|Sir William Blackstone
|Justice of the Common Pleas|
25 June 1770 â€“ 14 February 1780
|Preceded by||Edward Clive|
|Succeeded by||John Heath|
|Justice of the Court of King’s Bench|
16 February 1770 â€“ 25 June 1770
|Preceded by||Joseph Yates|
|Succeeded by||William Ashurst|
|Member of Parliament for Westbury|
|Preceded by||Chauncy Townsend|
|Succeeded by||Charles Dillon|
|Member of Parliament for Hindon|
30 March 1761 â€“ 1768
|Preceded by||James Calthorpe|
|Succeeded by||John St Leger Douglas|
10 July 1723|
|Died||14 February 1780
|Residence||No. 55 Lincoln’s Inn Fields|
|Alma mater||Pembroke College, Oxford|
That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution.
No enactment of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God.
The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.
The law, which restrains a man from doing mischief to his fellow citizens, though it diminishes the natural, increases the civil liberty of mankind.
Men was formed for society, and is neither capable of living alone, nor has the courage to do it.
So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not authorize the least violation of it; no, not even for the general good of the whole community.
The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual's private rights.