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„Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.“

—  Robert E. Lee Confederate general in the Civil War 1807 - 1870

As quoted in General Robert E. Lee After Appomattox (1922), by Franklin Lafayette Riley, p. 18

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„It is wrong not to give a hand to the fallen; this law is universal to the whole human race.“

—  Marcus Annaeus Seneca Roman scholar -54 - 39 BC

Book I, Chapter I; slightly modified translation from Norman T. Pratt Seneca's Drama (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1983) p. 140
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Original: (la) Iniquum est conlapsis manum non porrigere; commune hoc ius generis humani est.

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„All things Death claims. To perish is not doom, but law.“

—  Marcus Annaeus Seneca Roman scholar -54 - 39 BC

From Epigrammata: De Qualitate Temporis 7, 7 as quoted in L. De Mauri, Angelo Paredi, Gabriele Nepi, 5000 proverbi e motti latini https://books.google.gr/books?id=hjiMpXCMCvsC&printsec=, Hoepli Editore, 1995, p. 384 and Hubertus Kudla, Lexikon der lateinischen Zitate https://books.google.gr/books?id=2Vtf_GVrdbgC&dq=, C. H. Beck, 2007, p. 416. The full text can be found in Anthologia Latina I, fasc. 1 (Walter de Gruyter, 1982) https://books.google.gr/books?id=PHWq0avQcGIC&pg=, ed. by D. R. Shackleton Bailey, p. 164. Harold Edgeworth Butler ( Post-Augustan Poetry: From Seneca to Juvenal https://books.google.gr/books?id=2gR48lrVJ-cC&dq=, Library of Alexandria, 1969, ch. 2, sec. 2) attributes De Qualitate Temporis to Seneca the Younger.
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Original: (la) Omnia mors poscit. Lex est, non poena, perire.

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„Some laws are not written, but are more decisive than any written law.“

—  Marcus Annaeus Seneca Roman scholar -54 - 39 BC

Book I, Chapter I; slightly modified translation from Norman T. Pratt Seneca's Drama (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1983) p. 140
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Original: (la) Quædam iura non scripta, sed omnibus scriptis certiora sunt.

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