The realization that life is absurd and cannot be an end, but only a beginning. This is a truth nearly all great minds have taken as their starting point. It is not this discovery that is interesting, but the consequences and rules of action drawn from it. ~ Albert Camus
Not only may particular decisions made according to rules result in material injustice, but a rule may systematically discriminate against the poor and the oppressed. In such circumstances, to be committed to applying the rules, however fairly or impartially administered, come what may, is to ignore the more obvious and direct demands of justice and human welfare.
An exception is nothing else than a rule that applies exceptionally.
Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Fausto Cercignani, 2014, p. 31.
It is paltry philosophy if in the old-fashioned way one lays down rules and principles in total disregard of moralvalues. As soon as these appear one regards them as exceptions, which gives them a certain scientific status, and thus makes them into rules. Or again one may appeal to genius, which is above all rules; which amounts to admitting that rules are not only made for idiots, but are idiotic in themselves.
Carl von Clausewitz, On War (1832), Bk. 3, Ch 3: "Moral Factors", as translated by Michael Howard and Peter Paret.
Man is as much a rule-following animal as a purpose-seeking one. And he is successful not because he knows why he ought to observe the rules which he does observe, or is even capable of stating all these rules in words, but because his thinking and acting are governed by rules which have by a process of selection been evolved in the society in which he lives, and which are thus the product of the experience of generations.
Friedrich Hayek, Law, Legislation, and Liberty, Vol. 1 : Rules and Order (1973), Ch. 1 : Reason and Evolution
It is the nature of man to build the most complicated cage of rules and regulations in which to trap himself, and then, with equal ingenuity and zest, to bend his brain to the problem of wriggling triumphantly out again.
Bridget Ann Henisch, Fast and Feast: Food in Medieval Society (1976), p. 41.
The majority of parents are poor psychologists and give their children the most questionable moral trainings. It is perhaps in this domain that one realized most how keenly how immoral it can be to believe too much in morality, and how much more precious is a little humanity than all the rules in the world.
Jean Piaget, The Moral Judgment of the Child (1932), Ch. 2 : Adult Constraint and Moral Realism.
Pedantry and mastery are opposite attitudes toward rules. To apply a rule to the letter, rigidly, unquestioningly, in cases where it fits and in cases where it does not fit, is pedantry [...] To apply a rule with natural ease, with judgment, noticing the cases where it fits, and without ever letting the words of the rule obscure the purpose of the action or the opportunities of the situation, is mastery.
George Pólya, How to Solve It (1945), (p. 148 in the 2004 Princeton Science Library Edition).
Hillel HA-Babli, in the thirty-first book of The Sabbath in 30 B.C., raised the Golden Rule to the ultimate moral principle: "Whatsoever thou wouldst that men should not do unto thee, do not do unto them. This is the whole Law. The rest is explanation."
Michael Shermer, The Science of Good and Evil : Why People Cheat, Share, Gossip, and Follow the Golden Rule (2004).
Rule, after you have first learned to submit to rule.
Solon, Diogenes Laërtius (trans. C. D. Yonge) The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (1853), "Solon", sect. 12, p. 29.
Ces règles ne sont que des barrières pour empêcher les enfants de tomber.
The rules are only barriers to keep children from falling.
If a rule prevents you from improving or maintaining Wikipedia, ignore it.
Wikipedia:Ignore all rules policy, first expressed in the form "If rules make you nervous and depressed, and not desirous of participating in the Wiki, then ignore them and go about your business." by Lee Daniel Crocker (17 April 2002).
Anonymous, translation of the Italian saying: Amor regge senza legge; as quoted in Dictionary of Foreign Terms Found in English and American Writings of Yesterday and Today, 2nd Edition (1934) edited by Christopher Orlando Sylvester Mawson