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    magistrate Quotes

    The perfect life: to live in a world of peace in a lake district where the magistrate is good and honest, and to have an understanding wife and bright children.
    — Zhang Zhao
    Fear God, and offend not the Prince nor his laws, and keep thyself out of the magistrate's claws.
    — Thomas Tusser
    tags: fear  law  god  magistrate 
    None of the modes by which a magistrate is appointed, popular election, the accident of the lot, or the accident of birth, affords, as far as we can perceive, much security for his being wiser than any of his neighbours. The chance of his being wiser than all his neighbours together is still smaller.
    — Thomas B. Macaulay
    tags: chance  birth  magistrate 
    Our magistrates discharge their duties best at the beginning; and fall off toward the end.[Lat., Initia magistratuum nostrorum meliora, ferme finis inclinat.]
    — Tacitus
    tags: magistrate 
    Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law.
    — Solon
    To make an empire durable, the magistrates must obey the laws and the people the magistrates.
    — Solon
    tags: people  law  magistrate 
    It is of infinite importance to the public that the acts of magistrates should not only be substantially good, but also that they should be decorous.
    — Sherrilyn Kenyon
    tags: magistrate 
    There are cases where examinations are admitted, namely, before the coroner, and before magistrates in cases of felony. That appears to me to go rather in support of the general rule than in destruction of it. Every exception that can be accounted for is so much a confirmation of the rule that it has become a maxim, Exceptio probat regulam.
    — Sherrilyn Kenyon
    When the supreme magistrate will not execute the judgment of the Lord, those who made him supreme magistrate, under God, who have under God, sovereighn liberty to dispose of crowns and kingdoms, are to execute the judgment of the Lord, when wicked men make the law of God of none effect.
    — Samuel Rutherford
    tags: men  law  god  liberty  magistrate 
    Recalling an old magistrate's words to a young attorney, The rain it raineth on the just And also on the unjust fella; But chiefly on the just, because The unjust steals the just's umbrella.
    — Sam Ervin
    tags: young  rain  magistrate 
    We do not accost a physician as we do any mere nobody; nor a magistrate as we do a private individual. We try to get some advantage from the skill of the one and the position of the other. Walk in the sun, and your shadow will follow you, whether you will or not.
    — Saint Basil
    There was a state without king or nobles; there was a church without a bishop; there was a people governed by grave magistrates which it had selected, and by equal laws which it had framed.
    — Rufus Choate
    tags: people  law  church  magistrate 
    Kings and magistrates are invested with no more power than the people entrust to them.
    — Roger Williams
    tags: people  power  magistrate 
    But who is to decide who truly fears the Lord? The magistrate has no power to enforce religious demands. The laws of the First Table of the Ten Commandments are not regulations for a civil society or a political order. They belong to the realm of religion, not politics.
    — Roger Williams
    This scripture [Romans 13:1-6] is wrested from the scope of God's Spirit, and the nature of the place, and cannot truly be interpreted to mean that the power of the civil magistrate may be exercised in spiritual or soul matters.
    — Roger Williams
    The magistrates of whom Paul wrote were natural, ungodly, persecuting, and yet lawful magistrates, to be obeyed in all lawful civil things.
    — Roger Williams
    tags: magistrate 
    It depends on the consent of the people to decide whether kings or consuls or other magistrates are to be established in authority over them, and if there is legitimate cause, the people can change a kingdom into an aristocracy, or an aristocracy into a democracy, and vice versa, as we read was done in Rome.
    — Robert Bellarmine
    So the question is, First, Whether the civil magistrate hath power to force men in things religious to do contrary to their conscience, and if they will not to punish them in their goods, liberties, or lives? this we hold in the negative.
    — Robert Barclay
    Baptists are very strong believers that the civil magistrate is ordained by God to punish those who do evil.
    — Richard Land
    This whole society, up to now, has been very violent with the individual. It does not believe in the individual; it is against the individual. It tries in every possible way to destroy you for its own purposes. It needs clerks, it needs stationmasters, deputy-collectors, policemen, magistrates, it needs soldiers. It does not need human beings.
    — Rajneesh
    One must be stark mad, to believe that mankind can subsist without magistrates.
    — Pierre Bayle
    The laws are the sole guardians of right, and when the magistrate dares not act, every person is insecure.
    — Noah Webster
    tags: people  law  right  magistrate 
    Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil.
    — Maximilien Robespierre
    tags: evil  people  magistrate 
    But the Jews are so hardened that they listen to nothing; though overcome by testimonies they yield not an inch. It is a pernicious race, oppressing all men by their usury and rapine. If they give a prince or magistrate a thousand florins, they extort twenty thousand from the subjects in payment. We must ever keep on guard against them.
    — Martin Luther
    tags: men  race  magistrate 
    Men are apt to mistake, or at least to seem to mistake, their own talents, in hopes, perhaps, of misleading others to allow them that which they are conscious they do not possess. Thus lord Hardwicke valued himself more upon being a great minister of state, which he certainly was not, than upon being a great magistrate, which he certainly was.
    — Lord Chesterfield
    Religion in a magistrate strengthens his authority, because it procures veneration, and gains a reputation to it. In all the affairs of this world, so much reputation is in reality so much power.
    — John Tillotson
    Protection, therefore, against the tyranny of the magistrate is not enough; there needs protection against the tyranny of the prevailing opinion and feeling, against the tendency of society to impose, by other means than civil penalties, its own ideas and practices as rules of conduct on those who dissent from them.
    — John Stuart Mill
    The magistrate is the servant not of his own desires, not even of the people, but of his God
    — John Quincy Adams
    The care of souls cannot belong to the civil magistrate.
    — John Locke
    tags: soul  care  magistrate 
    King is a title which translated into several languages, signifies a magistrate with as many different degrees of power as there are kingdoms in the world, and he can have no power but what is given him by law; yea, even the supreme or legislative power is bound by the rules of equity, to govern by laws enacted, and published in due form; for what is not legal is arbitrary.
    — John Arbuthnot
    No true believer could be intolerant or a persecutor. If I were a magistrate and the law carried the death penalty against atheists, I would begin by sending to the stake whoever denounced another.
    — Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    If all were perfect Christians, individuals would do their duty; the people would be obedient to the laws, the magistrates incorrupt, and there would be neither vanity nor luxury in such a state.
    — Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Every answer he [President John Adams] gives to his addressers unmasks more and more his principles and views. His language to the young men at Philadelphia is the most abominable and degrading that could fall from the lips of the first magistrate of an independent people, and particularly from a Revolutionary patriot.
    — James Madison
    In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.
    — James Madison
    [It] is indispensable that some provision should be made for defending the Community agst [against] the incapicity, negligence or perfidy of the chief Magistrate.
    — James Madison
    It may not be improper, however, to remark two consequences, evidently flowing from an extension of the federal power to every subject falling within the idea of the "general welfare." One consequence must be, to enlarge the sphere of discretion allotted to the executive magistrate... The other consequence would be, that of an excessive augmentation of the offices, honors, and emoluments, depending on the executive will.
    — James Madison
    Although... the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only, but of the whole people of the United States.
    — James K. Polk
    The Magistrate suffered from the disability of a free-thinking turn of mind and from a life that was barren and dreary to match.
    — J. G. Farrell
    tags: mind  magistrate 
    The Establishment Clause . . . stands as an expression of principle on the part of the Founders . . . that religion is too personal, too sacred, too holy, to permit its 'unhallowed perversion' by a civil magistrate.
    — Hugo Black
    He who takes the oath today to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States only assumes the solemn obligation which every patriotic citizen . . . should share with him. . . . Your every voter, as surely as your Chief Magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust.
    — Grover Cleveland
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