195. A man was pious who gave the gods their due, through worship and sacrifice; who honored his father and his mother, and indeed all his ancestors; who stood by his friends; who was ready to die, if need be, for his country. A pious man, that is, submitted himself to all things sacred, and believed unflinchingly that it was better to perish than to fail in his sacred duties. A society held together by such a cementing belief would offer strong resistance to forces of disintegration.
- Russell Kirk – The Roots of American Order, 1974
197. True law is right reason in agreement with Nature, it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrong-doing by its prohibitions. And it does not lay its commands or prohibitions upon good men in vain, although neither have any effect upon the wicked. It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to attempt to repeal a part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely. We cannot be freed from its obligations by Senate or People, and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it. And there will not be different laws at Rome and at Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and for all times, and there will be one master and one rule, that is, God, over us all, for He is the author of this law, its promulgator, and its enforcing judge.
- Marcus Tulius Cicero, 106-43 B.C. – The Republic
198. The supreme law comes from God. It originated before any written law existed or any state had been established.
- Marcus Tulius Cicero, 106-43 B.C.