Philosophy to day

LaW and JusTiCe

LaW and JuStIcE

“For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero, On the laws

“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”
 Martin Luther King Jr.

“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.”
 Tacitus

“The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.”
 Aristotle

The touchstone of everything that can be concluded as a law for a people lies in the question whether the people could have imposed such a law on itself.”
 Immanuel Kant

“Law is made by the winner to preserve victory over the loser.”
 Toba Beta

“Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law.”
 Margaret Thatcher

“For every crime that comes before him, a judge is required to complete a perfect syllogism in which the major premise must be the general law; the minor, the action that conforms or does not conform to the law; and the conclusion, acquittal or punishment. If the judge were constrained, or if he desired to frame even a single additional syllogism, the door would thereby be opened to uncertainty.”
 Cesare Beccaria

“Laws change more slowly than custom, and though dangerous when they fall behind the times are more dangerous still when the presume to anticipate custom.”
 Marguerite Yourcenar

“If you want a world ruled by law and not by force you must build up, from the very grassroots, a respect for law.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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