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A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

The judge's duty is to inquire about the time, as well as the facts.
  [Lat., Judicis officium est ut res ita tempora rerum
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (I, 1, 37)

The hungry judges soon the sentence sign,
  And wretches hang that jurymen may dine.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
         (canto III, l. 21)

Since twelve honest men have decided the cause,
  And were judges of fact, tho' not judges of laws.
      - Sir William Pulteney, Earl of Bath,
        The Honest Jury,
        in the "Craftsman", vol. 5, 337, refers to Sir Philip Yorke's prosecution of "Craftsman"

We see the judges look like lions, but we do not see who moves them.
      - John Selden, Table Talk

If you judge, investigate; if you reign, command.
  [Lat., Si judicas, cognosce; si regnas, jube.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Medea

And then, the justice;
  In fair round belly, with good capon lin'd,
    With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
      Full of wise saws and modern instances,
        And so he plays his part.
      - William Shakespeare

O, let her brother live:
  Thieves for the robbery have authority
    When judges steal themselves.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Angelo at II, ii)

He who the sword of heaven will bear
  Should be as holy as severe;
    Pattern in himself to know,
      Grace to stand, and virtue go;
        More nor less to others paying
          Than by self-offenses weighing.
            Shame to him whose cruel striking
              Kills for faults of his own liking.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Vincentio, the Duke at III, ii)

Therefore I say again
  I utterly abhor, yea, from my soul
    Refuse you for my judge, whom yet once more
      I hold my most malicious for and think not
        At all a friend to truth.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Katherine at II, iv)

Heaven is above all yet; there sits a judge
  That no king can corrupt.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Katherine at III, i)

To offend and judge are distinct offices,
  And of opposed natures.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Portia at II, ix)

It doth appear you are a worthy judge;
  You know the law, your exposition
    Hath been most sound.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Shylock at IV, i)

What is my offense?
  Where is the evidence that doth accuse me?
    What lawful quest have given their verdict up
      Unto the frowning judge? or who pronounced
        The bitter sentence of poor Clarence's death
          Before I be convict by course of law?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Clarence at I, iv)

Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly, and to decide impartially.
      - Socrates

A wise judge, by the craft of the law, was never seduced from its purpose.
      - Robert Southey

The judge is condemned when the guilty is acquitted.
  [Lat., Judex damnatur cum nocens absolvitur.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Our magistrates discharge their duties best at the beginning; and fall off toward the end.
  [Lat., Initia magistratuum nostrorum meliora, ferme finis inclinat.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (XV, 31)

Judges, like the criminal classes, have their lighter moments.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

A good judge should never boast of his power, because he can do nothing but what he can do justly: he is not the master, but the minister of the law. Authority without virtue is a very dangerous state.
      - Thomas Wilson (2)

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