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A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

A fish that hangs in the net, like a poor man's right in the law, will hardly come out of it.

A good, contented, well-breakfasted juryman is a capital thing to get hold of. Discontented jurymen always find for the plaintiff.

A knowledge of the laws of our country is an highly useful, and I had almost said essential part of liberal and polite education.

A law is valuable not because it is law, but because there is right in it.

A law overcharged with severity, like a blunderbuss overcharged with powder, will each of them grow rusty by disuse, and neither will be resorted to, from the shock and recoil that must inevitably follow their explosion.

A mouse-trap: easy to enter but not easy to get out of.

A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady.

A natural law is a process, not a power; it is a method of operation, not an operator. A natural law, without God behind it, is no more than a glove without a hand in it.

A prince who falleth out with laws, breaketh with his best friends.

A state is better governed which has few laws, and those laws strictly observed.

After an existence of nearly 20 years of almost innocuous desuetude, these laws are brought forth.

Alas! how many causes that can plead well for themselves in the courts of Westminster, and yet in the general court of the universe, and free soul of man, have no word to utter!

All things obey fixed laws.

Aristotle himself has said, speaking of the laws of his own country, that jurisprudence, or the knowledge of those laws, is the principal and most perfect branch of ethics.

As the law dissolves all contracts which are without a valuable consideration, so a valuable consideration often dissolves the law.

As the laws are above magistrates, so are the magistrates above the people: and it may truly be said, that the magistrate is a speaking law, and the law a silent magistrate.

Be you never so high, the law is above you.

Chancery, and certain other law courts, seem nothing; yet, in fact, they are, the worst of them, something: chimneys for the deviltry and contention of men to escape by.

Consider the reason of the case, for nothing is law that is not reason.


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