Edward Coke, fully Sir Edward Coke

Coke, fully Sir Edward Coke

English Jurist, Barrister, Judge and Politician

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Only this incident inseparable every custom must have, viz., that it be consonant to reason; for how long soever it hath continued, if it be against reason, it is of no force in law.

Things are worth what they will fetch at a sale.

Ratio est anima legis; for then are we said to know the law, when we apprehend the reason of the law; that is, when we bring the reason of the law so to our owne reason, that wee perfectly understand it as our owne; and then, and never before, we have such an excellent and inseparable propertie and ownership therein, as wee can neither lose it, nor any man take it from us, and will direct us (the learning of the law is so chained together) in many other cases. But if by your studie and industrie you make not the reason of the law your owne, it is not possible for you long to retaine it in youre memorie.

Those who consent to the act and those who do it shall be equally punished.

Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason - the law which is perfection of reason.

Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.

Fraud and deceit abound in these days more than in former times.

Seven hours to law, to soothing slumber seven; Ten to the world allot, and all to heaven

We have a maxim in the House of Commons, and written on the walls of our houses, that old ways are the safest and surest ways.

He is not cheated who knows he is being cheated.

So use your own property as not to injure that of another.

We should speak as the populace but think as the learned.

Hell is paved with good intentions.

Success in crime always invites to worse deeds.

Where there are many counselors there is safety.

Hope is a waking dream.

The cause ceasing, the effect ceases also.

You should trust any man in his own art provided he is skilled in it.

How long soever it hath continued, if it be against reason, it is of no force in law.

The Common lawes of the Realme should by no means be delayed for the law is the surest sanctuary, that a man should take, and the strongest fortresse to protect the weakest of all, lex et tutissima cassis.

It is better, saith the law, to suffer a mischief that is peculiar to one, than an inconvenience that may prejudice many

The gladsome light of jurisprudence.

It is commonly said, that three things be favored in law; life, liberty, and dower.

The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress, as well for his defense against injury and violence, as for his repose.

It is therefore necessary that memorable things should be committed to writing, and not wholly betaken i. e., committed to slippery memory which seldom yields a certain reckoning.

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English Jurist, Barrister, Judge and Politician