„Strain not the laws to make their tortures grievous.“

—  Joseph Addison, buch Cato, Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Context: See they suffer death, But in their deaths remember they are men, Strain not the laws to make their tortures grievous. Act III, scene v.
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—  Condoleezza Rice American Republican politician; U.S. Secretary of State; political scientist 1954
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—  John Coleridge, 1st Baron Coleridge British lawyer, judge and Liberal politician 1820 - 1894
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„Men may make laws to hinder and fetter the ballot, but men cannot make laws that will bind or retard the growth of manhood.“

—  Booker T. Washington African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor 1856 - 1915
Context: Men may make laws to hinder and fetter the ballot, but men cannot make laws that will bind or retard the growth of manhood. We went into slavery a piece of property; we came out American citizens. We went into slavery pagans; we came out Christians. We went into slavery without a language; we came out speaking the proud Anglo-Saxon tongue. We went into slavery with slave chains clanking about our wrists; we came out with the American ballot in our hands. Progress, progress is the law of nature; under God it shall be our eternal guiding star. "The Problems of the Colored Race in the South," lecture, Hamilton Club, Chicago (10 December 1895) http://web.archive.org/20071031084051/www.historycooperative.org/btw/Vol.4/html/93.html

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„The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free.“

—  Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
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„No law will make a citizen a patriot.“

—  Jesse Ventura American politician and former professional wrestler 1951
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—  Louis Brandeis American Supreme Court Justice 1856 - 1941
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„To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt.“

—  Elizabeth Cady Stanton Suffragist and Women's Rights activist 1815 - 1902
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