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Sir William Blackstone
Justice of the Common Pleas
In office
25 June 1770 â€“ 14 February 1780
Preceded by Edward Clive
Succeeded by John Heath
Justice of the Court of King’s Bench
In office
16 February 1770 â€“ 25 June 1770
Preceded by Joseph Yates
Succeeded by William Ashurst
Member of Parliament for Westbury
In office
Preceded by Chauncy Townsend
Succeeded by Charles Dillon
Member of Parliament for Hindon
In office
30 March 1761 â€“ 1768
Preceded by James Calthorpe
Succeeded by John St Leger Douglas
Personal details
Born (1723-07-10)10 July 1723
Died 14 February 1780(1780-02-14) (aged 56)
Wallingford, Oxfordshire
Political party Tory
Spouse(s) Sarah Clitherow
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.
William Blackstone
No enactment of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God.
William Blackstone
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.
William Blackstone
The law, which restrains a man from doing mischief to his fellow citizens, though it diminishes the natural, increases the civil liberty of mankind.
William Blackstone
It is better that ten guilty escape than one innocent suffer.
Men was formed for society, and is neither capable of living alone, nor has the courage to do it.
William Blackstone
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.
William Blackstone
The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual's private rights.
William Blackstone
The husband and wife are one, and that one is the husband.
Free men have arms; slaves do not.