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    william murray, 1st earl of mansfield Quotes

    There is no positive law: Many things are bad by that, which otherwise were not.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: bad  positive 
     
    The law protects nothing in that very respect, in which it is, at the same time, in the eye of the law, a crime.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: crimes  time  respect  law  eyes 
     
    A dose of poison can do its work but once. A bad book can go on poisoning minds for generations.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: work  bad  mind  book 
     
    Humanism or atheism is a wonderful philosophy of life as long as you are big, strong, and between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five. But watch out if you are in a lifeboat and there are others who are younger, bigger, or smarter.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    God help the patient.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: help  god 
     
    There is no entering into the secret thoughts of a man's heart.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: secret  heart  thoughts 
     
    The expenses of the paperwork and court fees involved in pursuing the appeal through the courts were not too high. In fact, as I recall, removing prayer from U.S. public schools cost less than $20,000... no Christian organization filed a brief in support of our opponents.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    I wish popularity, but it is that popularity which follows; not that which is run after. It is that popularity which, sooner or later, never fails to do justice to the pursuit of noble ends, by noble means.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: justice  wishes  noble  fail 
     
    An estimated value is a precarious measure of justice, compared with the specific thing.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: justice  value 
     
    Possession is nine-tenths of the law.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: law 
     
    Rules of property ought to be generally known, and not to be left upon loose notes, which rather serve to confound principles, than to confirm them.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: rules  property 
     
    It is iniquitous, unjust, and most impolitic to persecute for religion's sake. It is against natural religion, revealed religion, and sound policy.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    True popularity is not the popularity which is followed after, but the popularity which follows after.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: true 
     
    Uncertain justice by a verdict is much better than certain injustice.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: justice 
     
    True liberty can exist only when justice is equally administered to all
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: justice  true  liberty 
     
    I will not avoid doing what I think is right, though it should draw on me the whole artillery that falsehood and malice can invent, or the credulity a deluded population can swallow.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: right  invent 
     
    Consider what you think justice requires, and decide accordingly. But never give your reasons; for your judgment will probably be right, but your reasons will certainly be wrong.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: justice  right  wrong 
     
    Let justice be done, though the heavens fall.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: justice  heaven 
     
    Decide promptly, but never give any reasons for your decisions. Your decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    tags: decision  right  wrong 
     
    The air of England is too pure for a slave to breathe, and so everyone who breathes it becomes free. Everyone who comes to this island is entitled to the protection of English law, whatever oppression he may have suffered and whatever may be the colour of his skin.
    — William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
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