„Obeying an inalienable law, things grew, growing riotous and strange in their impulse for growth.“

—  Brian Aldiss, Hothouse (1962), Chapter 1 (first line)
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„All things obey fixed laws.“

—  Marcus Manilius Roman writer
Astronomica, Certis legibus omnia parent. Book I, line 479.

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„That which was then our innermost I and Self has now become something far off and strange to us; and the law of divine appointment, which has now through the grace of God become the law of our life, which we love and obey, was then far off and strange.“

—  Friedrich Schleiermacher German theologian, philosopher, and biblical scholar 1768 - 1834
Context: Between the beginning of our existence and our present life and aims there lies a time in which lust was the prevailing power; in which it conceived and brought forth sin. If we are honest, we can say that there is a period on which we look back only with the feeling that we appear to ourselves to have become since then different men. That which was then our innermost I and Self has now become something far off and strange to us; and the law of divine appointment, which has now through the grace of God become the law of our life, which we love and obey, was then far off and strange. We were only aware of it as an external force, impeding the free course of our life, just as now the separate stirrings of the flesh and of sin are a force which we do not ascribe to our real life. Thus, then, it is true that one life has ceased and another has begun. But the beginning of the new life is the new birth; and this holds good universally, If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; the old is passed away, behold all is become new. The Necessity of the New Birth, Selected sermons of Schleiermacher https://archive.org/details/selectedsermonso00schl, translated by Mary Wilson 1890, p. 89

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„That which is not just, is not Law; and that which is not Law, ought not to be obeyed.“

—  Algernon Sidney British politician and political theorist 1623 - 1683
Discourses Concerning Government (1689), Ch. 3, Sect. 11 http://www.constitution.org/as/dcg_311.htm

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„To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt.“

—  Elizabeth Cady Stanton Suffragist and Women's Rights activist 1815 - 1902
Address to the Tenth National Women's Rights Convention on Marriage and Divorce, New York City, May 11, 1860; as published in Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker: A Reader in Documents and Essays edited by Ellen Carol DuBois and Richard Cándida Smith.

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„The breaking wave and the muscle as it contracts obey the same law.“

—  Dag Hammarskjöld Swedish diplomat, economist, and author 1905 - 1961
Context: The breaking wave and the muscle as it contracts obey the same law. Delicate line gathers the body's total strength in a bold balance. Shall my soul meet so severe a curve, journeying on its way to form? Statement inspired by the work of British sculptor Barbara Hepworth, quoted in The Christian Science Monitor (18 Jun 1964)

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„In the industrial economy success was self-limiting; it obeyed the law of decreasing returns.“

—  Kevin Kelly American author and editor 1952
Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World (1995), New Rules for the New Economy: 10 Radical Strategies for a Connected World (1999)

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