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LORD EDWARD COKE
English judge and legal writer
(1552 - 1634)
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A corporation has no soul.
      - [Soul]

Certainty is the mother of quiet and repose, and uncertainty the cause of variance and contentions.
      - [Certainty]

Common law is common right.
      - as quoted by William Penn at his trial
        [Law]

Everyone thirsteth after gaine.
      - [Want]

Hope is a waking dream.
      - probably direct quote of Aristotle (see Diogenes Laertius "Lives of Eminent Philosophers")
        [Proverbs]

It is the function of a judge not to make but to declare the law, according to the golden mete-wand of the law and not by the crooked cord of discretion.
      - [Judges]

Precaution is better than cure.
  [Lat., Praestat cautela quam medela.]
      - [Prudence]

So use your own property as not to injure that of another.
      - [Proverbs]

Success in crime always invites to worse deeds.
      - [Proverbs]

The cause ceasing, the effect ceases also.
      - [Proverbs]

The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose.
      - [Home]

The sun, though it passes through dirty places, yet remains as pure as before.
      - [Purity]

They cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicated, for they have no souls.
      - [Corporations]

Things are worth what they will fetch at a sale.
      - [Proverbs]

Those who consent to the act and those who do it shall be equally punished.
      - [Associates]

Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.
      - [Bribery]

We have a maxim in the House of Commons, and written on the walls of our houses, that old ways are the safest and surest ways.
      - [Antiquity]

Where there are many counsellors there is safety.
      - [Proverbs]

You should trust any man in his own art provided he is skilled in it.
      - [Proverbs]

Magna Charta is such a fellow that he will have no sovereign.
      - Debate in the Commons [Law]

Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason. . . . The law which is perfection of reason.
      - First Institute [Law]

The gladsome light of jurisprudence.
      - First Institute [Law]

Let us now peruse our ancient authors, for out of the old fields must come the new corn.
      - Fourth Institute (p. 109) [Justice]

It is not easy to make a simile go on all-fours.
  [Lat., Nullum simile quatuor pedibus currit.]
      - Institutes [Speech]

For a man's house is his castle.
      - Institutes
         (pt. III, Against Going, or Riding Armed, p. 162)
        [Home]


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