Mark Twain Quotes on Law & Regulation (16 Quotes)



    The more I get to know about lawyers, the more I'm in favor of hangin'.

    In my experience, only third-rate intelligence is sent to Legislatures to make laws, because the first-rate article will not leave important private interests go unwatched to go and serve the public for a beggarly four or five dollars a day, and a mi

    To succeed in the other trades, capacity must be shown in the law, concealment of it will do.

    The law of God, as quite plainly expressed in woman's construction, is this There shall be no limit put upon your intercourse with the other sex sexually, at any time of life. During twenty-three days in every month (in the absence of pregnancy) from the time a woman is seven years old till she dies of old age, she is ready for action, and competent. As competent as the candlestick is to receive the candle. Competent every day, competent every night. Also, she wants that candle -- yearns for it, longs for it, hankers after it, as commanded by the law of God in her heart.


    A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law.

    Every citizen of the republic ought to consider himself an unofficial policeman, and keep unsalaried watch and ward over the laws and their execution

    By law of periodical repetition, everything which has happened once must happen again and again -- and not capriciously, but at regular periods, and each thing in its own period, not another's and each obeying its own law.

    You can't reason with the heart it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns.

    Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped, but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment.

    Pray for me I reckoned if she knowed me she'd take a job that was more nearer her size. But I bet she done it, just the same--she was just that kind. She had the grit to pray for Judus if she took the notion--there warn't no back-down to her, I judge.

    So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.

    Where every man in a state has a vote, brutal laws are impossible.

    What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency Change. Who is the really consistent man The man who changes. Since change is the law of his being, he cannot be consistent if he stick in a rut.

    Laws control the lesser man... Right conduct controls the greater one.

    Evolution is the law of policies Darwin said it, Socrates endorsed it, Cuvier proved it and established it for all time in his paper on ''The Survival of the Fittest.'' These are illustrious names, this is a mighty doctrine nothing can ever remove it from its firm base, nothing dissolve it, but evolution.


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