A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. - Thomas Jefferson
Suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature. - William Shakespeare
We are afraid of religion because it interprets rather than observance. Religion does not confirm that there are hungry people in the world; it interprets the hungry to be our brethren whom we allowed to starve. - Dorothee Sölle
DISOBEY, v.t. To celebrate with an appropriate ceremony the maturity of a command. His right to govern me is clear as day, My duty manifest to disobey; And if that fit observance e'er I shut May I and duty be alike undone. Israfel Brown - Ambrose Bierce
Democracy is, first and foremost, a spiritual force, it is built upon a spiritual basis - and on a belief in God and an observance of moral principle. And in the long run only the church can provide that basis. Our founder knew this truth - and we will neglect it at our peril.
But to my mind, though I am native here And to the manner born, it is a custom More honoured in the breach than the observance. - William Shakespeare
But to my mind, though I am native here and to the manner born, it is a custom more honour'd in breach than the observance. - William Shakespeare