Phrases with "laws"

George Gissing Yet you here find little time, my son, to meditate the laws of God, being so busied for the welfare of men. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Robert Green Ingersoll Truth relies upon reason, and the undeviating course of all the laws of nature. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Ralph Waldo Emerson The laws of nature play through trade, as a toy-battery exhibits the effects of electricity. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

John Ruskin Make your educational laws strict, and your criminal ones may be gentle; but, leave youth its liberty and you will have to dig dungeons for age. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Victor Hugo Partially to adopt the manners of those upon whom we impose our laws is the habit of the conquering barbarian towards conquered civilization. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope This Assembly passes laws with all the power vested in our Parliament, but such laws apply of course only to the State in question. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Such laws are made to be strained any way. North America by Anthony Trollope

The laws of nature seemed to him to be suspended; he was like a man in a world of pantomime tricks; the cause of any result, and the probable result of any action, equally concealed from him. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Their age-old laws were set aside for laws they could not understand. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Edgar Allan Poe He thought, with Horsley, that “the people have nothing to do with the laws but to obey them. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

The laws of physics would be as nothing in the presence of such powers. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Walter Scott The official person showed him that the laws against witchcraft were abrogated, and had little difficulty to bring him to regard the matter in its true light of an accident. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

George Meredith I might as fairly hope for absolution of them from Ottilia as from offended laws of my natural being, gentle though she was, and charitable. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Robert Green Ingersoll Under the regime of the ghosts, laws were not supposed to exist in the nature of things. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

So long as the white man took other women from among his new brothers’ wives he incurred no bodily risk, and the foods he gave were distributed according to the food laws in this respect. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

G. K. Chesterton There were also laws against what was called forestalling and other methods for securing the whole of any particular material in the market. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

William Henry Bragg If Marx’s experiment is right, we must also explain why the X rays travel with the velocity of light, and, further, a complete theory must lead to the observed laws of scattering and absorption. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

John Stuart Mill This is the amount of the protection which, under the laws of this country, the most powerful nobleman can give to his own daughter as respects her husband. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Thomas Paine All the great laws of society are laws of nature. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

We make the laws for their government, and we allow ourselves to seem to be governed by them also, — so that they may believe in them. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Anthony Trollope I don’t quite know what your laws may be, Mr. Mainwaring.” “Just the same as your own, Mr. Gotobed, I take it” “We have no game laws, sir. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

The laws of growth and adjustment everywhere obtains. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

Anthony Trollope The laws could be altered, or even a new law made, only by the people. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

For in all cases all magneticks conform themselves to the globe of the earth in the same ways and by the same laws by which another loadstone or any magneticks do to a terrella. On the Magnet by William Gilber

The moral law, like the laws of physical nature, rests in the long run upon instinctive intuitions, and is neither more nor less “innate” and “necessary” than they are. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Anthony Trollope In Lower Canada the old French laws are still administered. North America by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott God and man will no longer endure the unbridled profligacy of the dissolute — the scoffing of the profane — the contempt of the divine laws — the infraction of human rights. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Ian Maclaren Elia was not, good luck for him, within this particular prison, and I was brought back from every temptation to break the laws of property by my chairman, who was still pursuing his catechism. Books and Bookmen by Ian Maclaren

Tobias Smolle Had he really believed me insane, he would have proceeded according to the dictates of honour, humanity, and the laws of his country. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Robert Green Ingersoll Egypt, as a matter of fact, was far better governed than Palestine. The laws of Egypt were better than the laws of God. In Egypt woman was equal with man. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Jeremy Bentham The laws against this offence, upon pretence of humanity, have been most manifest violations of it. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Jack London It is strange — life and men’s ways and laws and tangled paths. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The laws are framed to give property the securest possible basis, and the provisions to lock and transmit it have exercised the cunningest heads in a profession which never admits a fool. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

The child must have a good body, and to this end he is taught the laws that govern his body, through careful and attentive observance of cause and effect. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

James Clerk Maxwell The molecules have laws of their own, some of which we select as most intelligible to us and most amenable to our calculation. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

Human laws we respect — ha, ha! — you and I, because they subserve our convenience, and just so long. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Under French laws I don’t think the marriage was a legal one. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

H. G. Wells He is made and protected in what he is by laws and the state and his honour goes out to the state. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Thomas Paine It is more than probable that their first laws will have the title only of Regulations and be enforced by no other penalty than public disesteem. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

Thomas Paine The laws of every country must be analogous to some common principle. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

John Galsworthy The suit — Dartie versus Dartie — for restitution of those conjugal rights concerning which Winifred was at heart so deeply undecided, followed the laws of subtraction towards day of judgment. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

George Meredith But here was a stolid small obstacle, scarce assailable on its own level; and he had chosen that it should be attacked through its own laws and forms. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The old laws are hard to break; the new laws are difficult to frame. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

I hold Popery to be such a mean and degrading superstition, that I am not sure I could have found myself liberal enough for voting the repeal of the penal laws as they existed before 1780. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Edgar Rice Burroughs There the three of us arranged a code of laws that would permit the brute-folk and the human beings of the island to live in peace and harmony. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Wilkie Collins The system of education under Amelius recognized the laws of chance: they began with the history, because it turned up first. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Passing each other by day, we dip ensigns, fire salutes, and punctiliously observe the laws of maritime etiquette. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Walter Scott There are sharp laws in France against refractory pupils — LETTRES DE CACHET are easily come by when such men as we are concerned with interest themselves in the matter. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

H. G. Wells He did not know there are moral laws that cannot be bent by any force of glamour, or are bent only to fly back with vindictive violence. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Rudyard Kipling Most of these laws are dead and inoperative, but the Englishman is still alive and waiting, but not anxiously, for more laws to be tried upon him. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Robert Green Ingersoll Compare those laws with the laws of Moses. So, too, the Romans had their code of laws. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope They even pass State laws in opposition to it, “Catch your own slaves,” they say, “and we will not hinder you; at any rate we will not hinder you officially. North America by Anthony Trollope

John Ruskin The value of these is of the same nature as that of books; but the laws of their production and possible modes of distribution are very different, and require separate examination. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

David Hume Civil laws here supply the place of the natural code, and assign different terms for prescription, according to the different utilities, proposed by the legislator. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

They knew by heart a certain young-ladies’-schoolroom code of laws on language, demeanour, etc. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Sinclair Lewis He and the aged dean would permit Peony to take all the courses she wanted, as a special student, and they would manage to break the laws legally and give her a degree. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Margaret Oliphant Let laws and learning, wit and wisdom die, so long as you have your cigars. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether in that case the wisest government, or the best laws can avail. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

William Morris But have you no laws of the market, so to say — no regulation for the exchange of wares? for you must exchange, even if you have no property. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Charles Dickens But here I anticipate a little, for I was not a Finch, and could not be, according to the sacred laws of the society, until I came of age. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Gissing The laws of political economy will have it so, says my husband; if Mr. Hood refused, there were fifty other men ready to take the place. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Robert Green Ingersoll It was thousands of ages before the people commenced making laws for themselves, and strange as it may appear, most of these laws were vastly superior to the ghost article. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Andrew Lang The life of small boys at school (before they get into long-tailed coats and the upper-fifth) is often a mere course of “lying-off”— of relapse into native savagery with its laws and customs. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton Let him give laws on Sinai, let him dictate a Bible, let him fill the world with cathedrals if he can. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Anthony Trollope It is hard to understand from whence come the laws which govern societies in this respect; but there are different laws in different societies, which soon obtain recognition for themselves. North America by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Paine There are two classes of people to whom the laws of England are particularly hostile, and those the most helpless; younger children, and the poor. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Anthony Trollope Women, by the conventional laws of society, are allowed to exact much from men, but they are allowed to exact nothing for which they should not make some adequate return. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Why should not all other laws be the same also?” “But it would be murder. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Robert Green Ingersoll When we abandon the doctrine that some infinite being created matter and force, and enacted a code of laws for their government, the idea of interference will be lost. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

H. G. Wells Now the simple laws of custom, the homely methods of identification that served in the little communities of the past when everyone knew everyone, fail in the face of this liquefaction. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

T. H. Huxley I way that natural knowledge, in desiring to ascertain the laws of comfort, has been driven to discover those of conduct, and to lay the foundations of a new morality. Essays by T. H. Huxley

I repeat, you cannot now marry Lilian Ashleigh; I cannot take my daughter to visit her; I cannot destroy the social laws that I myself have set in my petty kingdom. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Maria Edgeworth He spoke of the causes of England’s prosperity, the means by which she maintains her superiority among nations — her equal laws and their just administration. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

David Hume Good laws may beget order and moderation in the government, where the manners and customs have instilled little humanity or justice into the tempers of men. That Politics may be reduced to a Science by David Hume

William Morris But of course to the privileged classes it seemed as if the end of the world were come when such laws were enacted. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

The laws and the whole fabric of the State were altogether upset, and became the very opposite of what they had been. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

M. P. Shiel He wished, I imagine, to give some idea to the young illiterates of the simple laws of motion and force. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

No house could be built without its necessary appendages for cleanliness; no person, however poor, could expose his person; and to disobey these laws was death. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Olaf Stapledon But science has established a huge system of exact statistical laws about their behaviour; and, though these laws are not necessary, they have an almost infinite degree of probability. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Edmund Burke The Revolution was made to preserve our ancient indisputable laws and liberties, and that ancient constitution of government which is our only security for law and liberty. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Jeremy Bentham But the exposition of the dead laws which have been superseded, is inseparably interwoven with that of the living ones which have superseded them. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Robert Green Ingersoll He knew nothing about the laws of evaporation. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Olaf Stapledon Independently of these developments it is recognised that all scientific laws are descriptive laws, not necessary laws. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Thomas Hardy There is something in the inexorably simple logic of such men which partakes of the cruelty of the natural laws that are their study. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Charles Kingsley Let it accept nature’s laws as the laws of God. Truth, scientific truth, is the only real beauty. Alexander Smith and Alexander Pope by Charles Kingsley

We hear scientific laws now treated as so much ‘conceptual shorthand,’ true so far as they are useful but no farther. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Jean-Jacques Rousseau How are the opponents at once free and subject to laws they have not agreed to? I retort that the question is wrongly put. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

H. G. Wells What laws lurked in these fluctuations and why? For petrography the school was at that date exceptionally well equipped. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope If injury were done, the ordinary laws of the country were open to the injured party. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

A few guineas was the general reward then, though the composers had that other reward desired by the poet who cared not who made the nation’s laws so that he might make its songs. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

H. G. Wells This is the reality of laws and government; this is the reality of customs and institutions; a convention between jealousies. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

George Gissing They’re hepiplectic fits, I’m told, an’ laws o’ me! the way she foams at the mouth! No doubt as they was brought on by her ‘usband’s etrocious treatment. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Anthony Trollope All laws are bores, except those by which inferiors can be constrained to do their work. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Luxury in dress increased to such an extent, that sumptuary laws were enacted to control too great extravagance, especially in furs, for which there was a positive passion. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Things could be done in German towns, and by favor of old German laws or usages, which even in France could not have been tolerated. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

It is a glaring instance of the bad effects of a plurality of wives; and being contrary to our constitutional laws of marriage, I declined giving an opinion as to who was right or wrong. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

The laws were carefully directed to their preservation and personal comfort. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Arthur Conan Doyle But the unwritten laws of honour lay unbroken amid the shattered commandments. A Regimental Scandal by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Trollope Such an arrangement partakes of all the vice of a sumptuary law, and sumptuary laws are in their very essence mistakes. North America by Anthony Trollope

But look well to it, Master Sheriff, for I will have my laws obeyed by all men within my kingdom, and if thou art not able to enforce them thou art no sheriff for me. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

But for Jewesses, by one of the ancient laws against that persecuted people, far heavier and more degrading punishments were annexed to almost every offense. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Breaches of the totemic and marriage laws among the law-abiding groups were capital crimes. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Olaf Stapledon Theoretically all that has to be done is to form inductive laws describing how the different kinds of units behave in relation to one another in very simple situations. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle Know, then, you most traitorous and unnatural rebels, that this good father whom ye have spurned has stepped in between yourselves and the laws which ye have offended. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

If old Urique knew you were an imposter, what sort of things would happen to you? Oh, you don’t know this country, Mr. Texas Kid. The laws here have got mustard spread between ’em. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

The Church stood for eternal right and eternal justice; if it fell, then selfish ambition and man-made laws would usurp the place of these verities. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Theodore Dreiser The laws governing our social life are not so clearly understood as to permit of a clear generalisation. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope One may say that no laws and no control would be best of all — provided that none were needed. North America by Anthony Trollope

Plato was the only one I missed, but I was told that he was living in his own Utopia, working the constitution and laws which he had drawn up. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

Daniel Defoe It was but lately, that they were oppress’d, Their rights invaded, and their laws suppress’d: When nicely tender of their liberty, Lord! what a noise they made of slavery. The True-Born Englishman by Daniel Defoe [1701]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Even Sparta allowed its laws to lapse. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Anthony Trollope It was a Puritan city, in which strict old Roundhead sentiments and laws used to prevail; but now-a-days ginger is hot in the mouth there, and, in spite of the war, there were cakes and ale. North America by Anthony Trollope

Bronislaw Malinowski It follows as an important consequence that everything connected with matters of sex is an object of well-defined rules and laws (compare the passage above, p. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Other men who broke the laws of justice and charity lied to all the world. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Till then, trust the laws of nature. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Miss Fane rolled off the sofa, and with the hydraulic sniff that can temporarily suspend the laws of nature, proceeded to pour out tea. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Victor Hugo They glory in despising the laws and contemning royal authority. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Wilkie Collins The luggage was then and there taken off the carriage; and my aunt was obliged, by all the laws of courtesy and good fellowship, to submit. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Victor Hugo Thus, the English Court of Admiralty consults and applies the laws of Rhodes and of Oleron, a French island which was once English. The sheriff of a county was a person of high consideration. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Algernon Blackwood I realised, in a word, that both elements were vehicles of intelligent and living Agencies. Of their own accord they became active, and natural laws were but their method of activity. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Robert Green Ingersoll Long before Moses was born they had a written code of laws, and their laws were administered by courts and judges. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

For the strictest laws aiming at the preservation of national seamen had to recognise the difficulties of manning merchant ships all over the world. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Anthony Trollope English books were read there; English laws were obeyed there; English habits were cultivated, often at the expense of American comfort. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The laws restraining experiments upon animals were extended, and every animal novelty produced by Pabst was to be reported upon and destroyed. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Anthony Trollope Oh, those pyramid guides! foul, false, cowardly, bullying thieves! A man who goes to Cairo must see the Pyramids. Convention, and the laws of society as arranged on that point, of course require it. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

There are reasons for the belief that green tree-ants understand and respect the laws of neutrality. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Leon Trotsky It is true that after the laws of 1881, which restricted the rights of Jews in Russia, my father was unable to buy more land, as he was so anxious to do, but could only lease it under cover. My Life by Leon Trotsky

If both these laws of inheritance prevail and either sex varies late in life, that sex alone will be modified, the other sex and the young being unaffected. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Ralph Waldo Emerson Nay, the evil custom reaches into the whole institution of property, until our laws which establish and protect it, seem not to be the issue of love and reason, but of selfishness. Man The Reformer by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Anthony Trollope This Constitution, and the laws of the United States made in pursuance of it, are to be held as the supreme law of the land. North America by Anthony Trollope

It did not matter what the principles were; the point was that they were like the laws of Sinai, which could not be added to or subtracted from. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

In Nelson there are few, if any, laws against carelessness in respect of scab. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Henry Handel Richardson Here, no laws of breeding or delicacy hindered him from gazing at her as often as he chose. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins Such defiance of the ordinary laws of nature as this could end but in one way; his health steadily declined and feverish symptoms showed themselves. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Rudyard Kipling The King’s peace dies with the King. The custom then is that all laws are outlaw, and men do what they will till the new King is chosen. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Daniel Defoe Oppressions, tyranny, and pride, May form some reasons to divide: But where the laws with open justice rule, He that rebels must be both knave and fool. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Rudyard Kipling You must remember, though you will not understand, that all laws weaken in a small and hidden community where there is no public opinion. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Thomas Paine Several laws are in existence for regulating and limiting work-men's wages. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Anthony Trollope With great wisdom the majority of them considered that this was enough; and so the bill for the repeal of the corn laws was brought before the House, and the world knew that it would be carried. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Anthony Trollope Even laws were nothing to him but as they might be useful. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Its nature and laws have been exhaustively expounded by Locke, who rode a house, and Kant, who lived in a horse. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Anthony Trollope They were willing to use the usages and laws of the Republic where those usages and laws assisted them, but as willing to act illegally when the usages and laws ran counter to them. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Wilkie Collins But the laws of the Brotherhood are the laws of no other political society on the face of the earth. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Robert Louis Stevenson Slight projects they may have entertained for a moment, half in jest, become iron laws to them, they know not why. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jack London They were describing the earth as the centre of the universe, while the scientists were discovering America and probing space for the stars and the laws of the stars. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Otherwise men will rather choose that whereby they may break your laws, than that whereby your laws may break them. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Edith Wharton She believed in her husband, of course; to believe in him, with an increasing abandonment and tenacity, had become one of the necessary laws of being; but she did not believe in his admirers. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Thomas Paine They are followed and obeyed, because it is the interest of the parties so to do, and not on account of any formal laws their governments may impose or interpose. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Jeremy Bentham This exposition of reasons will render the laws more easily understood. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

The laws emanated from the sovereign, and that sovereign held a divine commission, and was possessed of a divine nature. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

John Hill Burton Accordingly, the foundation on which the Patent and Copyright laws are placed, is that of Privilege, granted as a reward for services. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Thomas Paine Such inequality in laws ought not to exist in any country. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

George Meredith The laws are tyrannical, our objections are cowardly. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman It was as if all her traditions and laws of life were on their heads. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Walter Scott It is neither my habit to deny my own actions, nor to oppose the laws of the land. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Man is greater that he can see this, and the universe less, because Time and Space relations vanish as laws are known. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Jeremy Bentham The laws of honour come to the support of this instinct of pity, and make it an imperious duty to succour the weak, and to spare him who is no longer able to resist. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

H. G. Wells In that age they seem to have been perpetually making laws when we should alter regulations. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Ford Madox Ford Because, of course, you can break certain laws and remain the soul of honour. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Walter Scott He was at no pains to show the King more courtesy than the laws of hospitality positively demanded; but, on the other hand, he evinced no purpose of overleaping their sacred barriers. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

E. Phillips Oppenheim England is governed by laws, laws ill-made by man for his kind. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Anthony Trollope It was open to him to publish anything he pleased respecting Mr Kennedy and his wife, subject, of course, to the general laws of the land in regard to libel. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

He was presumptive heir to the crown, which, by the Aztec laws of succession, descended much more frequently in a collateral than in a direct line. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Sigmund Freud We should then have to discover the laws by which organic stimuli are translated into dream-representations. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

I believe this rule to be of the highest importance in explaining the laws of embryology. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Anthony Trollope It absolutely enables one to upset the laws of human nature. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Andrew Lang Next day they went to the senate house, where the laws were made, and, bowing low, they said, ‘Oh, noble lords, last night we dreamed that beneath the foot of a hill there lies buried a pot of gold. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anxious to authorise the presence of his dangerous Guest, yet conscious that her stay was infringing the laws of his order, Ambrosio’s bosom became the Theatre of a thousand contending passions. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

The proposition of Descartes that the body of a living man is a machine, the actions of which are explicable by the known laws of matter and motion, is unquestionably largely true. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Francis Bacon It was the ambitious and proud desire of moral knowledge to judge of good and evil, to the end that man may revolt from God and give laws to himself, which was the form and manner of the temptation. The Great Instauration by Francis Bacon [1620]

Oscar Wilde Mr. Lewis Wingfield’s explanation that the sumptuary laws of the period necessitated their doing so, is, I am afraid, hardly sufficient. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The future of a great nation depends more on its young women than upon its laws or its statesmen. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Edward Jenner From the former case then we see that the animal economy is subject to the same laws in one disease as the other. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

The human mind had risen from the gloom and bondage of the middle ages, in unparalleled vigour, to unfold the system, to investigate the phenomena, and to establish the laws of the heavenly bodies. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

R. D. Blackmore He may have been guilty of casual breaches of the laws concerning importation — laws which fluctuate from year to year, and require deep knowledge of legislation both to observe and to administer. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Leslie Stephen One would scarcely ask for originality in such a case, any more than one would desire a writer on ethics to invent new laws of morality. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

I cannot see the propriety of insisting that all the laws of the eruptive fevers must necessarily hold true of this peculiar disease of puerperal women. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The reason why they have to pretend to sell matches and so forth instead of begging outright is that this is demanded by the absurd English laws about begging. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Alas! he knows The laws of Spain appoint me for his heir; That all must come to me, if I outlive him. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Many laws regulate variation, some few of which can be dimly seen, and will hereafter be briefly discussed. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Jeremy Bentham Why? Because, says he, laws are the particular institutions of the legislator; customs and manners, those of the nation in general. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

They can make any law they want, but they prefer to break such laws as we have. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

When we are once inside the poet’s heaven, our critical faculty may justly require that what takes place there shall be consistent with itself, with the laws of that fantastic world. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Radclyffe Hall She saw her as the creature of circumstances, as the victim of those natural laws which, while being admirably adapted for the multitude, occasionally destroyed the individual. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

There was something less of refinement, perhaps, and Fräulein remonstrated now and then about some small violation of the unwritten laws of ‘Anstand,’ but there was more mirth. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope England to her was no longer a glorious country; for England’s laws had made a felon of her husband. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant He did not get beyond the primitive natural horror of what seemed to him an outrage of all natural laws and kindness. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Suddenly I remembered the laws of hospitality. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli The laws of this country are made by the proprietors of land, and they make them for their own benefit. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Benjamin Disraeli I mean the laws that secure the accumulation of capital, by which means the real producers become mere hirelings, and really are little better than slaves. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Robert Green Ingersoll All progress in legislation for a thousand years has consisted in repealing the laws of the ghosts. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Jeremy Bentham This, then, is the hypothesis:— The laws which I would propose are established in this my country; and they are, of course, according to my conception of them, the best that can be devised. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Expectorate for Spit. The former word is frequently used, even in laws and ordinances, as a euphemism for the latter. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Francis Bacon And let no man weakly conceive, that just laws and true policy have any antipathy; for they are like the spirits and sinews, that one moves with the other. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

And, now that more equitable laws are forming your citizens, marriage may become more sacred: your young men may choose wives from motives of affection, and your maidens allow love to root out vanity. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

William Godwin When tried by the hoary and long-established laws of literary composition, it can scarcely maintain its claim to be placed in the first class of human productions. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

I need not be ashamed to own, that I wish these laws were in force in other parts of the world. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

George Meredith It is they that sensitively touch and reject, touch and select; whereby the laws of the polite world are ultimately regulated, and civilization continually advanced, sometimes ridiculously. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Again, every malefactor, by attacking social rights, becomes on forfeit a rebel and a traitor to his country; by violating its laws be ceases to be a member of it; he even makes war upon it. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau