The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it.
Henry David Thoreau
More quotes by Henry David Thoreau
However intense my experience, I am conscious of the presence and criticism of a part of me, which, as it were, is not a part of me, but a spectator, sharing no experience, but taking note of it, and that is no more I than it is you. When the play, it may be the tragedy, of life is over, the spectator goes his way. It was a kind of fiction, a work of the imagination only, so far as he was concerned.
I lose my respect for the man who can make the mystery of sex the subject of a coarse jest, yet when you speak earnestly and seriously on the subject, is silent.
Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech.
More quotes about Law
Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
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.
You get a lawyer whether you’re in a military tribunal or whether you’re in a federal court, number one. The attorney general decided that the court with the biggest – with the greatest venue, with the best jurisdiction was the New York court. That was the right decision to make.
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.
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.