I swore to uphold and defend the Crown, my lord. And that means I am bound by the law. One does not arrest, judge, sentence, or execute prisoners without the due course of the law. Neither does an agent of the Crown betray her word once given.
The machine ain't broken, Carcer. The machine is waiting for you. The city will kill you dead. The proper wheels will turn. It'll be fair, I'll make sure of that.
Law is order and order is law and it must be the highest thing. The world runs on it, the heavens run on it and without order, lad, one second cannot follow another.
For as long as I'd known her, Murphy had upheld the law. She had a good head on her shoulders when it came to the nature of good and evil and right and wrong, but her first duty had been to the law. She'd believed in it, that it was the best way to help and protect her fellow man. She'd had faith that the power of the law, while imperfect, was absolute - almost holy. It was a rallying point in her soul, a foundation block of her strength.
, mage? Anders:
Right. Any second, I'll surrender to the almighty power of "guard captain" and enslave all mages. Anders:
What are you talking about? Aveline:
Look out. Authority! Oooo!
Absolute freedom is no better than chaos. Society needs laws and regulations to protect it.
It's not the severity of punishment that deters criminals. It's the certainty
The point of all this, I guess, is that when you cut corners... it's not always obvious who pays for it.
Rules do not exist to limit you. They exist so that you may know your freedoms.
— The King of Facade
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
I love this Senate; I love it dearly. I love the Senate for its rules; I love the Senate for its precedents; I love the Senate for the difference that it can make in peoples' lives.
— Senator Robert Byrd
Without justice, courage is weak.
Then Anu and Bel called by name me, Hammurabi, the exalted prince
, who feared God, to bring about the rule of righteousness in the land, to destroy the wicked and the evil-doers; so that the strong should not harm the weak.
— The Code of Hammurabi
True peace is not merely the absence of tension. It is the presence of justice.
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
To destroy this invisible Government, this unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. This country belongs to the people. Its resources, its business, its laws, its institutions should be utilized, maintained, or altered in whatever manner will best promote the general interest.
Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law.
He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done.
No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
— The United States Constitution, 14th Amendment