I Would Give The Devil Benefit Of The Law For My Own Safety's Sake.
I would give the Devil benefit of the law for my own safety's sake.
-- _A_Man_for_All_Seasons_ by Robert Bolt
What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
"I'd cut down every law in England to do that." "Oh?...
When a man takes an oath, Meg, he's holding his ownself in his own hands.
Like water. And if he opens his fingers then- he needn't hope to find himself again....
I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety.
-- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), King Henry V -- Act iii, Sc. 2...
I would be virtuous for my own sake, though nobody were to know i
as I would be clean for my own sake, although nobody were to see me. -- Shaftesbury...
I think that when statesmen forsake their private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos.
-- Sir Thomas Moore to Cardinal Woolsey in _A Man for All Seasons_...
Every man for himself, his own ends, the Devil for all.
-- Robert Burton (1577-1640) -- The Anatomy of Melancholy, Part iii, Sect. 1, Memb. 3...
INGRATE, n. One who receives a benefit from another, or is otherwise an object of charity.
"All men are ingrates," sneered the cynic. "Nay," The good philanthropist replied...
BONDSMAN, n. A fool who, having property of his own, undertakes to become responsible for that entrusted to another to a third.
Philippe of Orleans wishing to appoint one of his favorites, a dissolute nobleman, to a high office, asked him what security he would be able to give....