A country survives its legislation. That truth should not comfort the conservative nor depress the radical. For it means that public policy can enlarge its scope and increase its audacity, can try big experiments without trembling too much over the result. This nation could enter upon the most radical experiments and could afford to fail in them.
Author: Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)
Profession: American Journalist
A fox may steal your hens, Sir, a whore your health and pence, Sir, your daughter rob your chest, Sir, your wife may steal your rest, Sir, a thief your goods and plate. But this is all but picking, with rest, pence, chest and chicken; it ever was decreed, Sir, if lawyer's hand is fee d, Sir, he steals your whole estate.
Author: John Gay (1688-1732)
Profession: British Playwright, Poet
A good lawyer is a bad neighbor.
Author: French Proverb
Profession: Sayings of French Origin
A judge is a law student who grades his own papers.
Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist
A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
Author: Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)
Profession: British Philosopher
A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the traitor.
Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA
A lawyer is a gentlemen that rescues your estate from your enemies and then keeps it to himself.
Author: Lord Henry P. Brougham (1778-1868)
Profession: Scottish Whig Politician
A lawyer starts life giving $500 worth of law for $5 and ends giving $5 worth for $500.
Author: Benjamin Brewster
A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.
Author: Mario Puzo (1920)
Profession: American Novelist
A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.
Author: Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
Profession: British Novelist, Poet
A lawyers dream of heaven; every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.
Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)
Profession: British Poet, Satirist
A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman.
Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)
Profession: American Poet
All breathing, existing, living, sentient creatures should not be slain nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away. This is the pure unchangeable law.
All that makes existence valuable to any one depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.
Author: John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
Profession: British Philosopher, Economist
Amongst the learned the lawyers claim first place, the most self-satisfied class of people, as they roll their rock of Sisyphus and string together six hundred laws in the same breath, no matter whether relevant or not, piling up opinion on opinion and gloss on gloss to make their profession seem the most difficult of all. Anything which causes trouble has special merit in their eyes.
Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)
Profession: Dutch Humanist