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In law, nothing is certain but the expense.

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

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Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue. Francis Bacon

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The law is light.

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Good men must not obey the laws too well. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The trouble with law is lawyers. Clarence Darrow

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Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny. Edmund Burke

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First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. William Shakespeare

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The law is reason, free from passion. Aristotle

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When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken. Benjamin Disraeli

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People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have must to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous. Edmund Burke

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Where there is no law there is no transgression.

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Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time. Henry Ward Beecher

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No civilization would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other. Hannah Arendt

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Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty. Thomas Jefferson

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When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive. Miguel de Cervantes

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

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Laws, like houses, lean on one another. Edmund Burke

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Our law very often reminds one of those outskirts of cities where you cannot for a long time tell how the streets come to wind about in so capricious and serpent-like a manner. At last it strikes you that they grew up, house by house, on the devious tracks of the old green lanes; and if you follow on to the existing fields, you may often find the change half complete. Walter Bagehot

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The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress. Quentin Crisp

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The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it. Bertolt Brecht

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Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder. Charles Caleb Colton

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Keep out of Chancery. It's being ground to bits in a slow mill; it's being roasted at a slow fire; it's being stung to death by single bees; it's being drowned by drops; it's going mad by grains. Charles Dickens

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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 feed, Sir, he steals your whole estate. John Gay

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The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free. Cicero

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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. Desiderius Erasmus

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The law is only one of several imperfect and more or less external ways of defending what is better in life against what is worse. By itself, the law can never create anything better. Establishing respect for the law does not automatically ensure a better life for that, after all, is a job for people and not for laws and institutions. Václav Havel

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The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate. Nicolas Chamfort

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The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has. Raymond Chandler

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The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be. Raymond Chandler

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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. Edmund Burke

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Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made. Otto von Bismarck

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Our human laws are more or less imperfect copies of the external laws as we see them. James Anthony Froude

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The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular. Edward Gibbon

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Lawyers I suppose were children once. Charles Lamb

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A judge is a law student who grades his own papers. H. L. Mencken

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

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Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property. Jean de La Bruyère

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It would be better to have no laws at all, than to have too many. Michel de Montaigne

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The good of the people is the greatest law. Cicero

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The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law. Denis Diderot

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Useless laws weaken the necessary laws. Montesquieu

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There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion. Montesquieu

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The law helps those who watch, not those who sleep.

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Where the law is uncertain there is no law.

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

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A lawyers dream of heaven; every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.

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

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There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity -- the law of nature and of nations. Edmund Burke