1145. (1-4-2011) Law is order by foresight. With regard to human beings, that is the service it renders; it is also it’s burden and its danger. It offers protection from the arbitrary, it gives a feeling of reliability, of security, it takes from the future its ominous darkness.
- Emil Brunner – Justice and the Social Order, 1945
1146. (1-4-2011) The end of law is, not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of laws, where there is no law there is no freedom. For liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others; which cannot be where there is no law: and is not, as we are told, a liberty for every man to do what he lists. (For who could be free when every other man’s humour [sic] might domineer over him?) But a liberty to dispose, and order as he lists, his person, actions possessions, and his whole property, within the allowance of those laws under which he is, and therein, not to be the subject of the arbitrary will of another, but freely follow his own.
- John Locke – The Second Treatise on Government, 1689
1147. (1-4-2011) When a state is governed by law, things will simply be done in their regular course….If the law is not uniform, there will be misfortune for the holder of the state….When ruler and minister, superior or inferior, noble and humble all obey the law, this is called having Great Good Government.
- Kuang Chung – Kuan-tzu, 715-645 B.C.