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Literary
Sunday
Oct112009

Law like Love

Law like Love
Like love we don't know where or why
Like love we can't compel or fly
Like love we often weep
Like love we seldom keep.

- W. H. Auden

Sunday
Oct112009

Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling

"Lead me, Zeus, and you too, Destiny,
To wherever your decrees have assigned me.
I follow readily, but if I choose not,
Wretched though I am, I must follow still.
Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling." - Cleanthes

"The willing, Destiny guides them; the unwilling, Destiny drags them." - Seneca the Younger (translating Cleanthes)

Sunday
Oct112009

Duties of an individual in a democracy

You cannot have a democracy unless the man, the individual citizen, becomes more than himself in isolation and is forced through public opinion to active participation beyond that cultivated in any other form of organized society.

Source:
Frankfurter, F. (1965). Of Law and Life & Other Things That Matter. (P. B. Kurland, Ed.) Harvard University Press.

Sunday
Oct112009

Law as a mean to address chaos in life

Law is as a untidy as the life with which it deals, though it is the business of people to bring some kind of order out of the chaos of the world, if only as a working hypothesis, and thereby to make it less chaotic - Mr. Justice Felix Frankfurter

Source:
Frankfurter, F., & Phillips, H. B. (1960). Felix Frankfurter Reminisces. REYNAL & COMPANY.

Sunday
Oct112009

Law as the barrier between us and the tyranny of mere will and the cruelty of the unbridled, undisciplined feeling

"I do take the law very seriously, deeply seriously, because fragile as reason is and limited as law is as the expression of the institutionalized medium of reason, that's all we have standing between us and the tyranny of mere will and the cruelty of the unbridled, undisciplined feeling."

Source:
Mr. Justice Felix Frankfurter in Frankfurter, F., & Phillips, H. B. (1960). Felix Frankfurter Reminisces. Reynal & Company