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78,992.  We live in and by the law.  It makes us what we are: citizens and employees and doctors and spouses and people who own things. It is sword, shield, and menace: we insist on our wage, or refuse to pay our rent, or are forced to forfeit penalties, or are closed up in jail, all in the name of what our abstract and ethereal sovereign, the law, has decreed.  And we argue about what it has decreed, even when the books that are supposed to record its commands and directions are silent; we act then as if law had muttered its doom, too low to be heard distinctly.  We are subjects of law's empire, liegemen to its methods and ideals, bound in spirit while we debate what we must therefore do.  Ronald Dworkin, Law's Empire preface 1986

 

 

5,337.  It is easy to be disgruntled if you are denied rights and freedoms to which you feel entitled.  But if you are not coherent, if you cannot put into words what it is that displeases you and why it is unfair and should change, then you are dismissed as an unreasonable whiner.  You may be lectured about perseverance and patience, life as a test, the need to accept the higher wisdom of others.  (Civil Liberties & Rights & Freedom & Human Rights)  Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nomad: From Islam to America

 

 

79,012.  Mrs Weston is clearly liable for damage to the lamp-post.  In the civil law if a driver goes off the road on the pavement and injures a pedestrian, or damages property, he is prima facie liable.  Likewise if he goes on the wrong side of the road.  It is no answer for him to say, ‘I was a learner-driver under instruction.  I was doing my best and could not help it.’  The civil law permits no such excuse.  It requires of him the same standing of care as any driver.  (Responsibility & Car & Road & Learning & Law)  Lord Denning MR, Nettleship v Weston [1971] 2 QB 691 (CA)

 

 

80,324.  Good-bye, Allan.  My lawyer will call your lawyer.  (Marriage & Divorce & Lawyer)  Play It Again, Sam 1972 starring Woody Allen & Diane Keaton & Jerry Lacy & Tony Roberts & Sisan Anspach & Jennifer Salt & Joy Bang & Viva & Susanne Zenor & Diana Davila et al, director Herbert Ross

 

 

83,304.  I respect the law just fine; I’m just not in awe of it, I’m not encumbered by it.  (Judgement & Law)  The Judge 2014 starring Robert Downey junior & Robert Duvall & Vera Farmiga & Vincent D'Onofrio & Jeremy Strong & Billy Bob Thornton & Sarah Lancaster & David Krumholtz & Emma Tremblay et al, director David Dobkin, Downey opening scene  

 

 

87,000.  They always need lawyers after a revolution to straighten out the legal end.  (Law & Revolution)  The Last Tycoon 1976 starring Robert de Niro & Jack Nicholson & Tony Curtis & Robert Mitchum & Jeanne Moreau & Donald Pleasence & Ray Milland & Dana Andrews & Ingrid Boulting & Peter Strauss & Theresa Russell et al, director Elia Kazan

 

 

87,153.  George Maben was sentenced to thirteen years in prison – two less than the standard tariff for premeditated murder.  The judge described Maben as a kind and caring person and unlikely to kill again.  The family were horrified.  (Murder & Law & Judge & Court)  Murdering the Mother in Law: Countdown to Murder, Channel 5 2015

  

87,154.  George Maben’s sentence was revised by the Court of Appeal.  He was given an extra five years in prison.  (Murder & Law & Judge & Court)  ibid.

 

 

89,709.  The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms – you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow.  (State & Law & Arms)  Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince  

 

 

90,266.  But I am Chancellor of England.  And I will not have it said that the Law acts against the people.  The people themselves have rights.  (Robin Hood & Law & Rights)  Sword of Sherwood Forest 1960 starring Richard Greene & Peter Cushing & Sarah Branch & Nigel Green & Vanda Godsell & Edwin Richfield & Charles Lamb & Richard Pasco & Niall MacGinnis & Jack Gwillim & Oliver Reed & Patrick Crean & Dennis Lotis & Derren Nesbitt et al, director Terence Fisher, heroic dude

 

 

91,929.  Where the law ends tyranny begins.  (Law & Tyranny)  Henry Fielding

 

 

93,435.  It is legal because I wish it.  (Wish & Legal)  Louis XIV

 

 

95,651.  By the late 1990s, the consequences of Japan’s policy on legal training were jaw-dropping by international comparison.  Germany had one lawyer for every 724 head of the population.   Britain one for every 656, and the United States one for every 285 citizens.  In Japan, there was one lawyer for every 5,995 people.  Basically, the mafia occupies a huge segment of Japan's de facto legal system, which is, of course, what some people observe about lawyers in the US.  Misha Glenny, McMafia

 

 

96,109.  The young [Thomas] More set out to acquire the basics of what had become an elaborately codified system of procedures and precedents.  But first it was necessary to understand a new language, the language of the law, which was not simply a matter of terminology but also of tongue.  English was used for general argument in the courts, while most of the statutes and writs were composed in Latin; but formal pleading, and the exercises known as ‘moots’, were conducted in a strange judicial vernacular called ‘Law French’.  Peter Ackroyd, The Life of Thomas More  

 

96,122.  For thirty-one months Thomas More embodied the law of England.  He was the presiding figure in Chancery and in the Star Chamber; he was known as ‘the keeper of the king’s conscience’ and, in that capacity, he was permitted to apply equity and more judgement in the strict application of the law.  (Henry VIII & Law)  ibid.  p287

 

 

38,838.  A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.  (Government & Govern & State & Law)  Rene Descartes

 

 

98,277.  You don’t ask; you don’t care.  You just do the goddamn job.  It’s not as if they’re your friends, for Christ’ sake.  (Murder & Lawyer)  Primal Fear 1996 starring Edward Norton & Richard Gere & Laura Linney & John Mahoney & Alfre Woodard & Frances McDormand & Reg Rogers & Terry O’Quinn & Andre Braugher & Steven Bauer & Joe Spano et al, Gere in bar   

 

 

98,417.  You want me to respect the law?  Then make the law respectable.  (Suffragettes & Law)  Suffragette 2015 starring Helena Bonham Carter & Carey Mulligan & Meryl Streeo & Natalie Press & Annie-Marie Duff & Romola Garai & Ben Whisaw & Brendon Gleeson & Samuel West & Adrian Schiller et al, director Sarah Gavron,  Suffragette  

 

 

99,952.  At the bottom this erodes the importance of the vote for people in this country … It prevents people using the ballot box … to change taxes and laws … We are being invited to give up those rights.  (European Union & Great Britain & Law & Constitution & Democracy & Politics)  Panorama, Tony Benn vs Roy Jenkins ***** with David Dimbleby, BBC 1975, Benn

 

99,953.  Will destroy all that is most valuable in Britain.  (European Union & Great Britain & Law & Constitution & Democracy & Politics)  ibid.      

 

99,954.  Absolute sovereignty is nonsense.  (European Union & Great Britain & Law & Constitution & Democracy & Politics)  ibid.  Jenkins  

 

99,955.  I think it’s about democracy.  (European Union & Great Britain & Law & Constitution & Democracy & Politics)  ibid.  Benn   

 

99,956.  ‘Pool our sovereignty.’  (European Union & Great Britain & Law & Constitution & Democracy & Politics)  ibid.  Jenkins

 

99,957.  It would create jobs for our people – that was his [Heath] phrase.  (European Union & Great Britain & Law & Constitution & Democracy & Politics)  ibid.  Benn

 

99,958.  Common Market membership has been a disaster.  (European Union & Great Britain & Law & Constitution & Democracy & Politics)  ibid.

 

99,959.  We’ve really got to have confidence in this country’s capacity to survive.  (European Union & Great Britain & Law & Constitution & Democracy & Politics)  ibid.  

 

99,960.  An economic and monetary union is a long way off … I think as a long-term objective, yes, it could be highly desirable.  (European Union & Great Britain & Law & Constitution & Democracy & Politics)  ibid.  

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