„Every ruler must remember three things. Firstly, that he rules man; secondly, that he rules according to law, and thirdly, that he does not rule for ever.“
— Agathon Athenian tragic poet -447 - -401 př. n. l.
Stobaeus, Florilegium, XL, VI, 24, as reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of Quotations (1897), p. 515.
„He who has been a ruler over ten people will be brought shackled on the Day of Resurrection, until the justice (by which he ruled) loosens his chains or tyranny brings him to destruction.“
— Muhammad Arabian religious leader and the founder of Islam 570 - 632
Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1037
„“We have thought you were too rule-abiding to be a good ruler—a paradox, you see—but perhaps we were wrong.”
“But you're the Witness for the Judiciate!” Maia protested, which made everyone laugh.
"We said rule, not law,” Pashavar said tartly. “There is a difference, Serenity. An emperor who breaks laws is a mad dog and a danger, but an emperor who will never break a rule is nearly as bad, for he will never be able to recognize when a law must be changed.”“
— Sarah Monette American novelist and short story author
Chapter 23, "The Opposition of the Court" (p. 294)
„As during the time of kings it would have been naive to think that the king’s firstborn son would be the fittest to rule, so in our time it is naive to think that the democratically elected ruler will be the fittest. The rule of succession is not a formula for identifying the best ruler, it is a formula for conferring legitimacy on someone or other and thus forestalling civil conflict.“
— J.M. Coetzee South African writer 1940
„The man who has been wounded by a chance arrow must not shoot at sight the first man he happens to meet.“
— Edward Jenks British legal scholar 1861 - 1939
Chapter I, Old English Law, p. 7
„There are two rules of war that have not yet been invalidated by the new world order. The first rule is that the belligerent nation must be fairly sure that its actions will make things better; the second rule is that the belligerent nation must be more or less certain that its actions won't make things worse.“
— Martin Amis Welsh novelist 1949
Context: There are two rules of war that have not yet been invalidated by the new world order. The first rule is that the belligerent nation must be fairly sure that its actions will make things better; the second rule is that the belligerent nation must be more or less certain that its actions won't make things worse. America could perhaps claim to be satisfying the first rule (while admitting that the improvement may be only local and short term). It cannot begin to satisfy the second.
— Zygmunt Bauman, Modernity and the Holocaust
„This is a rule of racing: No race has ever been won in the first corner; many have been lost there.“
— Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain
„Ranil Wickremesinghe: No, we are not ruling that out. I'm just going out with the flow, he has not ruled it out. The first prong of the people itself. Whatever they must do, they must find also benefit and that's a long process started.“
— Ranil Wickremesinghe Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka 1949
Interview with Ranil Wickremesinghe, Jan 26, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKkhLlBRzyc
„He who made us would have been a pitiful bungler, if he had made the rules of our moral conduct a matter of science. For one man of science, there are thousands who are not. What would have become of them?“
— Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Context: He who made us would have been a pitiful bungler, if he had made the rules of our moral conduct a matter of science. For one man of science, there are thousands who are not. What would have become of them? Man was destined for society. His morality, therefore, was to be formed to this object. He was endowed with a sense of right and wrong, merely relative to this.
— Pierre Corneille French tragedian 1606 - 1684
Tite, act IV, scene v.
„Of the first importance are the people, next comes the good of land and grains, and of the least importance is the ruler.“
— Mencius Chinese philosopher -372 - -289 př. n. l.
7B:14. Variant translation: The people are the most important ... and the ruler is the least important.
„The nature of this melancholy becomes clearer, once one asks the question, with whom does the historical writer of historicism actually empathize. The answer is irrefutably with the victor. Those who currently rule are however the heirs of all those who have ever been victorious. Empathy with the victors thus comes to benefit the current rulers every time.“
— Walter Benjamin German literary critic, philosopher and social critic (1892-1940) 1892 - 1940
VII, often misquoted as "History is written by the victors" <!--although those words are actually those of Nehru (1946) see The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When (2007) by Ralph Keyes https://books.google.ca/books?id=d6JZryGvfxYC, Macmillan, , 9781429906173 -->