Edward Coke, fully Sir Edward Coke

Coke, fully Sir Edward Coke

English Jurist, Barrister, Judge and Politician

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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.

The King himself should be under no man, but under God and the Law.

Law is the safest helmet.

The Law ... is perfection of reason.

Magna Charta is such a fellow, that he will have no sovereign.

The law compells no man to impossible things. The argument ab impossibili is forcible in law. The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose.

Of every custom there be two essential parts, time and usage; time out of mind, (as shall be said hereafter) and continual and peaceable usage without lawful interruption.

The reason of the law is the life of the law; for though a man can tell the law, yet if he know not the reason thereof, he shall soone forget his superficial knowledge. But when he findeth the right reason of the law, and so bringeth it to his natural reason, that he comprehendeth it as his own, this will not only serve him for the understanding of that particular case, but of many others; for cognitio legis est copulata et complicata; and this knowledge will long remaine with him.

Often do the spirits of great events stride on before the events, and in to-day already walks to-morrow.

There be three kinds of unhappie men. 1. He that hath knowledge and teacheth not. 2. He that teacheth, and liveth not thereafter. 3. He that knoweth not, and doth not enquire to understand.

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English Jurist, Barrister, Judge and Politician