Extreme law is often extreme injustice.

[Ius summum saepe summa est malitia.]

Terence (186?-159 BC) African-Roman dramatist [Publius Terentius Afer]
Heauton Timoroumenos [The Self-Tormentor], Act 4, sc. 5, l. 48 (l. 796)

Alt. trans.:

  • "The highest law is often the greatest wrong."
  • "Extreme justice is often extreme malice."
  • "Rigorous law is often rigorous injustice."
Added on 1-Sep-10 | Last updated 1-Sep-10
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