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Laws and customs may be creative of vice;
by Harriet Martineau

Laws and customs may be creative of vice;
and should be therefore perpetually under process of
observation and correction:
but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue:
they may encourage and help to preserve it;
but they cannot originate it.
- Harriet Martineau

You had better live your best and act your best and think your best today;
for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and
all the other tomorrows that follow.
- Harriet Martineau

It is my deliberate opinion that the one essential
requisite of human welfare in all ways is scientific
knowledge of human nature.
- Harriet Martineau

I am sure that no traveler seeing things through author
spectacles can see them as they are.
- Harriet Martineau

 

A soul occupied with great ideas performs small duties.
- Harriet Martineau

Men who pass most comfortably through this world are
those who possess good digestions and hard hearts.
- Harriet Martineau

The progression of emancipation of any class usually,
if not always, takes place through the efforts of individuals of that class.
- Harriet Martineau

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Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty.
If it be so, let the modesty succumb.
It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered.
- Harriet Martineau

There have been few things in my life which have had
a more genial effect on my mind than the possession of a piece of land.
- Harriet Martineau

If a test of civilization be sought,
none can be so sure as the condition of that half of
society over which the other half has power.
- Harriet Martineau

The sum and substance of female education in America,
as in England, is training women to consider marriage
as the sole object in life,
and to pretend that they do not think so.
- Harriet Martineau

Religion is a temper, not a pursuit.
- Harriet Martineau

What office is there which involves more responsibility,
which requires more qualifications, and which ought,
therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching?
- Harriet Martineau

Any one must see at a glance that if men and women
marry those whom they do not love,
they must love those whom they do not marry.
- Harriet Martineau

A soul preoccupied with great ideas best performs small duties.
- Harriet Martineau

If there is any country on earth where the course of
true love may be expected to run smooth,
it is America.
- Harriet Martineau

We do not believe in immortality because we can prove it,
but we try to prove it because we cannot help believing it.
- Harriet Martineau

For my own part, I had rather suffer any inconvenience
from having to work occasionally in chambers and kitchen...
than witness the subservience in which the menial class is held in Europe.
- Harriet Martineau

But is it not the fact that religion emanates from the nature,
from the moral state of the individual? Is it not therefore
true that unless the nature be completely exercised,
the moral state harmonized, the religion cannot be healthy?
- Harriet Martineau

As you simplify your life,
the laws of the universe will be simpler;
solitude will not be solitude,
poverty will not be poverty,
nor weakness weakness.
- Henry David Thoreau

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

Happiness is the final and perfect fruit
of obedience to the laws of life.
- Helen Keller

The future has nothing in common with the past -
except natural laws and human nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe,
nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws,
but the smallest insect, we wish
to be created at once by special act.
- Charles Darwin

The more laws and order are made prominent,
the more thieves and robbers there will be.
- Lao Tzu

Whose laws have priority in your life?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

True friendship's laws are by this rule express'd,
Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.
- Alexander Pope

A miracle is nothing more or less than this...
Anyone who has come into a knowledge
of his true identity,
of his oneness with
the all-pervading wisdom and power,
this makes it possible for laws higher
than the ordinary mind knows of
to be revealed to him.
- Ralph Waldo Trine

Nature never breaks her own laws.
- Leonardo da Vinci

What is a miracle? To some, it is an act of God.
To others, something amazing, extraordinary, or unexpected.
To me, Life is a miracle.
Everything that happens is a miracle.
There is no reason for me to exist as I do -
no reason for humanity, the universe, or the laws of Nature.
Energy, mass, gravity and the rest of existence
are all so improbable.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The road to freedom lies not through
mysteries or occult performances,
but through the intelligent use
of natural forces and laws.
- Ernest Holmes

As far as the laws of mathematics
refer to reality, they are not certain,
and as far as they are certain,
they do not refer to reality.
- Albert Einstein

If we spend the time we waste in sighing
for the perfect golden fruit
in fulfilling the conditions of its growth,
happiness will come, must come.
It is guaranteed in the very laws of the universe.
If it involves some chastening and renunciation, well,
the fruit will be all the sweeter for this touch of holiness.
- Helen Keller

If you violate Nature's laws you are your own prosecuting attorney,
judge, jury, and hangman.
- Luther Burbank

I consider my greatest accomplishment to be lifelong celibacy.
- Isaac Newton
(discoverer of the laws of gravitation and motion,
famous mathematician, and perhaps the greatest scientist ever)

If the laws could speak for themselves,
they would complain of the lawyers in the first place.
- Lord Halifax

There is no logical way to the discovery
of these elemental laws.
There is only the way of intuition,
which is helped by a feeling
for the order lying behind the appearance.
- Albert Einstein

Having a baby changes the way you view your in-laws.
I love it when they come to visit now.
They can hold the baby and I can go out.
- Matthew Broderick

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass
and the little ones get caught.
- Honore de Balzac

Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty
sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.
- John Morley

Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws,
which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I don't like to think of laws
as rules you have to follow,
but more as suggestions.
- George Carlin

Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.
- Otto von Bismarck

Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes her laws.
- Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.
- Barbara Kingsolver

It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution.
It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
- Vladimir Lenin

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support
for their new works collaborate with the creator.
- Antonio Gaudi

Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that
we are immune to their operations.
- David Gerrold

The more laws, the less justice.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Our enemy of international terrorism respects no laws of warfare or morality,
and its individual members take innocent lives,
just to create chaos for news cameras.
- Mark Kennedy

We passed important laws to give the authorities responsible
for investigation wide powers to defend us.
- George Pataki

We're a nation of laws, but the good thing about America,
is that laws reside in the people and people can change the laws.
- Rick Warren

I try to live the moment and not obey laws,
rules, conventions, or norms; to react to a sensation,
a feeling, or an emotion.
You can't program emotion.
- Anne Parillaud

I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious
laws so effective as their stringent execution.
- Ulysses S. Grant

They will sustain the constitution and laws and institutions of the United States,
and be the champions of liberty and of that constitution
when its integrity shall be threatened.
- Lorenzo Snow

In light of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal,
critics are arguing that abuses of Iraqi prisoners
are being produced by a climate of disregard for the laws of war.
- John Yoo

Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture,
as the little creep through, the great break through,
and the middle-sized are alone entangled in it.
- William Shenstone

Big Business can make laws as easily as it can break them -
and with as little impunity.
- Ralph Chaplin

Start with the idea that you can't repeal the laws of economics.
Even if they are inconvenient.
- Larry Summers

The laws of this world are for children.
- Frank Wedekind

In this house, we obey the laws of thermodynamics!
- Dan Castellaneta

Our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men.
Here, the people rule.
- Gerald R. Ford

In violent streets and broken homes,
the cry of anguished souls is not for more laws but
for more conscience and character.
- Cal Thomas

He who obeys God's laws finds him a father.
He who disobeys them, finds him a judge.
- Daniel D. Palmer

I am not a promoter of more laws, just better ones.
- Lee Terry

The Constitution and the laws are supreme and the Union indissoluble.
- Andrew Jackson

It certainly makes no sense to enact more laws if we cannot,
or do not, enforce the ones we have.
- Blanche Lincoln

Sometimes I have to compromise my views,
but I never compromise on issues like the death penalty and the arm trade laws,
despite what the readers or letters may say.
- Jonathan Shapiro

Laws are never as effective as habits.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Whatever government is not a government of laws,
is a despotism, let it be called what it may.
- Daniel Webster

Human judges can show mercy.
But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.
- Arthur C. Clarke


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