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Legal Quotes:

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.

Calvin Coolidge

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.

Henry David Thoreau

Common sense often makes good law.

William O. Douglas

That which is not just is not law.

William Lloyd Garrison

Justice delayed is justice denied.

William E. Gladstone

All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

Joseph Conrad

Laws are the sovereigns of sovereigns.

Louis XIV

Law is born from despair of human nature.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

I would say that IQ is the strongest predictor of which field you can get into and hold a job in, whether you can be an accountant, lawyer or nurse, for example.

DANIEL GOLEMAN

From your confessor, lawyer and physician, hide not your case on no condition.

John Harington

Fairness is what justice really is.

Potter Stewart

To force a lawyer on a defendant can only lead him to believe that the law contrives against him.

Potter Stewart

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.

Potter Stewart

Judges are the weakest link in our system of justice, and they are also the most protected.

Alan Dershowitz

Misery is the company of lawsuits.

Francois Rabelais

Yes, there’s such a thing as luck in trial law but it only comes at 3 o’clock in the morning. You’ll still find me in the library looking for luck at 3 o’clock in the morning.

Louis Nizer

To some lawyers, all facts are created equal.

Felix Frankfurter

I’m not sure I can say there is a clean line between me as an individual and me as a lawyer.

Anita Hill

One of the things I was taught in law school is that I’d never be able to think the same again – that being a lawyer is something that’s part of who I am as an individual now.

Anita Hill

Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property.

Jean de la Bruyere

I have a different approach. I don’t file lawsuits because I really don’t care.

Nicole Kidman

It is impossible to tell where the law stops and justice begins.

Arthur Baer

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

Jeremy Bentham

People do not win people fights. Lawyers do.

Norman Ralph Augustine

I’m trusting in the Lord and a good lawyer.

Oliver North

You can’t learn everything you need to know legally.

John Irving

Nothing is so unproductive as the law. It is expensive whether you win or lose.

Gilbert Parker

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.

Johnnie Cochran

We stand for free speech. This means we are not going to ban distasteful subreddits. We will not ban legal content even if we find it odious or if we personally condemn it.

Yishan Wong

Nicaragua is a World Bank and International Monetary Fund designated ‘heavily indebted poor country,’ with little legal ability to control its economic future: Everything is for sale. And once Nicaraguans decide to cash in and sell their houses or farms, they have to look far inland for anything affordable.

Tony D’Souza

I don’t know if I’d call it a favorite, but there was an entree in the rotation at my grade school cafeteria called ‘Salisbury Steak’ that was some kind of freestanding spongiform potage covered in a sauce that would probably have to be spelled ‘grayvee’ for legal reasons.

Adam Rex

A free and open Internet should not have to be weighed down by legal challenges – its dynamism is essential to our economy.

Anna Eshoo

There’s no legal protection for cyborgs. In 2010, I started the Cyborg Foundation to defend our rights. Cyborgs have been kicked out from several places because they are seen as a possible security threat. I’ve been kicked out from places such as Harrods, Casino Montecarlo, and many supermarkets.

Neil Harbisson

Legal behavior is not incompatible with rational, self-interested behavior.

Leonid Hurwicz

There are two kinds of games in economics. One is the game where people use only legal moves. Then there is the true game, the one like real life, where the strategies and moves people make, some of them contain illegal gains.

Leonid Hurwicz

The practice of law requires both continuity and growth – a deep understanding of legal principles born of reason, tradition, and experience and tested by time, but also a mind alert to present needs and the future consequences of public and private legal decisions.

Diane S. Sykes

We do not need a heavy theoretical thumb on the scales. What’s important is how the traditional sources of law and legal interpretation – text, structure, history, canons of interpretation, precedent, and other well-established tools of the judicial craft – are prioritized, weighted, and applied.

Diane S. Sykes

There are several authors who are also lawyers – and not only the ones who write legal thrillers. There are other attorneys who write romantic fiction, and I know of at least one who writes young adult books.

Candace Camp

We do not believe voters gave President Bush a mandate to turn back the clock decades on so many of our legal protections.

Ralph G. Neas

We owe the Aboriginal peoples a debt that is four centuries old. It is their turn to become full partners in developing an even greater Canada. And the reconciliation required may be less a matter of legal texts than of attitudes of the heart.

Romeo LeBlanc

It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.

Edmund Burke

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.

Edmund Burke

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

Saint Augustine

Punishment is justice for the unjust.

Saint Augustine

One with the law is a majority.

Calvin Coolidge

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.

Ambrose Bierce

Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.

Michel de Montaigne

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.

Jonathan Swift

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.

Robert Green Ingersoll

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.

Honore de Balzac

Advertising is legalized lying.

H. G. WELLS

Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.

Otto von Bismarck

A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.

George Herbert

Deceive not thy physician, confessor, nor lawyer.

George Herbert

Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

Thomas Hobbes

In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls.

Lenny Bruce

The trouble with law is lawyers.

Clarence Darrow

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

Clarence Darrow

In law, nothing is certain but the expense.

Samuel Butler

It costs a lot to sue a magazine, and it’s too bad that we don’t have a system where the losing team has to pay the winning team’s lawyers.

Carol Burnett

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.

Charles Lamb

He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.

Charles Lamb

A jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance.

Herbert Spencer

I say the law should be blind to race, gender and sexual orientation, just as it claims to be blind to wealth and power. There should be no specially protected groups of any kind, except for children, the severely disabled and the elderly, whose physical frailty demands society’s care.

Camille Paglia

In the early centuries of Islam, the great schools of Islamic jurisprudence were built upon the above principles. Basic to all their legal systems they developed the doctrine that liberty is the fundamental basis of law.

Aly Khan

Each day, each one of us chooses not to do many things that would be legal but offensive to those around us.

Ralph Peters

Imam Rauf and his backers have every legal right to build their extravagant Islamic center within the lethal radius of Ground Zero. But the rest of us have the right to question why they insist on doing so.

Ralph Peters

With ‘GoldenEye,’ the franchise got locked into this legal fight. They couldn’t make new Bond movies for about seven years. It was my first huge production. I figured if I did at least a yeoman-like job, it would be greeted as a complete revival of the series.

Martin Campbell

Part of doing mash-ups is getting the legal rights to use the songs. If you’re going to do a mash-up with five songs, you should probably find 10 songs, because you’re only going to get half of them cleared. It’s a real collaborative effort.

Harvey Mason, Jr.

About 10 years ago, in an effort to gain a better grasp on McCone’s world, I took up the hobby of building fully electrified scale models: first of the legal cooperative where she started out, and then of her own brown-shingled cottage, a pursuit that the more tactful of my friends label unusual, and that the more blunt refer to as obsessive.

Marcia Muller

There are a lot of Latinos who believe that allowing illegal immigrants to cut in front of the line ahead of those pursuing the legal path sends the wrong signal. The GOP needs to articulate that message respectfully but boldly.

Angela McGlowan

Judges should decide legal disputes. Judges should not make law.

Joseph Wapner

Christian Science has been enormously influential in our religious history, and the church is very powerful. It has won an extraordinary number of legal battles in this country. It has succeeded in passing a number of what are called ‘religious exemption laws.’

Caroline Fraser

I don’t think any business has to give up legal protections in order to simplify. The main consideration is that whatever protection, rights and remedies a corporation wants, they should be put in terms that are understandable to the consumer.

Alan Siegel

I’ve always been driven by the concept of equal justice under the law, but only the rich can pay great sums of money for legal assistance and that puts them at an advantage over the poor.

Samuel Dash

Unless you have a perception of who you are as a lawyer, you will never be at ease in dealing with legal matters, clients, or courts. But if you know who you are and why you’re there, all you need is the expertise and the information.

Samuel Dash

We all know how powerful the web can be for raising political money. Well, if you’re game, the Duke Cunningham Legal Defense Fund is apparently ready to accept your donation.

Joshua Micah Marshall

I love the new legal immigrants; they want their kids to be safe just like I do.

Lou Barletta

Warren Buffett has shown you can be very, very successful without being rapacious, while still being honest, without engaging in constant legal battles.

Guy Spier

I was studying to be a legal secretary when I was called to audition for ‘Ken.’

Kierston Wareing

If you spend five minutes with me or watch me try to balance my checkbook, you can only imagine the disaster I would make of anyone’s legal issues.
Greg Giraldo

Background checks, waiting periods, reports of transfers, and access to mental health records have not stopped the legal sale of firearms to legitimate buyers.

Colleen Hanabusa

Unlike national legal systems, there are precious few avenues to address judicial activism at the WTO. You pretty much have to gain consensus to change the agreements, or simply withdraw from the system. The first is nearly impossible, and the second would be – in the view of many – cataclysmic.

Robert Lighthizer

Judges cannot – nor should they try to – align our legal system with the Church’s moral teaching whenever the two diverge. They should, however, conform their own behavior to the Church’s standard.

Amy Coney Barrett

Your legal career is but a means to an end, and… that end is building the kingdom of God.

Amy Coney Barrett

In places where marriage’s core meaning has been altered through legal action, officials are beginning to target for punishment those believers and churches that refuse to adapt.

Salvatore J. Cordileone

The ingestion of brain-altering chemicals – legal or illegal – cannot be categorized as good stewardship of our earthly lives.

Salvatore J. Cordileone

Class action lawsuits are an important part of our legal system. All citizens should have the right to band together and settle grievances with bigger companies, but that system is broken and it needs fixing.

Tom Carper

Nearly every study shows that competition from cheap foreign labor undercuts the wages of American workers and legal immigrants.

Lamar S. Smith

I would expect illegal alien parents to take care of their children. If it means the kids go back home with them, that’s what happens. If it means there are legal relatives in the United States that can take care of them, that can happen to. But I believe it’s the parents responsibility to take care of the kids.

Mo Brooks

More law, less justice.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

The safety of the people shall be the highest law.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.

Edmund Burke

Justice is the sum of all moral duty.

William Godwin

The only people who benefit from lawsuits are lawyers. I think we made a couple of them rich.

Gavin Rossdale

We are led by lawyers who do not understand either technology or balance sheets.

Thomas Friedman

If somebody invented cigarettes today, the government would not legalize them.

Loni Anderson

Lawsuits should not be used to destroy a viable and independent distribution system. The solution lies in the marketplace and not the courtroom.

Don Henley

Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.

Addison Mizner

Where there is a will there is a lawsuit.

Addison Mizner

The events of the day inspired me to become a lawyer.

Christopher Darden

The law has no compassion. And justice is administered without compassion.

Christopher Darden

Unfortunately, what many people forget is that judges are just lawyers in robes.

Tammy Bruce

I have been surrounded by some of the smartest, brightest, most caring lawyers, by agents who are willing to risk their lives for others, by support staff that are willing to work as hard as they can.

Janet Reno

The good lawyer is the great salesman.

Janet Reno

A lawyer who does not know men is handicapped.

William Dunbar

As a private lawyer, I could bill $750 an hour, but I don’t.

Jay Alan Sekulow

I wouldn’t pretend to tell you we don’t pay our lawyers well.

Jay Alan Sekulow

Lawsuit abuse is a major contributor to the increased costs of healthcare, goods and services to consumers.

Charles W. Pickering

Justice? You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.

William Gaddis

Frivolous lawsuits are booming in this county. The U.S. has more costs of litigation per person than any other industrialized nation in the world, and it is crippling our economy.

Jack Kingston

I’m afraid I talk a lot, too much, perhaps. I should have been a lawyer or a college professor or a windy politician, though I’m glad I am not any of these.

Tom Glazer

A good lawyer is a bad Christian.

John Lothrop Motley

Lawyers are the first refuge of the incompetent.

Aaron Allston

All the libel lawyers will tell you there’s no libel any more, that everyone’s given up.

Ian Hislop

As for lawyers, it’s more fun to play one than to be one.

Sam Waterston

I come from a profession which has suffered greatly because of the lack of civility. Lawyers treat each other poorly and it has come home to haunt them. The public will not tolerate a lack of civility.

James E. Rogers

I used to want to be a lawyer, but I didn’t want to have half my brain sucked out.

Max Walker

They don’t need a lawyer, they need a toastmaster.

Edward Bennett Williams

I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money.

Mary Roberts Rinehart

If Moses had gone to Harvard Law School and spent three years working on the Hill, he would have written the Ten Commandments with three exceptions and a saving clause.

Charles Morgan

As a rule lawyers tend to want to do whatever they can to win.

Bill Williams

A married woman has the same right to control her own body as does an unmarried woman.

Sol Wachtler

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.

Joseph Addison

The legal right of the Southern people to reclaim their fugitives I have constantly admitted. The legal right of Congress to interfere with their institution in the states, I have constantly denied.

Abraham Lincoln

Socialism, reduced to its simplest legal and practical expression, means the complete discarding of the institution of private property by transforming it into public property, and the division of the resultant public income equally and indiscriminately among the entire population.

George Bernard Shaw

I write on big yellow legal pads – ideas in outline form when I’m doing stand-up and stuff. It’s vivid that way. I can’t type it into an iPad – I think that would put a filter into the process.

Robin Williams

Gambling is legal and betting is legal, for what I bet.

Michael Jordan

Those who challenge the law in one or another of its aspects weaken the whole legal structure of society. For one man to disobey a law he does not like is to invite others to disobey another law which he may regard as indispensable to his own livelihood – or life.

Robert Kennedy

In terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people that’s called marriage, and allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country.

Colin Powell

Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.

Ayn Rand

We don’t want two-tier people in America. Those who are legal but not citizens, and citizens.

Joe Biden

People should just buy a CD and rip it. You are legal then.

Bill Gates

Rule-following, legal precedence, and political consistency are not more important than right, justice and plain common-sense.

W. E. B. Du Bois

All women, and men of color – we were owned like tables and chairs. We spent a hundred years getting a legal identity as human beings. That’s a big thing.

Gloria Steinem

Things happened there that I don’t think are the finest hours for anybody, whether it was a journalist, the legal system or, in that case of the political system, who would say that was an example of when Washington worked best.

Rahm Emanuel

The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none.

Andrew Jackson

In Psalm 72, Solomon prays for power and fame but he says the purpose of influence is to speak up for others and one is the immigrant. He doesn’t delineate between legal and illegal.

Rick Warren

I mean, in some cases with libel laws, you know, they can write things about people who have no course of action, because they can’t afford to take legal action against them.

Elton John

Legal discrimination between the sexes is, in almost every instance, founded on outmoded views of society and the pre-scientific beliefs about psychology and physiology. It is time to sweep away these relics of the past and set further generations free of them.

Shirley Chisholm

The Myth of Male Power dealt much more with the political issues, the legal issues, sexual harassment, date rape, women who kill, and those issues were very much more interfaced with the agendas of feminism.

Warren Farrell

All of the legal defense funds out there, they’re looking for people out there with court of appeals experience, because court of appeals is where policy is made. And I know, I know this is on tape and I should never say that because we don’t make law, I know. I know.

Sonia Sotomayor

We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice.

Sonia Sotomayor

Being a justice. If you love law the way I do… you’re given the job of a lifetime… you’re permitted to address the most important legal questions of the country, and sometimes the world. And in doing so, you make a difference in people’s lives.

Sonia Sotomayor

Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.

George Washington

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.

Julius Caesar

If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.

Louis D. Brandeis

It is legal because I wish it.

Louis XIV

I have been committed to carrying out my duties… in accordance with both the letter and spirit of all applicable rules of ethics and canons of conduct.

Samuel Alito


Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.

Mark Twain

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.

Abraham Lincoln

Taste cannot be controlled by law.

Thomas Jefferson

It is right to give every man his due.

Plato

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.

Plato

I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.
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Plato

Make crime pay. Become a lawyer.

Will Rogers

People are getting smarter nowadays; they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience, be their guide.

Will Rogers

It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.

Voltaire

A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman.

Robert Frost

Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.
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Robert Frost

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.

Robert E. Lee

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
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Robert E. Lee

Laws, like houses, lean on one another.

Edmund Burke

There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity – the law of nature and of nations.

Edmund Burke

What is Legal system in short?

Judicial systems can usually be split between the common law and civil law systems.

Modern scholars argue that the importance of this distinction has slowly declined; the various transplants of law, characteristic of modern law, result in the sharing of several characteristics historically considered characteristic of either common law or civil law by modern legal systems.