Reason is the life of the law, nay the common law itself is nothing else but reason.

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Coke, Edward. The First Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England. Or, a Commentarie upon Littleton, Not the Name of a Lawyer Onely, but of the Law it selfe. London: Societe of Stationers, 1628, bk. 2, ch. 6, sect. 138.