It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.
Henry David Thoreau
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I suppose you think that persons who are as old as your father and myself are always thinking about very grave things, but I know that we are meditating the same old themes that we did when we were ten years old, only we go more gravely about it.
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets. We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.
The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.
More quotes about Law
Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
Men are not governed by justice, but by law or persuasion. When they refuse to be governed by law or persuasion, they have to be governed by force or fraud, or both.
When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.
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.
An incompetent attorney can delay a trial for months or years. A competent attorney can delay one even longer.