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...we perpetually recur to it in the course of this essay.
In the making of a new law it is undoubtedly the duty of the legislator to see that no injustice be done even to an individual: for there is then nothing to be unsettled, and the matter is under his hands to mould it as he pleases; and if he finds it untractable in the working, he may abandon it without incurring any new inconvenience. But in the question concerning the repeal of an old one, the work is of more difficulty; becauseLaws, like houses, lean on one another.and the operation is delicate, and should be necessary: the objection, in such a case, ought not to arise from the natural infirmity of human institutions, but from substantial faults which contradict the nature and end of law itself,--faults not arising from the imperfection, but from the misapplication and abuse of our reason. As no legislators can regard the _minima_ of equity, a law may in some instances be a just subject of censure without being at all an object of repeal. But if... Burke, Edmund
Excerpt from The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 06 (of 12) · This quote is about law and lawyers · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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