Matthew Hale, fully Sir Matthew Hale

Hale, fully Sir Matthew Hale

English Barrister, Judge and Lawyer, noted for his treatise "The History of the Pleas"

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Languages of countries are lost by transmission of colonies of a different language.

The influx of the knowledge of God, in relation to everlasting life, is infinitely of moment.

There is the same necessity for the divine influence and regimen to order and govern, conserve and keep together, the universe in that consistence it hath received, as it was at first to give it before it could receive it.

Abatements may take away infallible concludency in these evidences of fact, yet they may be probable and inductive of credibility, though not of science.

Let your words be few, especially when your superiors, or strangers, are present, lest you betray your own weakness, and rob yourselves of the opportunity which you might otherwise have had, to gain knowledge, wisdom, and experience, by hearing those whom you silence by your impertinent talking…. Be careful not to interrupt another when he is speaking: hear him out, and you will understand him the better, and be able to give him the better answer.

The intellectual faculty is a goodly field, capable of great improvement, and it is the worst husbandry in the world to sow it with trifles and impertinences.

There is the same necessity for the divine influence to keep together the universe in that consistence it hath received as it was first to give it.

According to a juridical account and legal signification, time within memory, by the statute of Westminster, was settled in the beginning of the reign of King Richard the First.

Many conclusions of moral and intellectual truths seem, upon this account, to be congenite with us, connatural to us, and engraven in the very frame of the soul.

The intellectual husbandry is a good field, and it is the worst husbandry in the world to sow it with trifles.

This little active principle, as the body increaseth and dilateth, evolveth, diffuseth, and expandeth, if not his substantial existence, yet his energy.

All before Richard I is before time of memory; and what is since is, in a legal sense, within the time of memory.

Many excellent things are in nature which by reason of the remoteness from us, and unaccessibleness to them, are not within any of our faculties to apprehend.

The moral goodness and congruity, or evilness, unfitness, and unseasonableness, of moral and natural action, falls not within the verge of a brutal faculty.

Those rational instincts, the connate principles engraven in the human soul, though they are truths acquirable and deducible by rational consequence and argumentation, yet seem to be inscribed in the very crasis and texture of the soul, antecedent to any acquisition by industry or the exercise of the discursive faculty in man.

All other knowledge merely serves the concerns of this life, and is fitted to the meridian thereof: they are such as will be of little use to a separate soul.

Many things that obtain as common law had their original by parliamentary acts, or constitutions made in writings by the king, lords, and commons.

The moral of that poetical fiction, that the uppermost link of all the series of subordinate causes is fastened to Jupiter’s chair, signifies … that Almighty God governs and directs subordinate causes and effects.

Though sometimes effected by the immediate fiat of the divine will, yet I think they are most ordinarily done by the ministration of angels.

All the laws of this kingdom have some monuments or memorials thereof in writing, yet all of them have not their original in writing; for some of those laws have obtained their force by immemorial usage or custom.

Men or women that are greedy of acquaintance, or hasty in it, are oftentimes snared in ill company before they are aware, and entangled so, that they cannot easily get loose from it after, when they would.

The more business a man has to do, the more he is able to accomplish, for he learns to economize his time.

Though this vicinity of ourselves to ourselves cannot give us the full prospect of all the intrigues of our nature, yet we have much more advantage to know ourselves than to know other things without us.

All the notions we have of duration is partly by the successiveness of its own operations, and partly by those external measures that it finds in motion.

Neither the divine determinations, persuasions or inflections of the understanding or will of rational creatures doth deceive the understanding, pervert the will, or necessitate either to any moral evil.

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English Barrister, Judge and Lawyer, noted for his treatise "The History of the Pleas"