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LAWYERS
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The plainest case in many words entangling.
      - Joanna Baillie

Lawsuits generally originate with the obstinate and the ignorant, but they do not end with them; and that lawyer was right who left all his money to the support of an asylum for fools and lunatics, saying that from such he got it, and to such he would bequeath it.
      - Jeremy Bentham

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

A lawyer is a learned gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies and keeps it himself.
      - Lord Henry Peter Brougham (Brougham and vaux)

A lawyer's dealings should be just and fair;
  Honesty shines with great advantage there.
      - William Cowper

It is a secret worth knowing that lawyers rarely go to law.
      - Moses Crowell

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

To succeed as a lawyer, a man must work like a horse and live like a hermit.
      - John Scott Eldon, 1st Earl of Eldon

Lawyers are a prudent race though not very fond of liberty.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Future lawyers should be more aware that law is not a system of abstract logic, but the web of arrangements, rooted in history but also in hopes, for promoting to a maximum the full use of a nation's resources and talents.
      - Justice Felix Frankfurter,
        in an address to the College of the City of New York, September, 30, 1942

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
      - Benjamin Franklin

I know you lawyers can, with ease, twist words and meanings as you please.
      - John Gay

A man may as well open an oyster without a knife, as a lawyer's mouth without a fee.
      - Barten Holyday (Holiday), Technogamia
         (ii, 5)

Young lawyers attend the courts not because they have business there but because they have no business anywhere else.
      - Washington Irving

It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and to talk by the hour.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Were we to act but in cases where no contrary opinion of a lawyer can be had, we should never act.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Here the fell attorney prowls for prey.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

I oft have heard him say how he admir'd
  Men of your large profession, that could speak
    To every cause, and things mere contraries,
      Till they were hoarse again, yet all be law.
      - Ben Jonson

As to lawyers,--their profession is supported by the indiscriminate defence of right and wrong.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

In the university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
      - Doris Lessing

A lawyer's time and advice are his stock in trade.
      - Abraham Lincoln

In law it is good policy never to plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you cannot.
      - Abraham Lincoln

It took man thousands of years to put words down on paper, and his lawyers still wish he wouldn't.
      - Mignon McLaughlin


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