Lex est ratio summa

Lex est ratio summa, quae jubet quae sunt utilia et necessaria, et contraria prohibet. Law is the perfection of reason, which commands what is useful and necessary and forbids the contrary. Co. Litt. 319.

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6, [seccion] 20, 135-136: "Igitur doctissimis viris proficisci placuit a lege, haut scio an recte, si modo, ut lidem definiut, lex est ratio summa insira in natura, quae iubet ea, quae facienda sunt, prohibetque contraria.