Playing by the Rules

Sunday, June 1, 2008 – Playing by the Rules  


Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind. ~ Douglas MacArthur


Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men. ~ Douglas Bader


Majority rule only works if you’re also considering individual rights. Because you can’t have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper. ~ Larry Flynt


Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule. ~ Jefferson Davis


Laws are rules established by men who are in control of organized violence for the non-fulfillment of which those who do not fulfill them are subjected to personal injuries, the loss of liberty, and even capital punishment. ~ Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy


A few strong instincts and a few plain rules suffice us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them. ~ Winston Churchill


It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. ~ P. G. Wodehouse


It is a common rule with primitive people not to waken a sleeper, because his soul is away and might not have time to get back. ~ James George Frazer


There are two great rules in life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can in the end get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less of an exception to the rule. ~ Samuel Butler


When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss cannot possibly be estimated. From that moment, we have no compass to govern us, nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer. ~ Edmund Burke


Hell, there are no rules here, we are trying to accomplish something. ~ Thomas Alva Edison


Young men know the rules, but old men know the exceptions. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


It is a good idea to obey all the rules when you’re young just so you’ll have the strength to break them when you’re old. ~ Mark Twain


There are no exceptions to the rule that everybody likes to be an exception to the rule. ~ Charles Osgood


I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes in “The Sign of the Four”


Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule. ~ Charles Dickens, Jaggers in Great Expectations


I am not allowed to use desperate remedies until desperate diseases are really apparent. Otherwise we become just like our enemies – breaking all the rules whenever we imagine that it might possibly do some vague good to humanity in the remote future. – Director Ransom in C. S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength


Conscience is the guardian in the individual of the rules which the community has evolved for its own preservation. ~ William Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence


If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun. ~ Katherine Hepburn


While moral rules may be propounded by authority the fact that these were so propounded would not validate them. ~ Sir Alfred Jules Ayer


I’d trip my mother. I’ll help her up, brush her off, tell her I’m sorry. But mother don’t make it to third. ~ Leo Durocher