rules are made to be broken

rules are made to be broken

1934 S. PALMER ‘Riddle of the Forty Costumes’ in Mystery (Jan.) ‘There’s nothing in it for the Homicide Squad. We have rules, you know.’ ‘Fiddlesticks,’ Miss Withers retorted. ‘Rules are made to break.’

1938 F. VIVIAN Black Alibi xxiii. 212 ‘An old rule says Tell your lawyer everything, Mr. Moy.’.. ‘An old saying asserts that rules were made to be broken. You must remember that also!’

1954 A. C. CLARKE Expedition to Earth 58 It is a fundamental rule of space-flight that..the minimum crew on a long journey shall consist of not less than three men. But rules are made to be broken.

2001 Washington Post Book World 28 Jan. 13 It’s a rule of crime fiction that recurring main characters rarely get knocked off; but during Flavia’s final confrontation with a sadistic murderer, Pears gives his uneasy readers cause to remember that rules are made to be broken.

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