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There are two ways of contesting, the one by the law, the other by force; the first method is proper to men, the second to beasts."
Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince
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Obedience to the law one has prescribed for oneself is freedom."
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Of the Social Contract, or Principles of Political Right
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Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law."
Immanuel Kant - Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals
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Why should the law refuse its protection to any sensitive being? The time will come when humanity will extend its mantle over everything which breathes."
Jeremy Bentham - Principles of Penal Law
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Article VIII – The law should establish only penalties that are strictly and evidently necessary, and no one can be punished but under a law established and promulgated before the offense and legally applied."
- Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789
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Article VI – The law is the expression of the general will. All the citizens have the right of contributing personally or through their representatives to its formation. It must be the same for all, either that it protects, or that it punishes. All the citizens, being equal in its eyes, are equally admissible to all public dignities, places and employments, according to their capacity and without distinction other than that of their virtues and of their talents."
- Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789
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Article V – The law has the right to forbid only actions harmful to society. Anything which is not forbidden by the law cannot be impeded, and no one can be constrained to do what it does not order."
- Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789
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Article IV – Liberty consists of doing anything which does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of each man has only those borders which assure other members of the society the enjoyment of these same rights. These borders can be determined only by the law."
- Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789
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It is impossible for society to exist without laws."
Diogenes of Sinope
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No man's error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it."
Thomas Hobbes - Leviathan
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In time of war the laws are silent."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man may present his views without penalty, there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population."
Albert Einstein
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A just king must be the first to observe those laws that he has himself prescribed."
Giovanni Boccaccio - The Decameron
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It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law."
Thomas Hobbes
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If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law."
Winston Churchill
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No crime without law."
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Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced."
Albert Einstein
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Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."
Plato
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Nature never breaks her own laws."
Leonardo da Vinci
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