” Any rule, not existing in the nature of things, or that is not permanent, universal and inflexible in its application, is no law, according to any correct definition of the term law. “


” The very idea of law originates in men’s natural rights. There is no other standard, than natural rights, by which civil law can be measured. Law has always been the name of that rule or principle of justice, which protects those rights. Thus we speak of natural law. “


” The mere toleration of the slave trade could not make slavery itself – the right of property in man – lawful any where, not even on board the slave ship. Toleration of a wrong is not law. “


” Slavery, if it can be legalized at all, can be legalized only by positive legislation. Natural law gives it no aid. Custom imparts to it no legal sanction. “


” Slavery is a wrong to each individual enslaved, and not merely to the first of a series. Natural law, therefore, as much forbids the enslaving of the child, as if the wrong of enslaving the parent had never been perpetrated. “


” But for their right to judge of the law, and the justice of the law, juries would be no protection to an accused person, even as to matters of fact, for, if the government can dictate to a jury any law whatever, in a criminal case, it can certainly dictate to them the laws of evidence. “


” Those who deny the right of a jury to protect an individual in resisting an unjust law of the government, deny him all defence whatsoever against oppression. “


” Doing a thing by law, or according to law, is only carrying the law into execution. And punishing a man by, or according to, the sentence or judgment of his peers, is only carrying that sentence or judgment into execution. “



All 8 Lysander Spooner Quotes about Law in picture


Any rule, not existing in the nature of things, or that is not permanent, universal and inflexible in its application, is no law, according to any correct definition of the term law.
The very idea of law originates in men
The mere toleration of the slave trade could not make slavery itself - the right of property in man - lawful any where, not even on board the slave ship. Toleration of a wrong is not law.
Slavery, if it can be legalized at all, can be legalized only by positive legislation. Natural law gives it no aid. Custom imparts to it no legal sanction.
Slavery is a wrong to each individual enslaved, and not merely to the first of a series. Natural law, therefore, as much forbids the enslaving of the child, as if the wrong of enslaving the parent had never been perpetrated.
But for their right to judge of the law, and the justice of the law, juries would be no protection to an accused person, even as to matters of fact, for, if the government can dictate to a jury any law whatever, in a criminal case, it can certainly dictate to them the laws of evidence.
Those who deny the right of a jury to protect an individual in resisting an unjust law of the government, deny him all defence whatsoever against oppression.
Doing a thing by law, or according to law, is only carrying the law into execution. And punishing a man by, or according to, the sentence or judgment of his peers, is only carrying that sentence or judgment into execution.

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