Archive for the ‘law’ Category

Quote of the day, July 25

July 25, 2017

Salman Rushdie, on the fundamentals of an open society

“Two things form the bedrock of any open society—freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country.”

Quote of the day, May 4

May 4, 2017

Felix Frankfurter, on law

“Fragile as reason is and limited as law is as the institutionalised medium of reason, that’s all we have standing between us and the tyranny of mere will and the cruelty of unbridled, undisciplined feeling.”

Quote of the day, March 1

March 1, 2017

George W. Bush, on the news media (2017)

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need the media to hold people like me to account. I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 2

February 2, 2017

John W. Gardner, on laws

“All laws are an attempt to domesticate the natural ferocity of the species.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 11

January 11, 2017

Andrew Hamilton, on power (1733)

“Power may justly be compared to a great river. While kept within its due bounds it is both beautiful and useful. But when it overflows its banks, is it then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes.”

Quote of the day, May 5

May 5, 2015

Learned Hand, on judgment (1939)

“Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us.”