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On law and lawyers

   Going to law is losing a cow for the sake of a cat. 
                                   Chinese proverb

   In spite of all the critics say, the infallible way of inducing 
   a sense of wrongdoing is by making laws. 

                                            William Bolitho

   To seek the redress of grievances by going to law is like 
   sheep running for shelter to a bramble bush. 


   The Jews ruin themselves at their passovers; the Moors at their 
   marriages; and the Christians in their lawsuits. 

                                                Spanish proverb

   The robes of lawyers are lined with the obstinacy of clients. 

   The plaintiff and defendant in an action at law are like two 
   men ducking their heads in a bucket and daring each other to 
   remain longest under water. 

   These written laws are just like spiders' webs; the small and 
   feeble may be caught and entangled in them, but the rich and 
   mighty force through and despise them. 


   A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two 


   Law is a bottomless pit;  it is a cormorant, a harpy, that 
   devours everything. 

   In law nothing is certain except the expense. 

                                     S. Butler 

   The law is past depth to those who, without heed, do plunge 
   into it. 

   A mouse-trap; easy to get into but not easy to get out of. 


   Lawyers on opposite sides of a case are like the two parts of 
   shears; they cut what comes between them, but not each other. 

   Adversaries in law strive mightly, but eat and drink as 

   There is no country in the world in which everything can be 
   provided for by the laws, or in which political institutions 
   can prove a substitute for common sense and public morality. 

                                               De Tocqueville

   When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most 

   Let but the public mind once become thoroughly corrupt, and all 
   attempts to secure property, liberty or life, by mere force of 
   laws written on parchment, will be as vain as to put up printed 
   notices in an orchard to keep off canker-worms. 

                                               Horace Mann 

   With us, law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, 
   living public opinion.  Let that die or grow indifferent, and 
   statues were waste paper, lacking all executive force. 

                                             Windell Phillips

   Laws were made to restrain and punish the wicked; the wise and 
   good do not need them as a guide, but only as a shield against 
   rapine and oppression; they can live civilly and orderly, 
   though there were no laws in the world. 

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