Legal Quotes

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.-Potter Stewart



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



Justice delayed is justice denied.-William E. Gladstone




It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.-Thomas Hobbes



Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.-Honore de Balzac



Justice is the sum of all moral duty. – William Godwin



Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.-Jonathan Swift



It is legal because I wish it.-Louis XIV



If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.-Louis D. Brandeis



I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.-Steven Wright



More law, less justice.-Marcus Tullius Cicero



I’m trusting in the Lord and a good lawyer.-Oliver North



In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls.-Lenny Bruce


Judges are the weakest link in our system of justice, and they are also the most protected.-Alan Dershowitz




The safety of the people shall be the highest law.-Marcus Tullius Cicero



If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. – Julius Caesar



The events of the day inspired me to become a lawyer.-Christopher Darden



Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.-Calvin Coolidge



Common sense often makes good law.-William O. Douglas



I say the law should be blind to race, gender and sexual orientation, just as it claims to be blind to wealth and power. There should be no specially protected groups of any kind, except for children, the severely disabled and the elderly, whose physical frailty demands society’s care.-Camille Paglia




If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.-Henry David Thoreau



I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.-Robert Green Ingersoll



The law has no compassion. And justice is administered without compassion.-Christopher Darden



He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.-Charles Lamb



People do not win people fights. Lawyers do.-Norman Ralph Augustine



It costs a lot to sue a magazine, and it’s too bad that we don’t have a system where the losing team has to pay the winning team’s lawyers.-Carol Burnett



Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.-Charles Lamb


The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.-Abraham Lincoln


Justice? You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.-William Gaddis



It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.-Voltaire



Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.-Robert E. Lee



Advertising is legalized lying.-H. G. Wells



Make crime pay. Become a lawyer.-Will Rogers



Fairness is what justice really is.-Potter Stewart



Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.-Plato



Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. – Edmund Burke



Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.-Addison Mizner


All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.-Joseph Conrad



That which is not just is not law.-William Lloyd Garrison



In law, nothing is certain but the expense.-Samuel Butler


Lawsuit abuse is a major contributor to the increased costs of healthcare, goods and services to consumers.-Charles W. Pickering



It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.-Edmund Burke


I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.-Martin Luther King, Jr.



Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.-Robert Louis Stevenson



Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.-Saint Augustine



Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.-Ambrose Bierce


Punishment is justice for the unjust. – Saint Augustine



The good lawyer is the great salesman.-Janet Reno



Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.-Jeremy Bentham



It is right to give every man his due.-Plato



Lawyers are the first refuge of the incompetent.-Aaron Allston



A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.-George Herbert



The only real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trial lawyers try cases to juries.-Clarence Darrow


The only people who benefit from lawsuits are lawyers. I think we made a couple of them rich.-Gavin Rossdale



Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.-Marcus Tullius Cicero



Nothing is so unproductive as the law. It is expensive whether you win or lose.-Gilbert Parker



Law is born from despair of human nature. – Jose Ortega y Gasset



Lawsuits should not be used to destroy a viable and independent distribution system. The solution lies in the marketplace and not the courtroom.-Don Henley



I come from a profession which has suffered greatly because of the lack of civility. Lawyers treat each other poorly and it has come home to haunt them. The public will not tolerate a lack of civility.-James E. Rogers



A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.-Herbert Spencer

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