Aequum et bonum, est lex legum. What is good and equal, is the law of laws. Hob. 224.
Animus ad se omne jus ducit. It is to the intention that all law applies.
Clausula que abrogationem excludit ab initio non valet. A clause [in a law] which precludes its abrogation is void from the beginning.
In commerce, the truth is sovereign.
Interpretatio talis in ambiguis semper fienda, ut evitetur inconveniens et absurdum. In ambiguous things, such a construction is to be made, that what is inconvenient and absurd is to be avoided. 4 Co. Inst. 328.
Le contrat fait la loi. The contract makes the law.
Le ley de dieu et ley de terre sont tout un; et l'un et l'autre preferre et favour Ie common et publique bien del terre. The law of God and the law of the land are all one; and both preserve and favor the common and public good of the land.
Lex est sanctio sancta, jubens honesta, et prohibens contraria. 2 Inst. 587. - Law is a sacred sanction, commanding what is honourable, and forbidding what is contrary.
Lex rejicit superOua, pugnantla, incongrua. The law rejects superfluous, contradictory, and incongruous things.
Lex scripta si cesset, id custodiri oportet quod moribus et consuetudine inductum est; et, sl qua in re hoc defecerit, tunc id quod proximum et consequens ei est; et, si id non appareat, tunc jus quo urbs romana utitur servari oportet. If the written law be silent, that which is drawn from manners and custom ought to be observed; and, if that is in any manner defective, then that which is next and analogous to it; and, if that does not appear, then the law which Rome uses should be followed.
Lex semper dabit remedium. The law always gives a remedy. 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2411.
Lex semper intendit quod convenit rationi. The law always intends what is agreeable to reason.
Necessitas non habet legem. Necessity has no law.
Quod est inconveniens, aut contra rationem non permissum est in lege. What is inconvenient or contrary to reason, is not allowed in law. Co. Litt. 178.
Verba fortius accipientur contra proferentum. Words are to be taken most strongly against him who uses them. Bacon's Max. Reg. 3; 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 661.