February 03, 2012

William Blackstone quotes

Those rights, then, which God and nature have established, and are therefore called natural rights, such as life and liberty, need not the aid of human laws to be more effectually invested in every man than they are; neither do they receive any additional strength when declared by the municipal laws to be inviolate. On the contrary, no human legislature has power to abridge or destroy them, unless the owner shall himself commit some act that amounts to a forfeiture.

The public good is in nothing more essentially interested than in the protection of every individual's private rights.

It is better that ten guilty escape than one innocent suffer.

Man was formed for society and is neither capable of living alone, nor has the courage to do it.

So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not authorize the least violation of it; no, not even for the general good of the whole community.

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