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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1008
AUTHOR: Alfred Edward Housman (1859–1936)
QUOTATION: The laws of God, the laws of man,
He may keep that will and can;
Not I: let God and man decree
Laws for themselves and not for me;
And if my ways are not as theirs
Let them mind their own affairs.
ATTRIBUTION: A. E. HOUSMAN, “The laws of God, the laws of man,” line 1–6, Last Poems, in The Collected Poems, p. 79 (1967).