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The judge is found guilty when a criminal is acquitted.

I said there was a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid. To this society all the rest of the people are as slaves.
All breathing, existing, living, sentient creatures should not be slain nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away. This is the pure unchangeable law.
To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt.
Our demands are simple, normal, and therefore they are difficult to satisfy. All we ask is that an actor on the stage live in accordance with natural laws
Under any conditions, anywhere, whatever you are doing, there is some ordinance under which you can be booked.
A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
Whenever you wish to do anything against the law, Cicely, always consult a good solicitor first.
I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either.
A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.
Law cannot persuade when it cannot punish.
Lawyers enjoy a little mystery, you know. Why, if everybody came forward and told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth straight out, we should all retire to the workhouse.
The law often permits what honor prohibits.
Those laws, being forged for universal application, are in perpetual conflict with personal interest, just as personal interest is always in contradiction with the general interest. Good for society, our laws are very bad for the individuals whereof it is composed; for, if they one time protect the individual, they hinder, trouble, fetter him for three quarters of his life.
Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear.
Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty.
A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.
Fools and obstinate men make lawyers rich.
Possession is nine tenths of the law.
Lawyers and painters can soon make what's black, white.
Where the law is uncertain there is no law.
Lawyers and woodpeckers have long bills.
Curse on all laws, but those that love has made.
Courts of law, and all the paraphernalia and folly of law cannot be found in a rational state of society.
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed.
In cross examination, as in fishing, nothing is more ungainly than a fisherman pulled into the water by his catch.
I would uphold the law if for no other reason but to protect myself.
Lawyers -- a profession it is to disguise matters.
The severity of the laws prevents their execution.
The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.
There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principles of fear or reason, but from passion.
It would be better to have no laws at all, than to have too many.
It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law.
All that makes existence valuable to any one depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.
Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.
Lawyers are like rhinoceroses: thick skinned, short-sighted, and always ready to charge.
The only laws of matter are those that our minds must fabricate and the only laws of mind are fabricated for it by matter.
Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it.
The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life -- to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity.

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