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"Law is twofold - natural and written. The natural law is in the heart, the written law on tables. All men are under the natural law." - Ambrose

"Law is twofold - natural and written. The natural law is in the heart, the written law on tables. All men are under the natural law." - Saint Ambrose

"The discovery of natural law is a meeting with God." - Friedrich Dessauer

"An apparent contradiction of a natural law is only the rarely occurring proof of another natural law." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Theories of "natural law" and the "law of nations" are another excellent example of discussions destitute of all exactness. [...] "Natural law" is simply that law of which the person using the phrase approves[....]" - Vilfredo Pareto

"The natural law is the origin and principle of all virtues and their acts, therefore we must first speak about natural law." - William of Auxerre

"No State shall pass any law impairing the [natural] obligation of contracts." - Lysander Spooner

"Music is natural law as related to the sense of hearing." - Anton Webern

"Christianity [is] a rebellion against natural law, a protest against nature." - Adolf Hitler

"All... natural rights may be abridged or modified in [their] exercise by law." - Thomas Jefferson

"It's a natural law: You receive as much as you give." - Paul Karasik

"Isn't that weird, we've made nature against the law. That's how un-natural we've become." - Bill Hicks

"Natural law. Sons are put on this earth to trouble their fathers." - Paul Newman

"Those fields which most depend upon authoritative opinion for their data least contain known natural law." - L Ron Hubbard

"The natural law is an instrument for progress, not a weapon of revolution." - Russell Kirk

"Intellectual laziness is punishable by brain death. It is a natural law." - Erik Naggum

"There is one unity, unified wholeness, total natural law, in the transcendental unified consciousness." - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

"I still believe in synergy, but I call it natural law." - Barry Diller

"Not as a demonstrated natural law, but as a working hypothesis." - Henry Norris Russell

"A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of Saint Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural law." - Martin Luther

"The very idea of law originates in men's natural rights. There is no other standard, than natural rights, by which civil law can be measured. Law has always been the name of that rule or principle of justice, which protects those rights. Thus we speak of natural law." - Lysander Spooner

"Celibacy is not natural to men or to women; all bodily needs require their legitimate satisfaction, and celibacy is a disregard of natural law." - Annie Besant

"There is a natural law, a Divine law, that obliges you and me to relieve the suffering, the distressed and the destitute." - Conrad Hilton

"Providence is but another name for natural law. Natural law itself would go out in a minute if it were not for the divine thought that is behind it." - Henry Ward Beecher

"The constitution of the universe is total natural law. 'Natural law,' we say from the field of science. 'Will of God,' we say from the field of religion. It's the same thing." - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

"If equity and human natural reason were allowed there would be no law, there would be no lawyers." - Christina Stead

"Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a be general natural law." - Jerome

"Our belief in any particular natural law cannot have a safer basis than our unsuccessful critical attempts to refute it." - Karl Popper

"With children use force with men reason; such is the natural order of things. The wise man requires no law." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"With children use force; with men reason; such is the natural order of things. The wise man requires no law." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Is' that weird, we"ve made nature against the law. That's how un-natural we"ve become." - Bill Hicks

"The law of gratitude is the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal and in opposite directions." - Wallace D. Wattles

"Tears are the natural penalties of pleasure. It is a law that we should pay for all that we enjoy." - William Gilmore Simms

"Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a be general natural law." - St Jerome

"Ours is a representative republic with a Constitution in which is recognized the natural law and the natural rights of man. It is a republic with a spiritual foundation characterized by freedom - freedom for the individual and for his society." - Ezra Taft Benson

"The same ones who brought the children physically in the world have the natural obligation binding in the natural law to provide for the mental, moral and social upbringing of their offspring." - John Hardon

"I then endeavoured to show that it is more especially in the thorough conformity with law which natural phenomena and natural products exhibit, and in the comparative ease with which laws can be stated, that this difference exists." - Hermann Von Helmholtz

"Whether arrived at through reason or revelation... natural law is the highest law known to man. It is anchored in the very existential nature of man and is therefore a priori just." - Ilana Mercer

"While some of them acknowledge the obligation of natural morality in their mode of conducting their cases, and preserve their individual character as gentlemen, there are others who acknowledge no law, human or divine, but the law of Scotland." - George Combe

"It is a principle of law, that a person intends to do that which is the natural effect of what he does." - Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough

"No member of the faithful could possibly deny that the Church is competent in her magisterium to interpret the natural moral law." - Pope Paul Vi

"The constant assumption runs throughout the law that the natural and spontaneous evolutions of habit fix the limits of right and wrong." - Benjamin Cardozo

"Chaos was the natural law of the universe. Indifference was the engine of entropy. Man's apathy was the fertile ground in which the dark spirits tended their seeds." - Dan Brown

"Freedom is a man's natural power of doing what he pleases, so far as he is not prevented by force or law." - Cicero

"The sentiment of justice is so natural, so universally acquired by all mankind, that it seems to me independent of all law, all party, all religion." - Voltaire

"Revenge, which, like envy, is an instinct of justice, does but take into its own hands the execution of that natural law which precedes the social." - Horace Smith

"Christianity is a rebellion against natural law, a protest against nature. Taken to its logical extreme, Christianity would mean the systematic cultivation of the human failure." - Adolf Hitler

"The gold standard sooner or later will return with the force and inevitability of natural law, for it is the money of freedom and honesty." - Hans F. Sennholz

"As for the law of moral causation ('karma'): this is human justice dressed up as cosmic justice and then imputed to the impersonal workings of the natural world." - Stephen Batchelor

"Liberty, whether natural, civil, or political, is the lawful power in the individual to exercise his corresponding rights. It is greatly favored in law." - Henry Campbell Black

"Slavery is not penal in character and planned by that law which commands the preservation of the natural order and forbids disturbance." - Saint Augustine

"The natural law of inertia: Matter will remain at rest or continue in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some external force." - W Clement Stone

"Conscience is the most sacred of all property; other property depending in part on positive law, the exercise of that, being a natural and unalienable right." - James Madison

"Money was established for exchange, but interest causes it to be reproduced by itself. Therefore this way of earning money is greatly in conflict with the natural law." - Aristotle

"The future of great business lies in man's comprehension of the principle of Balance in Natural Law and his determination to work WITH it instead of against it." - Walter Russell

"When something goes wrong, the natural tendency is to say, "By God, we need to pass a law and do something."" - Milton Friedman

"The sentiment of justice is so natural, and so universally acquired by all mankind, that it seems to be independent of all law, all party, all religion." - Voltaire

"The universal and absolute law is that natural justice which cannot be written down, but which appeals to the hearts of all." - Victor Cousin

"The truth of Moore's law has made remarkable things possible. On the software side, I think natural user interfaces in all their forms are equally significant." - Bill Gates

"What gave transcendent importance to the aggressiveness of power was the fact that its natural prey, its necessary victim, was liberty, or law, or right." - Bernard Bailyn

"What law, what reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird?" - Pedro Calderon De La Barc

"Freedom is a man's natural power of doing what he pleases, so far as he is not prevented by force or law." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"The law, which restrains a man from doing mischief to his fellow citizens, though it diminishes the natural, increases the civil liberty of mankind." - William Blackstone

"The constant assumption runs throughout the law that the natural and spontaneous evolutions of habit fix the limits of right and wrong." - Benjamin N Cardozo

"What law, what reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird?" - Pedro Calderon de la Barca

"The right to privacy has both positive and negative connotations for those who consider themselves part of the natural law tradition." - David Novak

"Slavery, if it can be legalized at all, can be legalized only by positive legislation. Natural law gives it no aid. Custom imparts to it no legal sanction." - Lysander Spooner

"There's a natural law of karma that vindictive people, who go out of their way to hurt others, will end up broke and alone." - Sylvester Stallone

"Until relatively recently, law enforcement's ability to determine an individual's location and track their movements was largely limited to natural human powers of observation." - Ron Wyden

"No man-made law ever, no matter whether derived from the past or projected onto a distant, unforeseeable future, can or should ever be empowered to claim that it is greater than the Natural Law from which it stems and to which it must inevitably return in the eternal rhythm of creation and decline of all things natural." - Wilhelm Reich

"Professor Eddington has recently remarked that 'The law that entropy always increases the second law of thermodynamics holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of nature'. It is not a little instructive that so similar a law [the fundamental theorem of natural selection] should hold the supreme position among the biological sciences." - Ronald Fisher

"Since natural law was thought to be accessible to the ordinary man, the theory invited each juror to inquire for himself whether a particular rule of law was consonant with principles of higher law. This view is reflected in John Adams' statement that it would be an 'absurdity' for jurors to be required to accept the judge's view of the law, 'against their own opinion, judgment, and conscience.'" - John Adams

"When I was at Notre Dame studying under Joe Evans, Frank O'Malley, and others, there was a very lively debate about the distinction between natural law and revealed truth. Most of the philosophers of church and state expected that what was going to be advocated as the law of the land would be related to natural law. If you attempted to draw lines about certain general moral truths that were derivative of logic and reason, they would prove to be widely shared, and therefore suitable to be enacted into law on both the civic and religious sides." - Bruce Babbitt

"Difficulties are opportunities to better things; they are stepping-stones to greater experience...When one door closes, another always opens; as a natural law it has to, to balance." - Bryan Adams

"Every object in the world can pass from a closed, silent existence to an oral state, open to appropriation by society, for there is no law, whether natural or not, which forbids talking about things" - Roland Barthes

"Equality is not in the natural order of things, and the crusade to make everyone equal in every respect (except before the law) is certain to have disastrous consequences." - Murray Rothbard

"He has created the poor savage with no guide but natural law, and it is to their hearts that He deigns to stoop. They are His wild flowers whose homeliness delights Him." - Therese Of Lisieux

"As a child I perceived violence as a sort of natural law. In the totalitarian Soviet Union, oppression held everything together. It was the sinister energy of our country." - Vladimir Sorokin

"One of the effects of civilization is to diminish the rigour of the application of the law of natural selection. It preserves weakly lives that would have perished in barbarous lands." - Francis Galton

"Modern research divides nature into tiny pieces and conducts tests that conform neither with natural law nor with practical experience. The results are arranged for the convenience of research, not according to the needs of the farmer." - Masanobu Fukuoka

"In recent times, more and more human thinking has come to assume that the idea of a universal natural law and the idea of 'God' are pointing to one and the same reality." - Wilhelm Reich

"The law of gratitude is universal. It is a natural function of the soul. All things upon this earth or in the universe operate and respond to love and praise." - Robert Scheid

"It is natural for the ordinary American when he sees something wrong to feel not only that there should be a law against it but, also that an organization should be formed to combat it." - Gunnar Myrdal

"It is almost systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no difference between right and wrong." - Anatole France

"Where nature makes natural allies of us all, we can demonstrate that beneficial relations are possible even with those with whom we most deeply disagree, and this must someday be the basis of world peace and world law." - John F Kennedy

"Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives." - Margaret Sanger

"In the last few decades, mankind has sinned terribly against the law of natural selection. We haven't just maintained life unworthy of life, we have even allowed it to multiply." - David Klinghoffer

"If you do something once, people will call it an accident. If you do it twice, they call it a coincidence. But do it a third time and you've just proven a natural law!" - Grace Hopper

"This sense of wonder leads most scientists to a Superior Being - der Alte, the Old One, as Einstein affectionately called the Deity - a Superior Intelligence, the Lord of all Creation and Natural Law." - Abdus Salam

"No human law can abolish the natural and original right of marriage, nor in any way limit the chief and principal purpose of marriage ordained by God's authority from the beginning: "Increase and multiply." - Pope Leo XIII

"It is a natural law that like causes always produce like effects; and, therefore, any man or woman who learns to do things in this certain way will infallibly get rich." - Wallace D. Wattles

"The harmony of natural law reveals an Intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection." - Albert Einstein

"No human law can abolish the natural and original right of marriage, nor in any way limit the chief and principal purpose of marriage ordained by God's authority from the beginning: "Increase and multiply." - Pope Leo XIII

"The universal law of karma ... is that of action and reaction, cause and effect, sowing and reaping. In the course of natural righteousness, man, by his thoughts and actions, becomes the arbiter of his destiny." - Paramahansa Yogananda

"Integration is a basic law of life; when we resist it, disintegration is the natural result, both inside and outside of us. Thus we come to the concept of harmony through integration." - Norman Cousins

"We have studied the Jewish problem scientifically. Essentially it is an abnormal situation that the Jews should live among other races, whereby they violate the great natural law that every race shall live in its own country." - Corneliu Zelea Codreanu

"If you do something once, people will call it an accident. If you do it twice, they call it a coincidence. But do it a third time and you've just proven a natural law." - Grace Hopper

"No one ever wrote a story yet without some real emotional drive behind it-and I have not that drive except where violations of the natural order ... defiances and evasions of time, space, and cosmic law ... are concerned." - H P Lovecraft

"The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule." - Samuel Adams

"There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish." - Alfred Adler

"The Natural Law which God has written into our beings cannot be entirely eradicated, but it can be gravely deformed, leading to distortion of consciousness and conscience, and hence our actions." - Michael Obrien

"The modern state appeals to morality, to religion, and to natural law as the ideological foundation of its existence. At the same time it is prepared to infringe any or all of these in the interest of self-preservation." - J M Coetzee

"A miracle to confound natural law, a baffling reversal of the inevitable consequences . . . a miracle. . . . An act of high imagination - daring and lurid and impossible. Yes, a cartoon of the mind." - Tim O'Brien

"Women are a sisterhood. They make common cause in behalf of the sex; and, indeed, this is natural enough, when we consider the vast power that the law gives us over them." - William Cobbett

"In practice, the ocean is the world's wildest place because of both its fearsome natural danger and how easy it is out there to slip from the boundaries of law and civilization that seem so firm ashore." - Rose George

"Language is political. That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law." - June Jordan

"Hard labour to succeed in the world? Hard labour no, no, human constitution, human physiology, human intelligence is made of infinite creative potential of Natural Law and therefore no-one has to work hard for success." - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

"Claims of right and insistence upon obligations may depend upon treaty stipulations, or upon the rules of international law, or upon the sense of natural justice applied to the circumstances of a particular case, or upon disputed facts." - Elihu Root

"Positivism eliminates any kind of natural law principle - for example, that there are economic laws which can be transgressed only at your peril. With positivism, there is a tendency to leap into ad hoc economic theory." - Murray Rothbard

"I've always loved science, as far back as I can remember. I was very, very curious about how everything worked: the world, the physical universe, chemistry, law. So it was only natural to be curious about how our mind works." - Leonard Mlodinow

"Slavery is a wrong to each individual enslaved; and not merely to the first of a series. Natural law, therefore, as much forbids the enslaving of the child, as if the wrong of enslaving the parent had never been perpetrated." - Lysander Spooner

"Where nature makes natural allies of us all, we can demonstrate that beneficial relations are possible even with those with whom we most deeply disagree-and this must someday be the basis of world peace and world law." - John F Kennedy

"I think human consciousness is a misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself. We are creatures that should not exist by natural law." - Matthew Mcconaughey

"My view is that homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but homosexual acts are wrong. They're intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law based country it's appropriate to have policies that reflect that They don't comport with natural law. I happen to think that it represents (to put it politely; I need my thesaurus to be polite) behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society." - Ken Cuccinelli

"My view is that homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but homosexual acts are wrong. They"re intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law based country it's appropriate to have policies that reflect that They do' comport with natural law. I happen to think that it represents (to put it politely; I need my thesaurus to be polite) behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society." - Ken Cuccinelli

"The Law is the Law!" - David Pratt

"Until we have a natural, that is, a conscientious world, it cannot be known by experience what natural law will do for the gratification of a supreme affection; but, if you will give me that world, there will be in it very few not called to marriage, provided society allows proper opportunities for acquaintance between marriageable persons." - Joseph Cook

"In our country [US] equality means your liberal and freedom means you're conservative. That tension is there and it can't be handled on its own terms. It can't be handled as you go out of that and go back into natural institutions or natural law or divine revelation. Something outside of the system has to tell you the system has gone wrong." - Francis George

"According to physiological law, all natural, normal functions of the body are achieved without peril or pain. Birth is a natural, normal physiological function for normal, healthy women and their healthy babies. It can, therefore, be inferred that healthy women, carrying healthy babies, can safely birth without peril or pain." - John Dye

"There is no such thing as "natural law": this expression is nothing but old nonsense... Prior to laws, what is natural is only the strength of the lion, or the need of the creature suffering from hunger or cold; in short, need." - Stendhal

"Broadly speaking, it is my conclusion that a pretty good guide to most issues of natural law is to look at those areas where you find a consensus in the Judeo-Christian tradition. I think that is roughly, not unerringly, the outline of what I would call natural law.There must be some moral values underlying any civilization; that's my guide." - Bruce Babbitt

"It seems evident that everything which exists in nature, is natural, no matter how simple or complicated a phenomenon it is; and on no occasion can the so-called 'supernatural' be anything else than a completely natural law, though it may, at the moment, be above and beyond the present understanding." - Alfred Korzybski

"The trick is: how do you talk about natural selection without implying the rigidity of law? We use it as almost an active participant, almost like a god. In fact, you could substitute the word 'god' for 'natural selection' in a lot of evolutionary writings and you'd think you were listening to a theologian." - Greg Graffin

"As the law minister, I had ensured that the government's right to natural resources was protected. The result was evident. The honourable Supreme Court gave the landmark decision in RIL vs RNRL case that the government is the owner of all natural resources." - Veerappa Moily

"Sorcery breaks no law of nature because there is no Natural Law, only the spontaneity of natura naturans, the tao. Sorcery violates laws which seek to chain this flow- priests, kings, hierophants, mystics, scientists & shopkeepers all brand the sorcerer enemy for threatening the power of their charade, the tensile strength of their illusory web." - Hakim Bey

"It's hard to make something that's interesting. It's really, really hard. It's like a law of nature, a law of aerodynamics, that anything that's written or anything that's created wants to be mediocre. The natural state of all writing is mediocrity... So what it takes to make anything more than mediocre is such an act of will..." - Ira Glass

"Every British Subject born on the continent of America, or in any other of the British dominions, is by the law of God and nature, by the common law, and by act of parliament, (exclusive of all charters from the crown) entitled to all the natural, essential, inherent and inseparable rights of our fellow subjects in Great- Britain." - James Otis

"[P]erfect freedom consists in obeying the dictates of right reason, and submitting to natural law. When a man goes beyond or contrary to the law of nature and reason, he . . . introduces confusion and disorder into society . . . [thus] where licentiousness begins, liberty ends." - Samuel West

"As a matter of law the states recognized no constraints on their legislative scope other than those that were self-imposed. Even where particular state constitutions paid ideological lip service to constraints deriving from religious or natural law doctrines, they reserved to some constitutionally-defined body or person the right to interpret these doctrines." - Immanuel Wallerstein

"Catching the apple doesn't overturn the law of gravity or the formulation of a new law. It's merely an intervention of a person with freewill who overrides the natural causes operative in that particular circumstance. And that is, essentially, is what God does when he causes a miracle to occur." - William Lane Craig

"Every man, and every body of men on earth, possesses the right of self-government. They receive it with their being from the hand of nature. Individuals exercise it by their single will; collections of men by that of their majority; for the law of the majority is the natural law of every society of men." - Thomas Jefferson

"I gave my decisions on the principles of common justice and honesty between man and man, and relied on natural born sense, and not on law, learning to guide me; for I had never read a page in a law book in all my life." - Davy Crockett

"By the law of Christ, every man is bound to love his neighbour as himself; but every servant is a neighbour of every civil lord; therefore every civil lord must love any of his servants as himself; but by natural instinct, every lord abhors slavery; therefore, by the law of charity, he is bound not to impose slavery on any brother in Christ." - John Wycliffe

"Good and wise men, in all ages, have embraced a very dissimilar theory. They have supposed that the deity, from the relations we stand in to himself and to each other, has constituted an eternal and immutable law, which is indispensably obligatory upon all mankind, prior to any human institution whatever. This is what is called the law of nature....Upon this law depend the natural rights of mankind." - Alexander Hamilton

"Christ subjected himself to the law of the seed in the earth, to the law of rest and growth. He was "one of the children of the year," growing through rest, secret in his mothers womb, receiving the warmth of the sun through her, living the life of dependence, helplessness, littleness, darkness, and silence which, by a mystery of the Eternal Law, is the life of natural growth." - Caryll Houselander

"I think there has been an unfortunate tendency for a lot of different groups to forget that distinction between natural law and revealed truth and to say: Our complete agenda is to be enacted into laws governing the entire society. Many different religious groups claim that authority, not only Catholics. A lot of different Protestant groups as well are stepping forward to say: Here is our agenda, it is a moral agenda, ergo it must be enacted into law. I think that the distinction between natural law and more ultimate kinds of doctrine is being lost." - Bruce Babbitt

"There exists a law, not written down anywhere but inborn in our hearts; a law which comes to us not by training or custom or reading but by derivation and absorption and adoption from nature itself; a law which has come to us not from theory but from practice, not by instruction but by natural intuition. I refer to the law which lays it down that, if our lives are endangered by plots or violence or armed robbers or enemies, any and every method of protecting ourselves is morally right." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"According to "matter-ism," matter is all that exists. The only things that are real are physical things in motion governed by natural law. That story starts, "In the beginning were the particles," or, as one famous person put it, "The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be." No God. No souls. No Heaven or Hell. No miracles. No transcendent morality. Just molecules in motion following the patterns of natural law. This is the story that most atheists, most "skeptics," most humanists, and most Marxists believe is true." - Greg Koukl

"Human rights are an aspect of natural law, a consequence of the way the universe works, as solid and as real as photons or the concept of pi. The idea of self- ownership is the equivalent of Pythagoras' theorem, of evolution by natural selection, of general relativity, and of quantum theory. Before humankind discovered any of these, it suffered, to varying degrees, in misery and ignorance." - L Neil Smith

"Hermeneutics is a way of looking at Being as an inheritance that is never considered as ultimate data. Capitalism has always grown by considering, or forcing another to consider, as a 'natural' possession what is inherited. The great dominating families are really the inheritors of the strongest pirates, thieves, and bandits, and they consider themselves entitled to command through a divine or natural law, when they really are only the result of a forgotten 'violence'." - Gianni Vattimo

"...monetary exchanges have interesting things in common; Gresham's law, if true, says what one of these interesting things is. But what is interesting about monetary exchanges is surely not their commonalities under physical description. A natural kind like a monetary exchange could turn out to be co-extensive with a physical natural kind; but if it did, that would be an accident on a cosmic scale." - Jerry Fodor

"If alpha [the fine-structure constant] were bigger than it really is, we should not be able to distinguish matter from ether [the vacuum, nothingness], and our task to disentangle the natural laws would be hopelessly difficult. The fact however that alpha has just its value 1/137 is certainly no chance but itself a law of nature. It is clear that the explanation of this number must be the central problem of natural philosophy." - Max Born

"Our rulers will best promote the improvement of the nation by strictly confining themselves to their own legitimate duties, by leaving capital to find its most lucrative course, commodities their fair price, industry and intelligence their natural reward, idleness and folly their natural punishment, by maintaining peace, by defending property, by diminishing the price of law, and by observing strict economy in every department of the state. Let the Government do this: the People will assuredly do the rest." - Thomas B. Macaulay

"The whole drift of our law is toward the absolute prohibition of all ideas that diverge in the slightest form from the accepted platitudes, and behind that drift of law there is a far more potent force of growing custom, and under that custom there is a natural philosophy which erects conformity into the noblest of virtues and the free functioning of personality into a capital crime against society." - H L Mencken

"By nature's law, every man has a right to seize and retake by force his own property taken from him by another, by force of fraud. Nor is this natural right among the first which is taken into the hands of regular government after it is instituted. It was long retained by our ancestors. It was a part of their common law, laid down in their books, recognized by all the authorities, and regulated as to circumstances of practice." - Thomas Jefferson

"Of all the statements that have been made with respect to theories on the origin of life, the statement that the Second Law of Thermodynamics poses no problem for an evolutionary origin of life is the most absurd... The operation of natural processes on which the Second Law of Thermodynamics is based is alone sufficient, therefore, to preclude the spontaneous evolutionary origin of the immense biological order required for the origin of life." - Duane Gish

"Privative appropriation and domination are thus originally imposed and felt as a positive right, but in the form of a negative universality. Valid for everyone, justified in everyone's eyes by divine or natural law, the right of privative appropriation is objectified in a general illusion, in a universal transcendence, in an essential law under which everyone individually manages to tolerate the more or less narrow limits assigned to his right to live and to the conditions of life in general." - Raoul Vaneigem

"If a juror feels that the statute involved in any criminal offence is unfair, or that it infringes upon the defendant's natural god-given unalienable or constitutional rights, then it is his duty to affirm that the offending statute is really no law at all and that the violation of it is no crime at all, for no one is bound to obey an unjust law." - Harlan F. Stone

"The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation." - Emma Goldman



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