Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Henry Ward Beecher (181387)
Any law that takes hold of a mans daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Civil Law and the Sabbath, sermon delivered December 3, 1882.Plymouth Pulpit, vol. 5 (new series), p. 416 (1883).