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I want to live perfectly above the law, and make it my servant instead of my master.

Author: Brigham Young (1801-1877)

Profession: American Mormon Leader

I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.

Author: Voltaire (1694-1778)

Profession: French Historian, Writer

I would be loath to speak ill of any person who I do not know deserves it, but I am afraid he is an attorney.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

I would uphold the law if for no other reason but to protect myself.

Author: Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Profession: Irish Poet

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed.

Author: Virginia Ostman


If the laws could speak for themselves, they would complain of the lawyers.

Author: Edward F. Halifax (1881-1959)

Profession: British Conservative Statesman

If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.

Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Profession: British Novelist

Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.

Author: Addison Mizner


In a democracy -- even if it is a so-called democracy like our white-Úlitist one -- the greatest veneration one can show the rule of law is to keep a watch on it, and to reserve the right to judge unjust laws and the subversion of the function of the law by the power of the state. That vigilance is the most important proof of respect for the law.

Author: Nadine Gordimer (1923)

Profession: South African Author

In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.

Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117 AD)

Profession: Roman Historian

In cross examination, as in fishing, nothing is more ungainly than a fisherman pulled into the water by his catch.

Author: Louis Nizer (1902-1904)

Profession: British Born American Lawyer, Writer

In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislature.

Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman

In law, nothing is certain but the expense.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.

Author: Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Profession: Twenty-sixth President of the USA

It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law.

Author: Cecil B. De Mille (1881-1959)

Profession: American Film Producer and Director