The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counterauthority to the law.
(Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Observations on the Drawing Up of Laws (first published 1921).
Written in 1774 for Catherine the Great.)
Anybody who runs is a VC. Anybody who stands still is a well-disciplined VC.
(Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin), Full Metal Jacket, shooting aimlessly at Vietnamese (1987).
Adapted from Gustav Hasford's novel The Short Timers.)