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Appeal in law: to put the dice into the box for another throw.
Divorce is a game played by lawyers.
Far more has been accomplished for the welfare and progress of mankind by preventing bad actions than by doing good ones.
In England, justice is open to all - like the Ritz Hotel.
It is as if the ordinary language we use every day has a hidden set of signals, a kind of secret code.
It usually takes 100 years to make a law, and then, after it's done its work, it usually takes 100 years to be rid of it.
Law is the witness and external deposit of our moral life. Its history is the history of the moral development of the race.
Laws are the spider's webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape.
Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.
Lawyers spend a great deal of time shovelling smoke.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
That is the beauty of the Common Law, it is a maze and not a motorway.
The law of England is a very strange one; it cannot compel anyone to tell the truth. . . . But what the law can do is to give you seven years for not telling the truth.
Trudeau: Yes, well, there are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don't like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is, go on and bleed, but it is more important to keep law and order in a society than to be worried about weak-kneed people who we don't like the looks of. Reporter: At any cost? How far would you go with that? How far would you extend that? Trudeau: Well, just watch me. . . ."
When the 30-year-old lawyer died he said to St. Peter, "How can you do this to me? - a heart attack at my age? I'm only 30." Replied St. Peter: "When we looked at your total hours billed we figured you were 95."
You are remembered for the rules you break.
Law ... begins when someone takes to doing something someone else does not like.
Any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it.
Show me the man and I'll show you the law.
A man may as well open an oyster without a knife, as a lawyer's mouth without a fee.
No matter whether the Constitution follows the flag or not, the Supreme Court follows the election returns.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
The adversary system is a kind of warfare in mufti.
A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.
Litigant: a person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bone.
In America, an acquittal doesn't mean you're innocent, it means you beat the rap. My clients lose even when they win.
Law and order is one of the steps taken to maintain injustice.
Whatever is enforced by command is more imputed to him who exacts than to him who performs.
The life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience.
Every new time will give its law.
Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black.
No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.
Fragile as reason is and limited as law is as the institutionalized medium of reason, that's all we have standing between us and the tyranny of mere will and the cruelty of unbridled, undisciplined feeling.
A lawyer's dream of heaven - every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.
A vague uneasiness; the police. It's like when you suddenly understand you have to undress in front of the doctor.
A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman.
Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them.
Every skilled person is to be believed with reference to his own art.
An excess of law inescapably weakens the rule of law.
A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
I understand you undertake to overthrow my undertaking.
The law locks up both man and woman Who steals the goose from off the common, But lets the great felon loose Who steals the common from the goose.
I know of no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.
Law school taught me one thing: how to take two situations that are exactly the same and show how they are different.
To some lawyers, all facts are created equal.
And whether you're an honest man, or whether you're a thief, depends on whose solicitor has given me my brief.
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
In cross-examination, as in fishing, nothing is more ungainly than a fisherman pulled into the water by his catch.
Well, I don't know as I want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire him to tell me how to do what I want to do.
The law must be stable and yet it must not stand still.
An appeal is when ye ask wan court to show its contempt for another court.
Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion.
If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.
The aim of law is the maximum gratification of the nervous system of man.
Laws, like the spider's web, catch the fly and let the hawk go free.


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