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  • Judges aren’t supposed to legislate from the bench.
  • We cannot legislate how people’s spend their free time
  • For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • But they will immediately come to life again in the society they have legislated for.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World

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  • Evidently, Congress must soon legislate again on the hastily organized Bureau, which had so quickly grown into wide significance and vast possibilities.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • His words are wisdom to those legislators who contemplate no essential reform in the existing government; but for thinkers, and those who legislate for all time, he never once glances at the subject.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • "Don’t you think, lieutenant, that the police have enough to do without trying to legislate our morality and personal lifestyles?"
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • They understood that they could not legislate the future, for they had no idea what it would hold, or what society would demand for its future liberties.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Others were made by hitching suffixes to nouns, /e. g./, /to negative/, /to deputize/, /to locate/, /to legislate/, /to infract/, /to compromit/ and /to happify/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Is this number safe for the limited power of legislating for the United States?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2

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  • The whiteness of a man’s skin or the misguided customs of his land do not exonerate him from hideous deeds, no matter how they have been rationalized and legislated into feigned legitimacy.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • ] [Footnote i: Several other privileges of the same kind exist, such as that which empowers the Union to legislate on bankruptcy, to grant patents, and other matters in which its intervention is clearly necessary.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Any commodity is certain to be sold—bought, sold, leased, rented, bartered, traded, discounted, price-stabilized, inflated, bootlegged, and legislated—and a woman’s ’commodity’ as it was called on Earth in franker days is no exception.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • We first broke the law in a way which avoided any recourse to violence; when this form was legislated against, and then the Government resorted to a show of force to crush opposition to its policies, only then did we decide to answer violence with violence.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • But in the same letter he declared that "rather than submit to the right of legislating for us assumed by the British parliament and which late experience has shown they will so cruelly exercise, [I] would lend my hand to sink the whole island in the ocean."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • No man can be a competent legislator who does not add to an upright intention and a sound judgment a certain degree of knowledge of the subjects on which he is to legislate.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It’s a tiresome business, this legislating!"
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • "A growing number of groups who represent narrow social and political interests;’ Nugent warned, "have set their sights on our industry in an effort to legislate behavioral change."
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • I have mentioned the early opposition to /dutiable/, /influential/, /presidential/, /lengthy/, /to locate/, /to oppose/, /to advocate/, /to legislate/ and /to progress/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Even so useful a verb as /to locate/, now in perfectly good usage, [Pg050] was denounced in the third volume of the /North American Review/, and other purists of the times tried to put down /to legislate/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Naturally, all these powers were not exercised continuously nor to their fullest extent; and yet, as General Howard has said, "scarcely any subject that has to be legislated upon in civil society failed, at one time or another, to demand the action of this singular Bureau."
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • If we interpret these articles in the Articles of Confederation by the rules objectors have used on the new Constitution, the existing Congress has the power to legislate about everything.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Whether sixty-five members for a few years, and a hundred or two hundred for a few more, be a safe depositary for a limited and well-guarded power of legislating for the United States?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Construe either of these articles by the rules which would justify the construction put on the new Constitution, and they vest in the existing Congress a power to legislate in all cases whatsoever.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But marital fidelity is commoner there than it is on Earth; it simply is not legislated.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • The diet possesses the general power of legislating for the empire; of making war and peace; contracting alliances; assessing quotas of troops and money; constructing fortresses; regulating coin; admitting new members; and subjecting disobedient members to the ban of the empire, by which the party is degraded from his sovereign rights and his possessions forfeited.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • If there existed in America a class of citizens whom the legislating majority sought to deprive of exclusive privileges which they had possessed for ages, and to bring down from an elevated station to the level of the ranks of the multitude, it is probable that the minority would be less ready to comply with its laws.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Had no other enumeration or definition of the powers of the Congress been found in the Constitution, than the general expressions just cited, the authors of the objection might have had some color for it; though it would have been difficult to find a reason for so awkward a form of describing an authority to legislate in all possible cases.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • …to convince the impartial and discerning, that there is an absolute necessity for an entire change in the first principles of the system; that if we are in earnest about giving the Union energy and duration, we must abandon the vain project of legislating upon the States in their collective capacities; we must extend the laws of the federal government to the individual citizens of America; we must discard the fallacious scheme of quotas and requisitions, as equally impracticable and…
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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