The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
—Anatole France (1844–1924) French Novelist
The violation of some laws is a normal part of the behavior of every citizen.
—Stuart Chase (1888–1985) American Economist, Engineer, Author
Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law.
—Jean Anouilh (1910–87) French Dramatist
It is a very easy thing to devise good laws; the difficulty is to make them effective. The great mistake is that of looking upon men as virtuous, or thinking that they can be made so by laws; and consequently the greatest art of a politician is to render vices serviceable to the cause of virtue.
—Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke (1678–1751) English Politician, Philosopher
The liberty of a people consists in being governed by laws which they have made themselves, under whatsoever form it be of government. The liberty of a private man, in being master of his own time and actions, as far as may consist with the laws of God and of his country.
—Abraham Cowley (1618–67) English Poet, Essayist