Sir Edward Coke: The Law is Perfection of Reason

DAILY DABBLE IN THE CLASSICS, SIR EDWARD COKE

Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason…. The law, which is perfection of reason.


Source: Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634), “First Institute”. The Note connected to this quote reads: “Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason.” —Sir John Powell: Coggs vs. Bernard, 2 Ld. Raym. Rep. p. 911.


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