Quamvis lex generaliter loquitur

Quamvis lex generaliter loquitur, restringenda tamen est, ut cessante ratione et ipsa cessat. Although the law speaks generally, it is to be restrained when the reason on which it is founded fails. 4 Co. Inst. 330.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.