Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

William Scott, 1st Baron Stowell

English Jurist

"Real valour consists not in being insensible to danger, but in being prompt to confront and disarm it."

"To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so."

"It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty."

"The law of cases of necessity is not likely to be well furnished with precise rules; necessity creates the law, it supersedes rules; and whatever is reasonable and just in such cases, is likewise legal; it is not to be considered as matter of surprise, therefore, if much instituted rule is not to be found on such subjects."

"A dinner lubricates business."

"The elegant simplicity of the three per cents."

"Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude."

"In the first place, it is not improper to observe, that the law of cases of necessity is not likely to be well furnished with precise rules; necessity creates the law, it supersedes rules; and whatever is reasonable and just in such cases, is likewise legal; it is not to be considered as matter of surprise, therefore, if much instituted rule is not to be found on such subjects."