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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