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A Man for All Seasons:

  • "The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal, not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. . . . I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain-sailing, I can't navigate, I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of the law, oh there I'm a forester. . . . What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? . . . And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you -- where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? . . . This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast -- Man's laws, not God's -- and if you cut them down . . . , d'you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow them? . . . Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake." TVA v. Hill, 437 U.S. 153, 196 (1978), quoting  R. Bolt, A Man for All Seasons, Act I, p. 147 (Three Plays, Heinemann ed.1967).     

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