VoltaireVoltaire, [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778) French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher

Voltaire Quote

“Let the laws be clear, uniform and precise; to interpret laws is almost always to corrupt them.”

~ Voltaire

Ratings and Comments

Joel, Rochester, MI

Clearly stated "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Yet I am required to register and purchase a permit to keep and bear a handgun. This corruption, the infringment on the rights of law abiding citizens, will never control the criminal 2%. But it clearly strips us of our ability to defend ourselves when the police are not present.

Pastor H Ray Eldridge, Graysville

The same is true of the WORD of GOD that is why it says in Deut. 4:2 and in Rev. 22:18-19 NOT to ADD to or TAKE from the WORD! The AKJV 1611 has been right for almost 400 years So, if it ain't broke don't fix it!

KS, Somewhere in NY.

The Truth gets 5 stars from me.

Ron, Camillus, NY

Great... points out exactly what the attorneys of the world have done, corrupt the system by complicating it so much you need to pay them to work it... nothing is further away from what the founders wanted...

J Carlton, Calgary

Excellent observation.

cal, lewisville, tx

One only needs to look at our Supreme Court since Earl Warren. " No, we didn't write the Constitution, but we know what those who did intended -you may read it, but we will tell you just what it says."

jim k, austin

Voltaire could have been refering to our current Supreme Court. You may read the Constitution but the Supremes will tell you what the Founding Fathers really meant.

GS, Tennessee

Re-interpreting a historical doncument, such as the U.S. Constitution, is almost always corruption of its real meaning.

jim k, austin

The main reason that our country is in such a mess is because most of the men and women in the Congress are LAWYERS.

Anonymous, Reston, VA, US

And yet, word meaning does change over time, so what was written over 200 years ago (to say nothing of what was written 2000 years ago and has undergone numerous by hand transcriptions and translations!) needs to be understood in the light of the time it was written in, not today's light... and that does require interpretation, as none of us today were alive then... which is, of course, all the more reason for the original writing to be in clear, open, concise and precise text.

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RBESRQ    10/26/09

My point precisely

A.WOODS, Gloucester

Pastor H, how is your telling me your interpretation of scripture neither adding to nor taking from from the word?

E Archer, NYC

Yes, like the definition of 'income' in tax law... A more deceptive maze has never been written. If it takes 2000 pages to explain, you can bet it is designed to prevent anyone from reading it -- especially Congressmen/women.

Dan I., Marlton, NJ

Interpretation is one of my most unliked words. Say what you mean! You know what I mean?!

Eva, Ottawa

No wonder our justice system is so corrupt as the British common law is based on the principle that the role of a judge is to interpret, not to aply law.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

In the law, as in other spheres, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Ronw13, Oregon

That which applies to the state applies to the church when rightly dividing the word of truth. This beginning point of understanding, what is to you and what is for you, is simply understood as honesty, with ones self and others. Are we so foolish as not to see where corruption inters. Having been fed a meal of corruption for so long, people so far removed from their Liberties through deceit and deception. Simplicity is the key, sincerity required, courage and strength to guard the gate. Private interpretation is used for the indoctrination of unsuspecting fools. not thinking for themselves, being caught in the snares and traps of socialistic corruption.

Mike, Norwalk

The founding premise of the de jure States united was to be Hebrew Natural law (natural law) administered through a body politic of servants, being set forth in clear written language when declaring independence from a government of men /a despotic and tyrannous legal system (each individual sovereign is "to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them" (Declaration of Independence)). Said natural law is immutable and inalterable by mere mortal man. By way of example: gravity, physics and fiscal law; no matter how corporeal man defines the law, the law remains constant. At natural law, man's administrative tools used to define differing aspects of natural law are recognized as codes, ordinances, regulations, rules, statutes, etc. When carnal man attempts to legislate into existence the concepts of carnal men - 'legal positivism' (where man as a god is capable of creating law, otherwise recognized as mere tools at natural law) - contrary to natural law (Keynesian economics, by interpretation, an attempt to corrupt natural law) ultimate devastation will always be the realized end result. As Joel's example above so accurately depicts, even clear language within legal positivism is not enough to dissuade corruption.


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