❝A short saying oft contains much wisdom.❞
Sophocles (496BC – 406BC)

Our growing selection of quotes on law, especially realted to driving issues, from both the  good guys  and the  bad guys .
 
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“Our trip opened my eyes to how insane the rules are in Britain — CCTV cameras everywhere, congestion charge — a ludicrous nanny state.”
Ewan McGregor, October 2007
The Scotsman

 
Quotes pertaining to Law
“Where you find the laws most numerous, there you will find also the greatest injustice.”
Arcesilaus

“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
Plato
428–348 BC

“Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
c. 4BC - 65AD.

“The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.”
[Latin: Ius summum saepe summa est malitia.]
Publius Terentius Afer

“Pity is the virtue of the law, and none but tyrants use it cruelly.”
William Shakespeare

“Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.”
Edmund Burke

“You must recognize that some things that are legally right are not morally right.”
Abraham Lincoln

“The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law', because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
Thomas Jefferson
1743–1826

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”
Thomas B. Reed 1886

“Can our form of government, our system of justice, survive if one can be denied a freedom because he might abuse it?”
Harlon Carter

“If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.”
Louis D. Brandeis

“It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.”
Earl Warren (1891 - 1974)

“If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.”
Winston Churchill, 1931

“Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm living public opinion.”
Wendell Phillips

“Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the blind obedience of fools.”
Douglas Bader

“To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all laws into contempt.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.”
H.L. Mencken
Minority Report
1956

“Just as it is the duty of all men to obey just laws, so it is the duty of all men to disobey unjust laws.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)

“Law that is unclear is objectionable on many grounds. It confuses the courts, adds to their work and wastes the time of all who have to unravel it. It leaves the citizen uncertain of his duties and obligations, and exposed to the possibility of penal sanctions for unwitting violations — a situation as ridiculous as it is unfair."
 
"Justice demands that the law — and particularly the criminal law — refrains from penalizing conduct "unmeet for punishment", and discriminating against any particular section of the community. Road traffic law offends against both these principles. It seeks to punish behaviour to which attaches little, if any, moral blame; and it is discriminatory, no less by reason of the inescapably random nature of its enforcement than by its denial to the driver of equal treatment by the law.”
Professor P J Fitzgerald
'Road Accidents: Prevent or Punish'
1969

“It is hard to believe that prosecuting more and more people every year is the best way of securing a good-tempered community, that accepts and observes codes of conduct designed for everyone's safety and convenience.”
Professor R M Jackson, circa 1969

“The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”
Ayn Rand

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
Bishop Desmond Tutu

“Custody rates for some quite petty offending have quadrupled, motoring offences for example. ... They don't need to be in jail in such numbers”
Martin Narey, head of the Prison Service
BBC 2004-01-18

“One in 10 murderers in London goes free. Three in 10 armed robbers do so too. Fewer than one in a 1,000 motoring offences goes unpunished. So, if you have to murder or commit an armed robbery, don't speed away and you'll have reasonable odds of living to kill or rob another day. ”
Gordon Meek
Letter to the Daily Telegraph
2005-06-16

“Our trip opened my eyes to how insane the rules are in Britain — CCTV cameras everywhere, congestion charge — a ludicrous nanny state.”
Ewan McGregor, October 2007
The Scotsman

“You see, that's the whole point of being in government. If you don't like something you simply make up a law that makes it illegal.”
Richard Curtis
The Boat That Rocked
2009

Quotes from the bad guys
(The lack of any quotes here is significant. Those who abuse the law to further their own agendas tend not to talk about it.)