(12) scutage and aids shall only be levied in our kingdom by common counsel of our kingdom, unless occasioned by the need to ransom our own person, to make our eldest son a knight, or to give our eldest daughter once in marriage; the amounts of aid on these occasions shall be reasonable. Aids from the city of London shall be treated similarly.
(39) no freeman shall be arrested, imprisoned, dispos- sessed, outlawed, exiled, or in any way deprived of his standing, nor shall we proceed against him by force or send others against him, except by the lawful judgment of his equals and according to the law of the land.
(61) Whereas we have made all the aforesaid grants out of reverence for God, for the better ordering of our kingdom and for the more effective healing of the strife between us and our barons, and desire that our grant shall remain firm and unshaken in its entirety forever, we do therefore secure and safeguard it by the following provision, namely:
The barons shall elect any twenty-five barons of the kingdom whom they please, and they in their turn shall exert themselves to the full extent of their powers in preserving and upholding, and causing to be upheld, the peaceful settlement and grant of rights which we have made to them and have confirmed by this our present charter; […].
• „Magna Charta is such a fellow that he will have no sovereign.“
(Sir Edward Coke, Chief Justice in the 17th century)
• „We in Britain are rightly proud of the way in which, since Magna Charta in 1215, we have pioneered and developed representative institutions to stand as bastions of freedom. And proud too of the way in which for centuries Britain was a home for people from the rest of Europe who sought sanctuary from tyranny.“
(Margaret Thatcher, „Speech to the College of Europe“, 20. September 1988)