that are not tyrants, or perjured, will be glad to bound themselves within the limits of their laws. James I
Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor. William James
A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self preservation, of saving the country when in danger, are of higher obligation. Thomas Jefferson
Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind. Douglas MacArthur
Mexico needs a new culture of legality. Jorge Madrazo Cuellar
All power, all subordination to authority rests on the executioner …. Remove this incomprehensible agent from the world and at that very moment order gives way to chaos, thrones topple and society disappears. Joseph de Maistre
Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and render unto God what is God's. Book of Mark
Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy. Thurgood Marshall
As an absolute Queen I cannot submit to orders, nor can I submit to the laws of the land without injury to myself, the King my son, and all other sovereign princes. Mary, Queen of Scots
Shall any man be above justice? Above all shall that man be above it, who can commit the most extensive injustice? George Mason
A government is said to preserve order if it succeeds in getting itself obeyed. But there are different degrees of obedience, and it is not every degree that is commendable. Only an unmitigated despotism demands that the individual citizen shall obey unconditionally every mandate of persons in authority. John Stuart Mill
Order is said to exist where the people of the country have, as a general rule, ceased to prosecute their quarrels by private force, and acquired the habit of referring the decision of their disputes and the redress of their injuries to the public authorities. John Stuart Mill
The one among you who violates the law is the worst enemy you have. John N. Mitchell
I don’t care how many laws you have to break. I want the Guggenheim [Museum] built. Robert Moses
Let the law bend the mountain. Moses
Law that is sufficiently complex is indistinguishable from lawlessness. Charles Murray
Former good legislators have erred, and those of the best polity may err again, and enact laws which ought to be disobeyed and resisted. Samuel Langdon
Law should rule over rulers, and not rulers over the law John Leland; Jack Nipps
The Church ... has always reproved the doctrines and condemned the men that rebel against the legitimate [secular] authority. Leo XIII
It was with the deepest regret that the Executive found the duty of employing the war-power, in defense of the government, forced upon him …. These measures whether strictly legal or not, were ventured upon, under what appeared to be a popular demand, and a public necessity; trusting, then, as now, that Congress would readily ratify them. Abraham Lincoln
Let every American … swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country and never to tolerate their violation by others. Let reverence for the laws … become the political religion of the nation. Abraham Lincoln
We think the Dred Scott decision is erroneous. We know the court that made it, has often over-ruled its own decisions, and we shall do what we can to have it to over-rule this. We offer no resistance to it. Abraham Lincoln
Let every man remember that to violate the law is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own and his children's liberty. Abraham Lincoln
A community has not ceased to be essentially law-abiding merely because it refuses to practice literal obedience. There is such a thing as orderly disobedience to a statute, a disobedience which is open, frankly avowed, and in conformity with the general sense of what is reasonable Walter Lippmann
Every man, by consenting with others to make one body politic u ment, puts himself under an obligation to every one of that society to submit to the determination of the majority John Locke
Everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal,” and everything the Hungarian Freedom Fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” Martin Luther King Jr.
There are many times where national interest is more important than the law. Henry A. Kissinger
The priest accustoms the child to the idea of law, to make it obey better what he calls the "divine law," and the lawyer prates of divine law, that the civil law may be the better obeyed. Peter Kropotkin
There was no other course than open defense of the law, which the circumstances fully justified; and I determined to make the voyage from Alexandria (Egypt) to New York without registering the nationality; thereby taking the risk of having my steamer seized by any vessel of war at sea or by the authorities of any port I might be obliged to touch at. Henry Honychurch Gorringe
The worker retains no respect for the property “rights” of the profit-takers … He knows that the present laws of property were made by and for the capitalists. Therefore he does not hesitate to break them. William Dudley Haywood
Obey human laws that do not conflict with God's laws. Jehovah's Witnesses
They have otherwise no Religion: when we pray, they laugh at us; some of them despise it entirely, and some when we tell them what we do when we pray, stand astonished. When we have a Sermon, sometimes ten or twelve of them, more or less, will attend, each having a long Tobacco Pipe, made by himself, in his mouth, and will stand a while and look, and afterwards ask me what I was doing and what I wanted, that I stood there alone and made so many Words, and none of the rest might speak? I tell them I admonished the Christians, that they must not steal, . . . get drunk, or commit Murder, and that they too ought not to do these Things, and that I intend after a while to preach to them, . . . They say I do well in teaching the Christians, but immediately [ask] why do so many Christians do these Things. John Megapolensis
… they will be led by devils at some point. Muslims should obey these leaders. Muhammad
The president has already decided that terrorists do not receive Geneva Convention protections. You cannot question his decision. David S. Addington
The president ... cannot suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, nor authorize a military officer to do it…. a military officer has no right to arrest and detain a person not subject to the rules and articles of war ... except in aid of the judicial authority, and subject to its control Roger B. Taney
The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace. David Davis
Possible economies cannot be used as a defense to illegality. Congress was aware that some mergers which lessen competition may also result in economies but it struck the balance in favor of protecting competition. William O. Douglas
Maintaining the law in a time of war is virtually impossible. Anthony Horowitz
The most malign of all these dangers today is disregard and disobedience of law. Crime is increasing. Confidence in rigid and speedy justice is decreasing. I am not prepared to believe that this indicates any decay in the moral fiber of the American people. I am not prepared to believe that it indicates an impotence of the Federal Government to enforce its laws. Herbert Hoover
One of the reasons that I was so successful at OMB was that I was very good at gaming the system. Barry B. Anderson
The creative ability in this town to game a system is extraordinary. Kent Conrad
Appreciate the signal and manifold mercies…the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we enjoy, and the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness…for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; that we must unite in humbly offering our supplications to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us to perform our duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all people by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed. George Washington
We must obey God and not man. Martin Niemoller
It is a self-evident principle, that an illegal mandate or instructions from the president, can give no sanction to the conduct of a subordinate officer. On the contrary, the president would be liable to the action of a person injured in the same manner that a private individual would be. The law makes no distinction of persons, and the maxim that the king can do no wrong, so much admired in England, exists by no analogy in a republican government. William Rawle
It is right that what is just should be obeyed; it is necessary that what is strongest should be obeyed. Justice without might is helpless; might without justice is tyrannical. Blaise Pascal
Islam leaves no room of human legislation in an Islamic state, because herein all legislative functions vest in God and the only function left for Muslims lies in their observance of the God-made law. Sayyid Abul Ala Al-Maududi; Maududi
David Addington does not believe in the Constitution Colin Powell
If any considerable number of citizens who are generally law abiding think that some particular statute is bad enough in itself or dangerous enough in its indirect effects to make it worthwhile to block its enforcement, they can do so. Arthur T. Hadley
Conscience and public opinion enforce the laws. The police suppress the exceptions. Arthur T. Hadley
Human laws are entirely destitute of the sanction of rewards. To confer honors for obedience would be as ridiculous as unavailing. The honor of many would resolve itself into the honor of none. To dispense pecuniary rewards would be nugatory or impracticable. In an unqualified extent, no government would be able to supply the funds; and even in a restricted form, its operation would be to receive money with one hand as a premium, and to pay it back with the other in the shape of a tax. DeWitt Clinton
If one drop of blood be shed there in defiance of the laws of the United States, I will hang the first man of them I can get my hands on to the first tree I can find. Andrew Jackson
In Turkey, public opinion is nil and the people always obey any effective executive force, and obey nothing else…. The perpetuation of Turkish rule is the perpetuation of infamy. Theodore Roosevelt
I cannot do what you have asked me to do. Hasan Mazhar
The deportations of the Armenians took place in complete contradiction of humanity, civilization, and the Government’s honor. The massacres and the extermination of the Armenians, and the sacking and looting of their properties are the results of decisions taken by the Central Committee …. The atrocities were committed according to a scheme conceived of in advance and were organized absolutely intentionally. Ferik Vehip Pasha
Men of most renowned virtue have by transgressing most truly kept the law. John Milton
An increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations, and the laws of the General Government have ceased to effect the objects of the Constitution. The States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, have enacted laws which either nullify the Acts of Congress or render useless any attempt to execute them. In many of these States the fugitive is discharged from service or labor claimed, and in none of them has the State Government complied with the stipulation made in the Constitution. South Carolina
There's lots of law these days, but not much justice Dean Ray Koontz; Leigh Nichols
The law is like a string, fixed at both ends but with a great deal of play in it — very loose, the line of the law — so you can stretch it this way or that, rearrange the arc of it so you are nearly always — short of blatant theft or cold-blooded murder — safely on the right side. That's a daunting thing to realize but true. Dean Ray Koontz; Leigh Nichols
If you receive a military order you must obey. That is where the big difference between a military and a political order comes in. One can sabotage a political order but to disobey a military command is treason. Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist
If we continue to pardon or excuse the wrongdoers who commit acts of criminality in unsettling an elected government, we don't have any guarantee, do we, that this kind of exercise won't be repeated in the future. Graeme Leung
Why should we not teach our children those principles, upon which we ourselves have thought and acted? Ought we to instill into their tender minds a theory, especially if unfounded, which is contradictory to our own practice, built on the most solid foundation? Why should we reduce them to the cruel dilemma of condemning, either those principles which they have been taught to believe, or those persons whom they have been taught to revere? James Wilson
People crushed by law have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws Edmund Burke
If our great corporations would more scrupulously observe their legal limitations and duties, they would have less cause to complain of the unlawful limitations of their rights or of violent interference with their operations. Benjamin Harrison
It is easy to sacrifice the substantial interests of society by a strict adherence to ordinary rules. Alexander Hamilton
Stress and Duress Techniques Enhanced Interrogation Techniques Central Intelligence Agency
This, then, is the position in which we stand. A small majority of the citizens of one State in the Union have elected delegates to a State convention; that convention has ordained that all the revenue laws of the United States must be repealed, or that they are no longer a member of the Union. The governor of that State has recommended to the legislature the raising of an army to carry the secession into effect, and that he may be empowered to give clearances to vessels in the name of the State. No act of violent opposition to the laws has yet been committed, but such a state of things is hourly apprehended, and it is the intent of this instrument to PROCLAIM, not only that the duty imposed on me by the Constitution, “to take care that the laws be faithfully executed," shall be performed to the extent of the powers already vested in me by law or of such others as the wisdom of Congress shall devise and Entrust to me for that purpose; but to warn the citizens of South Carolina, who have been deluded into an opposition to the laws, of the danger they will incur by obedience to the illegal and disorganizing ordinance of the convention-to exhort those who have refused to support it to persevere in their determination to uphold the Constitution and laws of their country, and to point out to all the perilous situation into which the good people of that State have been led, and that the course they are urged to pursue is one of ruin and disgrace to the very State whose rights they affect to support. Fellow-citizens of my native State! let me not only admonish you, as the first magistrate of our common country, not to incur the penalty of its laws, but use the influence that a father would over his children whom he saw rushing to a certain ruin. In that paternal language, with that paternal feeling, let me tell you, my countrymen, that you are deluded by men who are either deceived themselves or wish to deceive you. Mark under what pretenses you have been led on to the brink of insurrection and treason on which you stand! First a diminution of the value of our staple commodity, lowered by over-production in other quarters and the consequent diminution in the value of your lands, were the sole effect of the tariff laws. The effect of those laws was confessedly injurious, but the evil was greatly exaggerated by the unfounded theory you were taught to believe, that its burdens were in proportion to your exports, not to your consumption of imported articles. Your pride was aroused by the assertions that a submission to these laws was a state of vassalage, and that resistance to them was equal, in patriotic merit, to the opposition our fathers offered to the oppressive laws of Great Britain. You were told that this opposition might be peaceably-might be constitutionally made-that you might enjoy all the advantages of the Union and bear none of its burdens. Eloquent appeals to your passions, to your State pride, to your native courage, to your sense of real injury, were used to prepare you for the period when the mask which concealed the hideous features of DISUNION should be taken off. It fell, and you were made to look with complacency on objects which not long since you would have regarded with horror. Andrew Jackson
A civil magistrate is an ordinance of God set up by God for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well; and that all lawful things commanded by them, subjection ought to be given by us in the Lord: and that we are to make supplication and prayer for Kings, and all that are in authority Baptist Church of England
We know that misidentification is a major issue for us. Dan Sutherland
Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those who say this are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by the unbelievers? Islam says: Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter their armies. Does this mean sitting back until [non-Muslims] overcome us? Islam says: Kill in the service of Allah those who may want to kill you! Does this mean that we should surrender [to the enemy]? Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to paradise, which can be opened only for holy warriors! There are hundreds of other Koranic psalms and hadiths urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim Ruhollah Khomeini
For the progress of the nation, what is needed is discipline. Ferdinand Marcos
End Royal impunity. John Cooke
I will be blunt: This program is breaking the law, and this President is breaking the law. Not only that, he is misleading the American people in his efforts to justify this program. Russ Feingold
Slavery is right, just, and lawful and consequently practiced every day. John Brown
Since the strength of those kinds of tyrannical governments only subsist on the very principles and means that established them, and since it is dangerous to resist and struggle against the fundamentals of a religion, as well as to try and shake the fundamental laws of a state or a republic, one must not be astonished if the wise and enlightened people comply with the general laws of a state, unfair though they may be Jean Meslier
After taking advantage of the weakness, the credulity and the ignorance of the weakest and the most ignorant of the people, those sly, cunning politicians easily had them believe whatever they wanted. Consequently, they made them accept with respect and submission, willingly or not, all the laws they wanted to establish. Jean Meslier
Judge — thee hasn't left me a dollar, but I wish to say to thee, and to all in this court room, that if anyone knows of a fugitive who wants a shelter, and a friend, send him to Thomas Garrett, and he will befriend him! Thomas Garrett
The purpose of privilege is not to place parliamentarians above the law, but rather to allow them to carry out their duties independently and effectively, in the national interest. John Allen Fraser
When the world’s run by fools it’s the duty of intelligence to disobey. Martin Firrell
Every Latter-day Saint should sustain, honor, and obey the constitutional law of the land in which he lives. Spencer W. Kimball
And now, verily I say unto you concerning the . . . law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, [that it] belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me. Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you . . . in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land. Joseph Smith, Jr.
I cannot believe any Southerner plans to defy the Supreme Court or to set states' rights above the rights of the country as a whole and their interests above the interests of the citizens of the United States. Eleanor Roosevelt
The recent dastardly attack on Walter Reuther of the United Automobile Workers was a shocking occurrence. No matter how great our disagreements are, if we are to continue to be a country ruled by law and not by violence, we must try to bring the whole force of public opinion against actions of this kind, whether they are individual actions motivated by some personal feeling or whether they are group actions. Eleanor Roosevelt
If... the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law Henry David Thoreau
The war must be carried on until the absolute, unqualified and unconditional subjugation of every rebel in the land to the Constitution and the Laws…until there is no source from which they can derive revenue or means for the maintenance of the war except by depriving the [Southern] people of their property day after day, year after year, so long as the war shall continue, thus reducing them to poverty and want. Benjamin Franklin Wade
… there is undoubtedly in France a large floating mass of Republicans and Anarchists, ready at any moment to make a disturbance if there was no strong power to resist them; but the persons who would lose by convulsion are infinitely more numerous, and the National Guard of Paris, consisting of nearly 60,000 men, are chiefly persons of this description, and are understood to be decidedly for internal order, and for external peace. Henry John Temple
We are a slack people but deeply destructive … I think that a constitutional regime would mean the end of Russia. We need a despot! Mikhail Nikolayevich Tukhachevsky
Rights and rules, which are bonds of iron to a little man, are packthread to a giant. Anthony Trollope
The government assures the people that they are in danger from the invasion of another nation, or from foes in their midst, and that the only way to escape this danger is by the slavish obedience of the people to their government. This fact is seen most prominently during revolutions and dictatorships, but it exists always and everywhere that the power of the government exists. Leo Tolstoy
Any fool can make a rule And any fool will mind it. Henry David Thoreau
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves Henry David Thoreau
The third degree is widely and brutally employed in New York City. . . . Third-degree methods, authoritatively reported to us as recently employed include: Punching in the face, especially a hard slap on the jaw; hitting with a billy [club]; whipping with a rubber hose; kicking in the abdomen; tightening the necktie almost up to the choking point; squeezing the testicles. Methods are favored which do not leave visible marks, because these attract the attention of the courts and sometimes lead district attorneys not to use the confession. There is said to be a practice that the arresting officer does not commonly do the beating; another man will do it, so that when the arresting officer takes the stand it cannot be charged that he used force. National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement
I am not a U. S. company and I don’t make decisions on what is good for the United States. Lee R. Raymond
The ruling authority is liable to raise a claim which could justify a deviation from the law by saying: The law is supposed to serve the country. The law is merely one consideration, there are additional considerations which are no less important; the good of the country is one such consideration and it could possibly override the law….this is a very dangerous claim. The saying that patriotism is the last refuge of the charlatan is well known. This argument, taken alone, is liable to topple the principle of the legality of government and the rule of law together with it. Yitzhak Zamir
We live with contradictions all the time. The South in the 1960s were among the most patriotic in the country, yet at the same time it was they who thwarted the Federal Government and resisted the law of the land. Sheldon Hackney
Fear God, and offend not the Prince nor his laws, And keep thyself out of the magistrate's claws. Thomas Tusser
Every man, as long as he does not violate the laws of justice, is left perfectly free to pursue his own interest his own way, and to bring both his industry and capital into competition with those of any other man, or order of men. The sovereign is completely discharged from a duty, in the attempting to perform which he must always be exposed to innumerable delusions, and for the proper performance of which no human wisdom or knowledge could ever be sufficient; the duty of superintending the industry of private people, and of directing it towards the employments most suitable to the interest of the society. Adam Smith
… obedience, Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame A mechanized automaton. Percy Bysshe Shelley
No man has a right to disturb the public peace, by personally resisting the execution of a law however bad. He ought to acquiesce, using at the same time the utmost powers of his reason, to promote its repeal. Percy Bysshe Shelley
Ignorance of the law excuses no man; not that all men know the law, but because 'tis an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to refute him. John Selden
Those who advocate that bad laws should not be obeyed—in circumstances where such "bad" laws are enacted by a democratically elected government—are putting at risk the entire conception of civilized society. That directly challenges democracy...the way to change bad laws is to change the government that has made them Frank Chapple
For the first time we are facing the prospect of seeing legislation introduced which denies the right of trade unionists to come to the assistance of other unionists and denies the right of trade unionists to seek the support of others in their disputes. There is only one response. Faced with this legislation we should say we will defy the law. It is the only action we can take and it is the only response this movement can give. If there is an attempt to use this legislation then you defy it not as an individual union but as a movement. Arthur Scargill
Nothing is more dangerous in practice, than an obstinate, unbending adherence to a system. Jean-Baptiste Say
I announce to you that your life is near its end; that if you obey not my words, you will go to hell, and this letter will be brought up against you before the judgment-seat of God, and leave you no way of escape. Girolamo Savonarola
You can't disobey the rules every time you disapprove. However, when you're considering something that constitutes an extreme abridgement of your rights, conscience is the court of last resort. Mario Savio
I am not a political person. My involvement in the Free Speech Movement is religious and moral... I don't know what made me get up and give that first speech. I only know I had to. What was it Kierkegaard said about free acts? They're the ones that, looking back, you realize you couldn't help doing. Mario Savio
Azerbaijan has exhausted the resources of trust in terms of autonomous status for minorities within its boundaries. It was not and is not capable of providing guarantees of even internal security to such autonomies. There was once another Armenian autonomy in Azerbaijan: Nakhijevan. What happened to it? Not a single Armenian is left in Nakhijevan. Serzh Sargsyan
The problem is … that many African states lack the capacity to establish the crucial conditions for capital accumulation and, additionally, act in economically irrational ways. This non-developmental or even anti-developmental thrust is manifest in the mismanagement, inefficiency, and pervasive corruption of the public sector as well as political instability and the inability to prevent widespread evasion of laws and regulations. John Richard Sandbrook
Those who can, must obey. Antonio de Oliveira Salazar
Sabbath stick Anonymous
The language of the law must not be foreign to the ears of those who are to obey it. Learned Hand
Liberty—liberty within the law—and civilization are inseparable. Warren G. Harding
The [Civil] war has taught this people [Southern whites[ only that the physical force of the nation cannot be resisted. They will be obedient to the letter of the law, perhaps, but the whole current of their lives flows in direct antagonism to its spirit.. Sidney Andrews
In a republic, if laws are not always respectable, they are always respected. Alexis de Tocqueville
I called each [friend] and stated bluntly that I needed an abortion and asked whether she knew anybody reasonably reliable who might do the job. Two ... said that they themselves had obtained abortions within the last two years. Each gave me without hesitation the name, address, and telephone number of her physician. The fourth friend did a little detective work and in twenty-four hours came up with another physician, chiefly remarkable for the fact that his office was directly across the street from one of the city's police precinct stations…. Is the time coming when we can rid ourselves of one more hypocrisy, closing the gap between what we do and what we say we do? Anonymous
The supreme majesty of the law and the power of this republican Government was illustrated anew to-day by the fresh scenes and proceedings in the great trial of impeachment. The business-like, almost matter-of-fact manner in which the Congress of the United States proceeds with this grave work is the most striking illustration of the innate love and reverence for law and order that characterize the American people. New York Times
The class of people we wish to deprive of guns, then, is the very class with the most inelastic demand for them—criminals—whereas the people most likely to comply with gun control laws don’t value guns in the first place. Daniel D. Polsby
Although I was aware they were illegal. We had become somewhat inured to using some activities that would help us in accomplishing what we thought was a legitimate cause Jeb Stuart Magruder
A dictatorship would be a lot easier ... so long as I'm the dictator. George W. Bush
… a country's laws are written upon paper, and that its customs are engraved upon brass. One may play with the one, but not with the other. It is less risky for a stranger to dance upon our Constitution in the public square than to affront one of our solidified customs. The one is merely eminently respectable, the other is sacred. Mark Twain
… every citizen of the republic ought to consider himself an unofficial policeman, and keep unsalaried watch and ward over the laws and their execution. Mark Twain
People seem to think that if a man is a Member of Parliament he may do what he pleases. Anthony Trollope
Political agitation, by the passions it arouses or the convictions it engenders, may in fact stimulate men to the violation of the law. Detestation of existing policies is easily transformed into forcible resistance of the authority which puts them in execution, and it would be folly to disregard the causal relation between the two. Yet to assimilate agitation, legitimate as such, with direct incitement to violent resistance, is to disregard the tolerance of all methods of political agitation which in normal times is a safeguard of free government. Learned Hand
This is the story of America. Everybody's doing what they think they're supposed to do. Jack Kerouac
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 are not masters but servants, and he rules them who obeys them. Henry Ward Beecher
There never was a law yet made, I conceive, that hit the taste exactly of every man, or every part of the community; of course, if this be a reason for opposition, no law can be executed at all without force George Washington
When each citizen submits himself to the authority of law he does not thereby decrease his independence or freedom, but rather increases it. By recognizing that he is a part of a larger body which is banded together for a common purpose, he becomes more than an individual, he rises to a new dignity of citizenship. Instead of finding himself restricted and confined by rendering obedience to public law, he finds himself protected and defended and in the exercise of increased and increasing rights. Calvin Coolidge
We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constitute the soul of republicanism. Benjamin Rush
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
Laws are only observed with the consent of the individuals concerned and a moral change still depends on the individual and not on the passage of any law. Eleanor Roosevelt
Harshness towards individuals who flout the laws and commands of state is for the public good; no greater crime against the public interest is possible than to show leniency to those who violate it. Armand Jean du Plessis; Cardinal
Warning: This Grape Juice in 6 Months Will Turn to Alcohol and Become Illegal. Anonymous
I have no doubt that if an actual ticking bomb situation were to arise, our law enforcement authorities would torture. The real debate is whether such torture should take place outside of our legal system or within it. The answer to this seems clear: If we are to have torture, it should be authorized by the law. Alan Dershowitz
The prosecution... wants to make sure the process by which the evidence was obtained is not truthfully presented, because, as often as not, that process will raise questions. Alan Dershowitz
… every police lieutenant considers himself, and rightly so, as more powerful than the General Law of the Union. Voltairine de Cleyre
In the transition epoch, surely crimes will come. Did the seed of tyranny ever bear good fruit? And can you expect Liberty to undo in a moment what Oppression has been doing for ages? Voltairine de Cleyre
What security have you for your own safety if every man of vile temper, of low instincts, of base purpose, can find in his own heart a higher law than that which is the rule of society, the Constitution, and the Bible? These higher-law preachers should be tarred and feathered, and whipped by those they have thus instigated. This, my friends, is what was called in good old revolutionary times, Lynch Law. It is sometimes the very best law, because it deals summary justice upon those who would otherwise escape from all other kinds of punishment. Jefferson Davis
At the moment, our society does not permit human cloning. But that could change. Morgan Freeman
A man who goes into a country must comply with the ceremonies in use there. Napoleon Bonaparte
The United States, in its early years engaged in massive illegal smuggling of intellectual properties from other counties…. The United states was a hotbed of intellectual piracy in the 19th century…. It was a way of jump-starting our industrial democracy…. Today we tell emerging nations, “do as we say, not as we did.” Peter Andreas
The guillotine governs. Bertrand Barere de Vieuzac
Once the government starts forbidding things, then someone will come around the corner saying, “I’ve got it.” Pete Hamill
I know no human being exempt from the law. The law is the security of the people of England; it is the security of every person that is governed, and of every person that governs. Edmund Burke
… all governments must frequently infringe the rules of justice to support themselves; that truth must give way to dissimulation, honesty to convenience, and humanity itself to the reigning interest. The whole of this mystery of iniquity is called the reason of state. It is a reason which I own I cannot penetrate. Edmund Burke
The first duty of a state is to provide for its own conservation. Until that point is secured, it can preserve and protect nothing else. But, if possible, it has greater interest in acting according to strict law than even the subject himself. For if the people see that the law is violated to crush them, they will certainly despise the law. They, or their party, will be easily led to violate it, whenever they can, by all the means in their power. Except in cases of direct war, whenever government abandons law, it proclaims anarchy. Edmund Burke
A good law is one that holds, whether you recognize it or not; a bad law is one that cannot, however much you ordain it. John Ruskin
Clandestine intelligence operations involve a constant breaking of all the rules.. To put it baldly, such operations are extra legal and sometimes illegal. John Magruder
Resolved, That the Democratic party will abide by the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States upon these questions of Constitutional Law … the enactments of the State Legislatures to defeat the faithful execution of the Fugitive Slave Law, are hostile in character, subversive of the Constitution, and revolutionary in their effect. Democratic Party
The art of power often involves brutality — and other offenses too. Jill Abramson
Sometimes not all adolescent victims [of sexually predatory priests] are so “innocent”. Some can be sexually very active and aggressive and often quite streetwise. Rembert Weakland
Contrary to most state laws, the Catholic Church considered the age of consent to be as young as 12. Janet Reitman
There will be no more blabbing secrets to the media. James R. Clapper
I am not quibbling, but there's a difference between something that's illegal and something that's clandestine. An entry into something like Dr. Fielding's office would simply be called an entry operation conducted under the auspices of competent authority. E. Howard Hunt
I know that the Southern People prefer a Govt. of their own but as soon as it is demonstrated that there cannot be an independent Southern Confederacy, many then will yield obedience rather than lose their Estates. William Tecumseh Sherman
We have decriminalized Wall Street malfeasance. Mark Shields
What passed at Charles Town ... although not equal in criminality to the proceedings in other colonies [the Boston Tea Party] can yet be considered in no other light than that of a most unwarrantable insult to the authority of this kingdom William Legge; 2nd Earl of Dartmouth
If you really want to help your country, sometimes you have to make uncomfortable decisions. Anthony Horowitz
What have we allowed ourselves to become? Are we no longer a nation of laws? Have we become instead a nation of men who make secret arrests? Are secret prisons now simply another tool of the federal government law enforcement? Is secret rendition of individuals now permitted, out of misplaced fear? Have we decided that the writ of habeas corpus is not worth defending? Is torture now an acceptable tool for making us safe? Unfortunately, the single answer to all of these questions from the leaders of our country and to many of our citizens appears to be yes. Ronald E. Paul
… employers use newcomers [illegal immigrants] to drive down wages because they are … in the shadows. Richard Trumka
I am one of the most persecuted men in the world—the victim of left wing magistrates. Silvio Berlusconi
If we refuse to obey our own laws, can we really preach to the world the importance of the rule of law. Rand Paul
The biggest drag on global growth in the coming decade will be lack of adherence to the rule of law Scott Lilly
To those who submit to rightful law and authority, all gentleness and forbearance; but to the petulant secessionist … death is a mercy, and the quicker he or she is disposed of the better. William Tecumseh Sherman
The law is only one of several imperfect and more or less external ways of defending what is better in life against what is worse. By itself, the law can never create anything better... Establishing respect for the law does not automatically ensure a better life for that, after all, is a job for people and not for laws and institutions. Vaclav Havel
When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find that far more, and far more hideous, crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion. C. P. Snow
American experimentation on humans continued during the Cold War in violation of the Nuremberg Code. Annie Jacobsen
We can't expect to get anywhere unless we resort to terrorism: speculators must be shot on the spot. Moreover, bandits must be dealt with just as resolutely: they must be shot on the spot. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
It is necessary … to agree to any and every sacrifice, and even—if need be—to resort to all sorts of stratagems, maneuvers and illegal methods, to evasion and subterfuges in order to penetrate the trade unions, to remain in them, and to carry on Communist work in them at all costs. Vladimir Lenin; Nikolai
People whose lives are barren and insecure seem to show a greater willingness to obey than people who are self-sufficient and self-confident. Eric Hoffer
Instead of focusing on Snowden and shooting the messenger, we should really focus on the crimes of the NSA [National Security Agency]. Whatever laws Snowden may or may not have broken, they are infinitesimally small compared to the two major surveillance laws and the 4th Amendment to the Constitution that the NSA violated. Jesselyn Radack
The U. S. Government tends to be vindictive in these cases when it comes to people who have exposed their wrongdoing. U. S. political Officials who … violate the Constitution of the United States—they get promotions; the people who expose them, like Mr Snowden, get indictments. Glenn Greenwald
Obedience to government is every man's duty, because it is every man's interest; but it is particularly incumbent on Christians, because (in addition to its moral fitness) it is enjoined by the positive commands of God; and, therefore, when Christians are disobedient to human ordinances, they are also disobedient to God. If the form of government under which the good providence of God has been pleased to place us be mild and free, it is our duty to enjoy it with gratitude and with thankfulness and, in particular, to be careful not to abuse it by licentiousness. If it be less indulgent and less liberal than in reason it ought to be, still it is our duty not to disturb and destroy the peace of the community by becoming refractory and rebellious subjects and resisting the ordinances of God. Jonathan Boucher
… by consenting with others to make one body-politic under government, a man puts himself under an obligation to every one of that society to submit to the determination of the majority, and to be concluded by it. John Locke
When the U. S. Government violates International Law, that sets a precedent and provides an excuse for the rest of the world to do the same. Zeke Johnson
Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap -- let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; -- let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars. Abraham Lincoln
Unless we have the Republicans joining us and helping us … we’ll have a mutiny in this goddamned country. So we’ve got to make this an American bill and not just a Democratic bill … It doesn’t do any good to have a law like the Volstead Act if you can’t enforce it Lyndon B. Johnson
By God, we’ve got to get rid of the lawyers. William J. Casey
Fuck the Congress. Send the stuff now! Oliver North
[William J.] Casey was guilty of Contempt of Congress from the day he was sworn in. Robert M. Gates
While a law is in force it should be lived up to. You have a right to try to change it, and if you can persuade the majority that it should be changed then it will be changed. But you must abide by a law until it is changed or you will be flouting the fundamental things that make us a democracy and a law-abiding nation. Eleanor Roosevelt
When I blew the whistle on the whole thing, it was [William J.] Casey who, I felt, regarded what I had done as treason. Abraham Sofaer
I learned serving under William J. Casey, that the Clandestine Service is the heart and soul of the agency [the CIA]. It is also the part that can land you in jail. Robert M. Gates
All his training as a lawyer and a judge was that you didn’t do illegal things. He could never accept that this is exactly what the CIA does when it operates abroad. We break the laws of their countries. It’s how we collect information. It’s why we’re in business. Duane R. Clarridge
Detain terrorists … set up detention facilities outside the United States. George W. Bush
I would urge that we at home now move on to the unfinished task of building a new South. We must not forever by bound to another lost cause. Charles Weltner
I love the Congress, but I will give up my office before I give up my principles Charles Weltner
The real problem is the awakening of religious extremism and the rabbinate's blatant and zealous strive for power and dominion. They challenge the government and position themselves and the Torah above the law. Shulamit Alon
The only chance women have for justice in this country is to violate the law Susan B. Anthony
While I strongly disagree with the court’s decision, I accept it. Al Gore
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion. Oscar Wilde
If the Soviet Government orders me to act against my conscience, I do not obey …. Conscience is above the law. No law which is against the conscience can bind. Leonid Ivanovich Feodorov
Harshness towards individuals who flout the laws and commands of state is for the public good; no greater crime against the public interest is possible than to show leniency to those who violate it. Armand Jean du Plessis; Cardinal
Didn't I tell you so? What good did your moderation do you? If you don't kill the beast, it will kill you Thaddeus Stevens
We respect law, when the law respects our needs. Whenever legality clashes with morality, legality should be opposed and morality should be upheld. Goparaju Ramachandra Rao
We, who are now embarked in this cause, have to renew our determination, and in proportion as power is exerted against us to oppose ourselves to it as a wall of brass. Let us receive but not return its shocks; for if we abide by the law and pursue truth and justice we may suffer loss for a moment, but as certainly as Providence presides over human affairs every arm lifted against us shall not prosper, and against every tongue that contendeth with us we will obtain our cause. James Warren Doyle
The advocacy of truth will always excite hostility, and he who enforces justice will ever have to combat against the powers of this world. James Warren Doyle
… in your opposition to this pest of agriculture and bane of religion [the Tithe], keep always before your eyes a salutary dread of those statutes which guard the tithe. Let no violence or combination to inspire dread be ever found in your proceedings. Justice has no need of such allies. In these countries, if you only obey the law and reverence the constitution, they both will furnish you with ample means whereby to overthrow all oppression, and will secure to you the full enjoyment of every social right. James Warren Doyle
There are .. two choices: obedience to institutional authority or radical dissent from it. David D. Cole
Can Ireland, the poorest nation in Europe, support the most affluent and luxurious priesthood which does not profess the religion of the people, nor minister to the wants of the poor? James Warren Doyle
BEING CONVINCED in our consciences that Home Rule would be disastrous to the material well-being of Ulster as well as of the whole of Ireland, subversive of our civil and religious freedom, destructive of our citizenship, and perilous to the unity of the Empire, we, whose names are underwritten, men of Ulster …. do hereby pledge ourselves in solemn Covenant, throughout this our time of threatened calamity, to stand by one another in defending, for ourselves and our children, our cherished position of equal citizenship in the United Kingdom, and in using all means which may be found necessary to defeat the present conspiracy to set up a Home Rule Parliament in Ireland. And in the event of such a Parliament being forced upon us, we further solemnly and mutually pledge ourselves to refuse to recognize its authority. In sure confidence that God will defend the right, we hereto subscribe our names. Anonymous
If I was in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists. Sarah Palin
The NSA has shown, time and time again, it will seize on any wiggle room in the law . Mark Udall
The Snowden leaks were important – a legitimate scoop – and we might never have known about the NSA’s law breaking if it had not been for them. Michael Kinsley
We needed to be uncompromising [with our workforce], to expect 100 percent of our employees to comply 100 percent of the time with complex and ever-changing government mandates. Striving to comply with every law does not mean agreeing with every law. But, even when faced with laws we think are counter-productive, we must first comply. Only then, from a credible position, can we enter into a dialogue with regulatory agencies to demonstrate alternatives that are more beneficial. If these efforts fail, we can then join with others in using education and/or political efforts to change the law Charles Koch
The Dutch public has always been accustomed to being treated according to the letter of the law. Isaac Jan Alexander Gogel
Better to be always in a minority of one with God — branded as madman, incendiary, fanatic, heretic, infidel — frowned upon by "the powers that be," and mobbed by the populace — or consigned ignominiously to the gallows, like him whose "soul is marching on," though his "body lies moldering in the grave," or burnt to ashes at the stake like Wickliffe, or nailed to the cross like him who "gave himself for the world," — in defense of the RIGHT, than like Herod, having the shouts of a multitude crying, "It is the voice of a God, and not of a man!". William Lloyd Garrison
The Jackson-Lincoln Theory of the Presidency: Occasionally great national crises arise which call for immediate and vigorous executive action, and that in such cases it is the duty of the President to act upon the theory that he is the steward of the people and … that he has the legal right to do whatever the needs of the people demand, unless the Constitution or the laws explicitly forbid him to do it.. Theodore Roosevelt
We, the people of the United States, and nobody else, must cure whatever is wrong with the industrial situation, typified by this narrative of the Standard Oil Company. Ida Tarbell
I am so angry with that infernal, little, Cuban republic that I would like to wipe its people off the face of the earth. All that we wanted from them is that they would behave themselves and be prosperous and happy so that we would not have to interfere. Theodore Roosevelt
The Republican approach would compel the trusts to conduct their business in a lawful manner while [William Jennings] Bryan and the Democrats would destroy the entire business in order to stamp out the evils which they have practiced. William Howard Taft
At the foundation of our civil liberties lies the principle that denies to government officials an exceptional position before the law and which subjects them to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. Louis D. Brandeis
To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means -- to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal -- would bring terrible retribution. Louis D. Brandeis
Men have discovered no technique for long preserving free government except that the executive be under the law.. Robert Houghwout Jackson
The right to defy an unconstitutional statute is basic …. Potter Stewart
I think it less evil that some criminals should escape than that the government should play an ignoble part. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped, but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment. Mark Twain
As long as I am Attorney General, no reporter who is doing his job is going to go to jail. Eric Holder
I have only two choices: Give up everything I believe in – or go to jail. James Risen
It is a very dangerous method of upholding reform to violate the law in so doing, even on the ground of high moral principle, or saving the public. William Howard Taft
… when it is shown to us that a person is serving an illegal sentence our obligation is to direct that proper steps be taken to correct the wrong done, without regard to the character of a particular defendant or to the possible effect on others who might also want to challenge the legality of their sentences as they have the right to do 'at any time' under Rule 35. If it has any relevance at all, the fact that there may be other prisoners in this country's jails serving illegal sentences would seem to me to make it all the more imperative that we grant appropriate relief in this case rather than search for some obviously dubious excuse to deny this petitioner's claim.. Hugo Black
Ours will neither be a perfect world, nor a world without disagreement and occasional violence. But it will be a world where the overwhelming majority of national leaders will consistently abide by the rule of world law, and those who won't will be dealt with effectively and with due process by the structures of that same world law.. Walter Cronkite
No man can make a million dollars honestly. William Jennings Bryan
Mob rule can not be allowed to override the decisions of our courts. Dwight D. Eisenhower
For it is always to be remembered that it is the spirit with which a constitution is in practice administered, that is the great point of consequence, far more than the letter of the law William Smyth
Make the law and then find a way around it. Italian Proverb
The two of us have made our decision and we are in complete agreement. We are now giving you our definitive word, which may not be altered or modified. Listen and obey! Cixi
The city of Peking [Beijing] is a novel site for a European. He will not weary of admiring the manner in which the nearly 3 million people gathered within its vast enclosure are ruled by the police as schoolchildren by their masters. People coming and going fill streets wider than the Luxembourg Palace in Paris. The crowd is beyond belief, yet peace reigns everywhere. Jean Joseph Marie Amiot
When demonstrators are being civilly disobedient, they will in most cases be given a chance to adhere to the law before being arrested, and then if necessary, they will be arrested in a non-violent manner. Francis G. Slay
… willingness to face an ugly truth and say, “Never Again”. Dianne Feinstein
What do they want us to do? Kiss them [suspected terrorists] on both cheeks.... The report is full of crap. Dick Cheney
I would like to see the United States live up to U. S. law and international law. Living up to international law is probably too much to expect, but at least they could live up to United States law. Noam Chomsky
I could not stay if the White House was going to engage in activities for which the Justice Department had determined that there was no legal basis. James Comey
well-meaning programs celebrating multiculturalism … might aggravate more than educate, might intensify rather than diminish, intolerance. Karen Stenner
Anybody who decides that they may override a sovereign may find that they are not able to do that. Bill Gates
This would be bad for America Tim Cook
War is the health of the state. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense. Randolph Bourne
Just because you can’t execute collusion well, doesn’t mean that it isn’t collusion. Jeffery Goldberg