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God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.

Author: Hunter S. Thompson (1939)

Profession: American Journalist

Good laws make it easier to do right and harder to do wrong.

Author: William E. Gladstone (1809-1888)

Profession: British Liberal Prime Minister, Statesman

Good men must not obey the laws too well.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.

Author: Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

Profession: British Essayist, Critic

He who goes to law for a sheep loses his cow.

Author: Spanish Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Spanish Origin

Here lies one believe it if you can, who thought an attorney, was a honest man.

Author: Epitaph


I have enforced the law against killing certain animals and many others, but the greatest progress of righteousness among men comes from the exhortation in favor of non-injury to life and abstention from killing living beings.

Author: Asoka (-238 B.C.)

Profession: Buddhist Emperor of India

I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either.

Author: Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918)

Profession: Russian Novelist

I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.

Author: David Dinkins


I know of no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their strict execution.

Author: Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)

Profession: American General, President

I said there was a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid. To this society all the rest of the people are as slaves.

Author: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Satirist

I say, break the law.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis on the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.

Author: Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

Profession: Thirtieth President of the USA

I think we may class the lawyer in the natural history of monsters.

Author: John Keats (1795-1821)

Profession: British Poet