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Quotations about the Law

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The law, a foundational pillar of any society, serves as the guiding framework that governs behavior, enforces standards, and ideally, upholds justice. It reflects society's norms and values while simultaneously shaping them, encapsulating the complex interplay of morality, authority, and societal order. From constitutional rights to criminal codes, the law permeates every aspect of our lives, regulating the social contract and mediating our interactions with each other and with the state.

The ensuing collection of witty quotations presents an engaging exploration of the law from varied perspectives. These reflections originate from legal scholars who have studied its intricacies, lawyers who have practised within its framework, judges who have interpreted and enforced it, and everyday individuals who have experienced its impact. They touch on the law's purpose, its application, its strengths and weaknesses, and its profound role in shaping societal structures and individual lives.

These quotations delve into the essence of the law, revealing its complexity and its indispensability. They discuss the pursuit of justice, the importance of fairness, the role of power, and the continuous evolution of legal systems in response to changing societal needs.

quotations about the law

"The only thing more expensive than a good lawyer is a bad lawyer." Anon

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The trouble with law is *lawyers.*stupid juries.*corrupt judges.* Clarence Darrow (American lawyer, 1857-1938)

"I don't believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good." Henry Ford (American car manufacturer and businessman, 1863-1947)

The law is *an ass.*what keeps us safe.*pants.* Charles Dickens (English novelist, 1812-70)

"The law is a profession for men who want to make a career out of practicing boredom." John Mortimer (English novelist, barrister, and dramatist, 1923-2009)

The only way to beat the lawyers is *to die with nothing.*to become one.*with a bat.* Will Rogers (American actor and humorist, 1879-1935)

"Lawyers are men who will swear black is white if they are paid for it." Anon

"The law is a system that protects us from lawyers." Anon

"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." Anatole France (French poet, 1844-1924)

"If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers." Charles Dickens (English novelist, 1812-70)

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"A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers." H. L. Mencken (American journalist and literary critic, 1880-1956)

"A lawyer is someone who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a brief." Franz Kafka (Bohemian novelist, 1883-1924)

"The law is a funny thing: it's always changing, but it never seems to get any better." Anon

"The law is a bottomless pit, and the rules of precedent are as slippery as eels in oil." Earl Warren (American politician, 1891-1974)

"The law is a spider web, in which the small flies get caught and the big ones break through." Honore de Balzac (French novelist, 1799-1850)

"Laws are like *sausages.*cars.*airplanes.* It's better not to see them being made." Otto von Bismarck (German statesman, 1815-98)

"The one great principle of the English law is to make business for itself." Charles Dickens (English novelist, 1812-70)

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"This contract is so one-sided that I am surprised to find it written on both sides of the paper." Lord Evershed (British judge, 1899-1966)

"A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer." Robert Frost (American poet, 1874-1963)

Let's find out what everyone is doing, And then stop everyone from doing it. A. P. Herbert (English writer and humorist, 1890-1971)

"Legal writing is one of those rare creatures, like the rat and the cockroach, that would attract little sympathy even as an endangered species." Richard Hyland (American lawyer, 1949-)

In England, justice is open to all – like *the Ritz Hotel.*a chip shop.*Butlin's.* James Mathew (Irish judge, 1830-1908)

"Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice." H. L. Mencken (American journalist and literary critic, 1880-1956)

Here [in Paris] they hang a man first, and try him afterwards. Moliere (French dramatist, 1622-73)

Going to court is just *an expensive habit.*an occupational hazard.*boring.* Keith Richards (English rock musician, 1943-)

"The first thing we do? Let's kill all the lawyers." William Shakespeare (English dramatist, 1564-1616)

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"Whenever a copyright law is to be made or altered, then the idiots assemble." Mark Twain (American writer, 1835-1910)

Judge: "Are you trying to show contempt for this court?"
West: "No, I'm doing my best to hide it." Mae West (American film actress, 1892-1980)

"Asking the ignorant to use the incomprehensible to decide the unknowable." Hiller B. Zobel (American judge, 1932-) talking about juries

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