Legal - Quotes & Sayings

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Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.

Potter Stewart

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

Thomas Hobbes

It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.

Voltaire

Make crime pay. Become a lawyer.

Will Rogers

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.

Plato

We need to remain a nation that doesn't just welcome but that celebrates legal immigrants who come here seeking to pursue the American Dream.

Ted Cruz

A duped newspaper or magazine could contend that a fiction-spouting journalist obtained part of his salary via fraud, and use a criminal proceeding to try and recoup that money. Given the profession's notoriously low wages, however, it's probably not worth the publicity headache and legal fees. No news organization has ever pursued such a case.

Brendan I. Koerner

Well, when I think of steroids I think of an image. You have the advantage over someone, which is a form of cheating. I guess it wouldn't be right unless it was legal for everybody. Reason it's not legal for everybody is because it can hurt people seriously.

Evander Holyfield

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

Saint Augustine

Fairness is what justice really is.

Potter Stewart

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.

Calvin Coolidge

If taxes are laid upon us in any shape without our having a legal representation where they are laid, are we not reduced from the character of free subjects to the miserable state of tributary slaves? We claim British rights not by charter only! We are born to them.

Samuel Adams

The keystone to justice is the belief that the legal system treats all fairly.

Janet Reno

We will have to accept a certain degree of legal immigration; that's globalisation... In the era of the smartphone, we cannot shut ourselves away... people know full well how we live in Europe.

Angela Merkel

Globalization is a great thing, but it needs a legal framework in which to blossom.

Loretta Napoleoni

If Moses had gone to Harvard Law School and spent three years working on the Hill, he would have written the Ten Commandments with three exceptions and a saving clause.

Charles Morgan

I'm for the DREAM Act. It makes so much sense. Following the implementation of the DREAM Act, we'll have a case study we can point to where we can say that we provided a path to citizenship or legal involvement in the community for these young immigrants, and the sky didn't fall.

Beto O'Rourke

I know how easy it is for one to stay well within moral, ethical, and legal bounds through the skillful use of words - and to thereby spin, sidestep, circumvent, or bend a truth completely out of shape. To that extent, we are all liars on numerous occasions.

Sidney Poitier

That which is not just is not law.

William Lloyd Garrison

Alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical drugs are legal, but they can hurt a lot of people.

Ziggy Marley

I got some cash from agents. I've talked to the NCAA. I think that should be legal. I want some money, too; everybody else is making money. I want to go on dates. I want to go buy myself some new suits. I want to buy myself some new sneakers, and I paid the agents back.

Charles Barkley

There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations.

Edmund Burke

Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I write on big yellow legal pads - ideas in outline form when I'm doing stand-up and stuff. It's vivid that way. I can't type it into an iPad - I think that would put a filter into the process.

Robin Williams

There should not be a question of legal or illegal immigration. People came and immigrated to this country from the time of the Indians. No one's illegal. They should just be able to come.

Linda Ronstadt

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.

Jonathan Swift

I would say that IQ is the strongest predictor of which field you can get into and hold a job in, whether you can be an accountant, lawyer or nurse, for example.

Daniel Goleman

Advertising is legalized lying.

H. G. Wells

I've always thought legal addictions are a great way to create a business. Starbucks is a wonderful example.

Nolan Bushnell

I've led a school whose faculty and students examine and discuss and debate every aspect of our law and legal system. And what I've learned most is that no one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom. I've learned that we make progress by listening to each other, across every apparent political or ideological divide.

Elena Kagan

Of all the questions I get asked as an undocumented immigrant in the United States, there are two - asked in various permutations via email, social media or in person - that chill me to the bone: 'Why don't you just make yourself legal?' And: 'Why don't you get in the back of the line?'

Jose Antonio Vargas

The history of American democracy, to say the least, has been checkered. Our nation was founded at a time when people of African descent were held in bondage. After slavery was abolished, they were forced to endure legal discrimination for another 100 years.

Bernie Sanders

As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not.

Rodrigo Duterte

Common sense often makes good law.

William O. Douglas

A potlatch is similar to a court case in that both are prohibitively expensive; both involve lengthy speeches and the vigorous examination and debate of the actions, rights and legal responsibilities of the participants. One has food, singing and spiritual rites; the other, not so much.

Eden Robinson

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.

Robert Louis Stevenson

It is right to give every man his due.

Plato

On the issue of the gay marriage, I believe if people want to have private ceremonies, that's fine. I do not believe that gay marriages should be legal.

John McCain

Socialism, reduced to its simplest legal and practical expression, means the complete discarding of the institution of private property by transforming it into public property, and the division of the resultant public income equally and indiscriminately among the entire population.

George Bernard Shaw

A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman.

Robert Frost

We owe the Aboriginal peoples a debt that is four centuries old. It is their turn to become full partners in developing an even greater Canada. And the reconciliation required may be less a matter of legal texts than of attitudes of the heart.

Romeo LeBlanc

In 1987, I had my first opportunity to provide 'advice and consent' on a Supreme Court nominee. At that time, I stated that the qualifications essential for evaluating a nominee for the bench included 'integrity, character, legal competence and ability, experience, and philosophy and judicial temperament.' On that test, Elena Kagan fails.

John McCain

We should have a path to legal status for the 12 million people that are here illegally. It means, come out from the shadows, pay a fine, earn legal status by working, by paying taxes, learning English. Not committing crimes and earn legal status where you're not cutting in front of the line for people that are patiently waiting outside.

Jeb Bush

Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.

Michel de Montaigne

Being a justice. If you love law the way I do... you're given the job of a lifetime... you're permitted to address the most important legal questions of the country, and sometimes the world. And in doing so, you make a difference in people's lives.

Sonia Sotomayor

The trouble with law is lawyers.

Clarence Darrow

People do not win people fights. Lawyers do.

Norman Ralph Augustine

Rule-following, legal precedence, and political consistency are not more important than right, justice and plain common-sense.

W. E. B. Du Bois

I think in London - and I don't wanna offend anybody in America, but this is a real statement - they still have the right approach to making music. In the U.S., people see it as a way to make money; they see it as a means to get out. It's a hustle, which is great - any way you can provide for your family that's legal is fantastic.

Jay-Z

In Psalm 72, Solomon prays for power and fame but he says the purpose of influence is to speak up for others and one is the immigrant. He doesn't delineate between legal and illegal.

Rick Warren