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The law helps those who watch, not those who sleep.

Law school taught me one thing; how to take two situations that are exactly the same and show how they are different.
Petty laws breed great crimes.
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
Who thinks the law has anything to do with justice? It's what we have because we can't have justice.
A country survives its legislation. That truth should not comfort the conservative nor depress the radical. For it means that public policy can enlarge its scope and increase its audacity, can try big experiments without trembling too much over the result. This nation could enter upon the most radical experiments and could afford to fail in them.
Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap. Let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges. Let it be written in primers, spelling books, and in almanacs. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in the courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation.
I know of no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their strict execution.
In a democracy -- even if it is a so-called democracy like our white-?litist one -- the greatest veneration one can show the rule of law is to keep a watch on it, and to reserve the right to judge unjust laws and the subversion of the function of the law by the power of the state. That vigilance is the most important proof of respect for the law.
The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.
Amongst the learned the lawyers claim first place, the most self-satisfied class of people, as they roll their rock of Sisyphus and string together six hundred laws in the same breath, no matter whether relevant or not, piling up opinion on opinion and gloss on gloss to make their profession seem the most difficult of all. Anything which causes trouble has special merit in their eyes.
The wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand, which perishes in the twisting.
The laws of each are convertible into the laws of any other.
When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
Keep out of Chancery. It's being ground to bits in a slow mill; it's being roasted at a slow fire; it's being stung to death by single bees; it's being drowned by drops; it's going mad by grains.
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis on the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has.
Even an attorney of moderate talent can postpone doomsday year after year, for the system of appeals that pervades American jurisprudence amounts to a legalistic wheel of fortune, a game of chance, somewhat fixed in the favor of the criminal, that the participants play interminably.
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.
Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
Where there is no law there is no transgression.
Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.
Every law is an infraction of liberty.
No civilization would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other.
An incompetent attorney can delay a trial for years or months. A competent attorney can delay one even longer.
Somebody figured it out -- we have 35 million laws trying to enforce Ten Commandments.
The laws and the stage, both are a form of exhibitionism.
We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read.
To succeed in the other trades, capacity must be shown; in the law, concealment of it will do.
We enact many laws that manufacture criminals, and then a few that punish them
The due process of law as we use it, I believe, rests squarely on the liberal idea of conflict and resolution.
The best laws cannot make a constitution work in spite of morals; morals can turn the worst laws to advantage. That is a commonplace truth, but one to which my studies are always bringing me back. It is the central point in my conception. I see it at the end of all my reflections.
Scarcely any political question arises in the United States that is not resolved, sooner or later, into a judicial question.
Whatever the human law may be, neither an individual nor a nation can commit the least act of injustice against the obscurest individual without having to pay the penalty for it.
The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for law, so much as a respect for right.
Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.
Fish die when they are out of water, and people die without law and order.
In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.

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