“The law no passion can disturb. ‘Tis void of desire and fear, lust and anger. ‘Tis mens sine affectu, written reason, retaining some measure of the divine perfection. …’Tis deaf, inexorable, inflexible.”
—- John Adams, Argument for the Defense at the Boston Massacre Trial, December 3–4, 1770.
John Adams at the Boston Massacre trial, as played by Paul Giamatti in John Adams (2008).
“Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.”
—-Romans 13:10 (NABRE Translation)
The Holy Family, by Greg Olsen
“. . . with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights, as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”
—Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson to Virginia Delegates to the Continental Congress, August 1774, ‘A Summary View of the Rights of British America’; Instructions. 1774.
Thomas Jefferson, American president and revolutionary.
A passenger got into a cab and gave his destination. Immediately the cab driver zoomed off and drove right through several red lights without even hitting the brakes.
“What are you doing?!” screamed the passenger, terrified. ” You’ll get us all killed!”
“Nonsense,” replied the cabbie calmly. “Traffic laws are stupid. Thirty years since me and my brother started driving cabs in this country, not once have either of us ever stopped for a red light. No accidents, no injuries.”
A few moments later, however, the light turned green. Immediately, the cab driver slammed on the brakes.
“Now what are you doing?” screamed the bewildered passenger. “The light was green!”
“I know!” said the cabbie. “My brother could’ve been coming the opposite way!”