"Justice is incidental to law and order."
— J. Edgar Hoover
"Fame...justice...I'm not interested in either. A woman was murdered. I'm out to find the killer. That's all."
— Inspector Lunge, Monster
Inspector Javert's mental attitude was compounded of two very simple principles, admirable in themselves but which, by carrying them to extremes, he made almost evil - respect for authority and hatred of all forms of revolt against it. Theft, murder, and every other crime were to him all forms of revolt. Everybody who played any part in the running of the State, from First Minister to the garde champerte was invested in his eyes with a kind of mystical sanctity, and he felt nothing but contempt, aversion and disgust for those who, only if only once, transgressed beyond the bounds of law. His judgements were absolute, admitting no exceptions. [...] He would have arrested his own father escaping from prison and denounced his mother for breaking parole, and he would have done it with a glow of conscious rectitude.
"Learn to overcome the crass demands of flesh and bone, for they warp the matrix through which we perceive the world. Extend your awareness outward, beyond the self of body, to embrace the self of group and the self of humanity. The goals of the group and the greater race are transcendent, and to embrace them is to achieve enlightenment."
— Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, "Essays on Mind and Matter"
"Gun. No license. I checked. Very bad."
— Rorschach, Watchmen
"Want? Agree? That has nothing to do with it. The law is the law."
Yamamoto: I told you... I'll allow no one to disrupt the peace.
Ukitake: It was you, master, who urged us... to become strong for that purpose!
Yamamoto: Nonsense. No personal justice takes precedence over the world's justice.
"The guilty must be punished."
"The way to administer a country well, is for the law for the officials to be clear; therefore one does not rely on intelligent and thoughtful men."
"First, you must always implicitly obey orders, without attempting to form any opinion of your own respecting their propriety. Secondly, you must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your king; and, thirdly, you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil."
— Horatio Nelson
"Sins may be forgiven, but crimes must be punished."
— "The High Septon"
"What do you know about the revolution?"
"I know that it's wrong, no matter what the administration is doing."
"You can either get off your high horse or I can shoot you off it."
"As long as Muse still exists, I will follow the law of Muse. A soldier should not act on personal feelings. War is an exchange of lives, and I will not act as a soldier for other than reason of law."
— Hauser, Suikoden II
I don't give a damn about anything except putting the right people in jail."
— Jack McCoy, Law & Order
"The Tsar is a father. His subjects are his children, and children ought never to reason about their parents."
— Tsarist Russian proverb
Kimbal: I didn't kill my wife!
"I certainly appreciate a man who stands by his word."
Illyan: Damn. Captain Negri was right.
Commodore Vorkosigan: He usually is. What was the instance?
Illyan: He said that permitting private judgements to turn my duty in the smallest manner would be like getting a little bit pregnant - the consequences would very soon get beyond me.
"The code is the code. The law bends for no one."
—King Uther, Merlin
"The Code is the law."
—Captain Teague, Pirates of the Caribbean
"Dura lex, sed lex."note
You have broken the law. I did not write the law, I may even disagree with the law, but I will enforce it. Nothing will stop me from placing you in a steel cage with bars . . . And although I am but one man, I have thousands of brothers and sisters who would die for me, and I for them. We stand watch together. I am fate with a badge and a gun. The thin blue line, protecting the prey from the predators, the good from the bad. We are the police.
— Brian Taylor, End Of Watch
The law is all that's left to hold on to in this unforgiving dust bowl. You cannot afford to loosen your black claw's grip lest justice slip through your fingers. Law is beauty. Order is peace. Judgment is the very basis for all that is pure.
— The Narrator, concerning the Aimless Renegade, Homestuck
William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!
But what can I say?
Rules must be obeyed.
The judges will decide;
The likes of me abide.
—ABBA, "The Winner Takes It All"
When you steal somebody's money
Screw his daughter or his wife
You don't think of repercussions
As you tap dance through your life
Though you smile like you're a hero
Your an outlet through and through
But the odds are in my favor man
And one day I'll catch you
So don't sneak into a movie
Or the red light to sell some pot
It's all the same to me
You're either guilty or you're not
You're the only one we wanted
If every time we failed the earth
The world would be total chaos
It's already on the verge
Yes its laws that keep us human
Cause without them winners lose
And the game aint worth winning
The game aint worth winning
The game aint worth winning
If we're breaking all the rules
—Catch Me If You Can, "Dont Break the Rules"