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“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”  - Benjamin Franklin

“Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” – Winston Churchill - The Second World War

"All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.  May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” - Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House on August 1, 1776.

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MAXIM.  An established principle or proposition.  A principle of law universally admitted, as being a correct statement of the law, or as agreeable to reason. - Black's Law Dictionary, 4th Edition.

"Throughout the history of western civilization certain principles of law have existed whose truth and validity are self-evident.  These 'maxims of law' relate to matters surrounding property, contracts, government, evidence, marriage, economics and nearly every subject that our lives touch upon.  Maxims of law are so manifestly founded on reason, necessity, and Divine order as to find a place in the code of every civilized nation."

- From "Maxims of Law", Compiled and Edited by Charles A. Weisman
(ISBN 0-9668921-4-3)


Deceit, Fraud

  • 29g.  Out of fraud no action arises;  A right of action cannot arise out of fraud. Phelps v. Decker, 10 Mass. 276. Broom, Max. 349
  • 29i.  Once a fraud, always a fraud.  13 Vin. Abr. 539
  • 29j.  What otherwise is good and just, if it be sought by force and fraud, becomes bad and unjust. 3 Coke, 78.
  • 29k.  He is not deceived who knows himself to be deceived. 5 Coke, 60.
  • 29r.  It is a fraud to conceal a fraud.  1 Story, Eq. Jur. S. 389, 390.

Deceit, Fraud Audio


Authority, Power

  • 11a.  A delegated power cannot be again delegated. 2 Inst. 597; Black’s 2d. 347; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1300.  A deputy cannot have (or appoint) a deputy.  Story, Ag. s. 13; 9 Coke, 77; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1936.
  • 11f.  Power can never be delegated which the authority said to delegate never possessed itself. N.J. Steam Co. v. Merch Bank, 6 How. (47 U.S.) 344, 407.
  • 11i.  Where there is no authority for establishing a rule, there is no necessity of obeying itBlack’s, 2d. 1181; Dav. Ir. K.B. 69. Useless power is to no purpose. Branch, Princ.
  • 11j.  One has authority when he has a legal or rightful power to act. C.L.M.
  • 11t.  He who contemns (or contemptuously treats) a command contemns the party who gives it. 12 Coke, 97.

Authority, Power Audio


Property Rights & Possessions

  • 91r.  Every one is a regulator and disposer of his own property. Co. Litt. 223a.
  • 91u.  Long possession produces the right of possession, and takes away from the true owner his action.  Co. Litt. 110b, 115a; Fleta, lib. 3, c. 15, s. 6; Branch, Princ.; Co. Litt. 6.
  • 91z.  That which is mine cannot be lost, transferred to another, or taken away without my own act, consent, or forfeiture. Broom. Max. 465; Jenk. Cent. p. 251, case 41; 8 Coke, 92; Dig. 50, 17, 11.
  • 91bb.  The right of property is that sole and despotic dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in total exclusion of the right of any other individual. 1 Bl. Comm. 138; 2 Bl. Comm 2, 5.
  • 91ee.  No man is compelled to sell his own property, even for a just price. 4 Inst. 275.

Property Rights & Possessions Audio



  • 24a.  An action cannot be founded on a barren or unconditional contract. C.L.M.
  • 24e.  Contracts have no locality.  The obligation of a contract is purely personal, and actions to enforce it may be brought anywhere. 2 Inst.231; 1 Smith, Lead. Cas. 340, 363; Story, Confl. Laws, s. 362.
  • 24i.  Private contracts (or agreements) cannot derogate from public law or right. Broom, Max. 695; 7 Coke, 23; Wing. Max. max. 201; Co. Litt. 166a; Dig. 50, 17, 45, 1.
  • 24w.  Nothing is so natural as that an obligation should be dissolved by the same mode and principles in which it were contracted. Dig. 50, 17, 35; 2 Inst. 359, 360; Esmond v. Van Benschoten, 12 Barb. (N.Y.) 366, 275; Therefore, an obligation by words is taken away by words; an obligation of mere consent is dissolved by contrary consent. Broom, Max. 887.
  • 24cc.  In contracts, when the question is what was agreed upon, the terms are to be interpreted against the party offering them. Dig. 45, 1, 38, 18; 2 Kent, Comm. 721.

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  • 5b.  An agreement induced by fraud cannot stand. Dig. 2, 14, 7, s. 9.
  • 5c.  Those things which are impossible to be given, or which are not in the nature of things, are regarded as no part of an agreement. Dig. 50, 17, 135.
  • 5i.  Nothing can be effected by an agreement that there shall be no accountability for fraud. Dig. 2, 14, 27, 3; Broom, Max. 3d. Lond. ed. 622, 188, n.
  • 5j.  By special agreement, things are allowed which are not otherwise permitted. Co. Litt. 166.
  • 5l.  The expressed agreement of the parties overcomes or prevails against the law, because the agreement of the parties makes the law of the contract. Story, Ag. S 368; Dig. 16, 3, 1, 6; 2 Coke, 73.

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