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The laws of God, the laws of man he may keep that will and can;
by A. E. Housman

The laws of God, the laws of man he may keep that will and can;
not I: let God and man decree laws for themselves and not for me.
- A. E. Housman

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has,
it may be inadvisable to draw it out...
Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
- A. E. Housman

The average man, if he meddles with criticism at all,
is a conservative critic.
- A. E. Housman

Here dead lie we because we did not choose to live
and shame the land from which we sprung.
Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose;
but young men think it is,
and we were young.
- A. E. Housman

 

The troubles of our proud and angry dust are from eternity,
and shall not fail.
Bear them we can, and if we can we must.
Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.
- A. E. Housman

That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain,
the happy highways where I went and cannot come again.
- A. E. Housman

And malt does more than Milton can to justify God's ways to man.
- A. E. Housman

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Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.
- A. E. Housman

Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning,
to keep watch over my thoughts, because,
if a line of poetry strays into my memory,
my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
- A. E. Housman

I find Cambridge an asylum, in every sense of the word.
- A. E. Housman

Who made the world I cannot tell; 'Tis made,
and here am I in hell.
My hand, though now my knuckles bleed,
I never soiled with such a deed.
- A. E. Housman

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence,
which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
- A. E. Housman

If a line of poetry strays into my memory,
my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
- A. E. Housman

Nature, not content with denying him the ability to think,
has endowed him with the ability to write.
- A. E. Housman

Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think.
- A. E. Housman

The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in.
- A. E. Housman

Great literature should do some good to the reader:
must quicken his perception though dull,
and sharpen his discrimination though blunt,
and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.
- A. E. Housman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The head of every family will be what Abraham was,
the patriarch, the priest and the unlettered lord of his family,
and Reason will be the code of laws to all mankind.
- Adam Weishaupt

The shallow consider liberty a release from all law,
from every constraint.
The wise man sees in it, on the contrary,
the potent Law of Laws.
- Walt Whitman

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

If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war
American president would have been hanged.
- Noam Chomsky

Who of us knows or can by possibility arrive at a knowledge
of the laws that govern our property and lives?
- William H. Wharton

As our country increasingly relies on electronic information
storage and communication,
it is imperative that our Government amend our information
security laws accordingly.
- Jo Ann Davis

The particle and the planet are subject to the same
laws and what is learned of one will be known of the other.
- James Smithson

Laws should be like clothes.
They should be made to fit the people they serve.
- Clarence Darrow

Our demands are simple, normal, and therefore they
are difficult to satisfy.
All we ask is that an actor on the stage live in accordance with natural laws.
- Konstantin Stanislavisky

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly,
while bad people will find a way around the laws.
- Plato

Both of these branches of evolutionary science,
are, in my opinion, in the closest causal connection;
this arises from the reciprocal action of the laws
of heredity and adaptation.
- Ernst Haeckel

The self thus becomes aware of itself,
at least in its practical action, and discovers itself
as a cause among other causes and as an object subject
to the same laws as other objects.
- Jean Piaget

The Koran and the laws of all civilized nations legislate
against the vilification of religions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Once a nation parts with the control of its credit,
it matters not who makes the laws.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King

There is such a thing as legitimate warfare:
war has its laws;
there are things which may fairly be done,
and things which may not be done.
- John Henry Newman

But while they prate of economic laws,
men and women are starving.
We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature.
They are made by human beings.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

France, mother of arts, of warfare, and of laws.
- Joachim du Bellay

The dream of the Convention was born from the that
children and their needs were not been considered when
policies were being made,
laws passed or actions undertaken.
- Carol Bellamy

Like hatred, jealousy is forbidden by the laws of life
because it is essentially destructive.
- Alexis Carrel

I have done my duty by the laws of my people and I
am sorry my people were led this time by men who were
not soldiers and that crimes were committed of which I had no knowledge.
- Ernst Kaltenbrunner

And this week, I am proposing legislation to strengthen
our Open Records laws to make public access to our public records surer,
faster, and more comprehensive.
- Roy Barnes

It is a question of fact, whether the influence of
motives be fixed by laws of nature,
so that they shall always have the same effect in the same circumstances.
- Thomas Reid

I maintain that the existing corn laws are bad,
because they have given a monopoly of food to the landed
interest over every other class and over every other interest in the kingdom.
- Joseph Hume

There ought to be no laws to guarantee property against
the folly of its possessors.
- William Graham Sumner


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