Roper: I’d cut down every law in England before I’d give the Devil benefit of law.
More: Oh, and when the last law was down
And the Devil turned ‘round on you,
Where would you hide, Roper,
The laws all being flat?
This country is planted thick with laws
From coast to coast -
Man’s laws, not God’s -
And if you cut them down
(And you’re just the man to do it),
Do you really think you could
Stand upright in the winds
That would blow then?
Yes, I give the Devil benefit of law
For my own safety’s sake.
Sir Thomas More, A Man for All Seaons, pg 66.
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachments by men of zeal, well-meaning, but without understanding.
Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 48 S.Ct. 564, 573, 72 L.Ed. 944
(1928) (Brandeis, J., dissenting).