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"Without an unfettered press, without liberty of speech, all of the outward forms and structures of free institutions are a sham, a pretense--the sheerest mockery. If the press is not free; if speech is not independent and untrammeled; if the mind is shackled or made impotent through fear, it makes no difference under what form of government you live, you are a subject and not a citizen. " William E. Borah (1865-1940), U.S. Senator, Remarks to the Senate April 1917

"Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law." Jean Anouilh, French playwright (1910-1987), in Antigone

"I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law." Martin Luther King Jr., American civil fights leader (1929-1968)

'The law is a causeway upon which, so long as he keeps to it, a citizen may walk safely." Robert Bolt, British writer (1924-1995), in A Man for All Seasons

"It ain't no sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don't break any." Mae West, American actress (1893-1980), in Every Day's a Holiday

"When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken." Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister (1804--1881)

"Anyone who takes it upon himself, on his private authority, to break a bad law, thereby authorizes everyone else to break the good ones." Denis Diderot, French writer (1713-1784)

"There are not enough jails, not enough policemen, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people." Hubert H. Humphrey, U.S. Vice President (1911-1978)

"The Constitution of Canada is the supreme law of Canada, and any law that is inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution is, to the extent of the inconsistency, of no force or effect." The Constitution Act, 1982, Part VII, General, Section 52 (1)

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