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Daniel Webster

Accuracy and diligence are much more necessary to a lawyer than great comprehension of mind, or brilliancy of talent.

Accuracy | Character | Diligence | Mind |

Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux

We all know here that the law is the most powerful of schools for the imagination. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.

Imagination | Law | Nature | Truth | Wisdom |

Mario Puzo, fully Mario Gianluigi Puzo

A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.

Men |

Peggy Noonan, born Margaret Ellen Noonan

Most people aren't appreciated enough, and the bravest things we do in our lives are usually known only to ourselves. No one throws ticker tape on the man who chose to be faithful to his wife, on the lawyer who didn't take the drug money.

Enough | Man | Money | People | Wife |

Adam Smith

The time and study, the genius, knowledge, and application requisite to qualify an eminent teacher of the sciences, are at least equal to what is necessary for the greatest practitioners in law and physic. But the usual reward of the eminent teacher bears no proportion to that of the lawyer or physician... The inequality is upon the whole, perhaps, rather advantageous than hurtful to the public. It may somewhat degrade the profession of a public teacher; but the cheapness of literary education is surely an advantage which greatly overbalances this trifling inconveniency.

Education | Genius | Inequality | Knowledge | Law | Public | Reward | Study | Time | Teacher |

Spanish Proverbs

One lawyer makes work for another.

Work |

Jean Giraudoux, fully Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux

We all know here that the law is the most powerful of schools for the imagination. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.

Law | Nature |

Mario Cuomo

If you can manipulate news, a judge can manipulate the law. A smart lawyer can keep a killer out of jail, a smart accountant can keep a thief from paying taxes, a smart reporter could ruin your reputation- unfairly.

Potter Stewart

To force a lawyer on a defendant can only lead him to believe that the law contrives against him.

Force | Law |

Hillary Rodham Clinton

I wasn't born a first lady or a senator. I wasn't born a Democrat. I wasn't born a lawyer or an advocate for women's rights and human rights. I wasn't born a wife or a mother.

Rights | Wife |

Ramakrishna, aka Ramakrishna Paramhamsa or Sri Ramakrishna, born Gadadhar Chattopadhyay NULL

Therefore one should trust in the words of holy men and great souls, those who have realized God. They constantly think of God, as a lawyer of his lawsuits.

Men | Trust | Words | Think |

Richard Barnfield

Money is the sovereign queen of all delights - for her, the lawyer pleads, the soldier fights.

R. D. Blackmore, fully Richard Doddridge Blackmore

For, according to our old saying, the three learned professions live by roguery on the three parts of a man. The doctor mauls our bodies the parson starves our souls, but the lawyer must be the adroitest knave, for he has to ensnare our minds.

Old |

Richard Nixon, fully Richard Milhous Nixon

When I grow up, I want to be an honest lawyer so things like that can't happen.

Rufus Jones, fully Rufus Matthew Jones

Serenity comes not alone by removing the outward causes and occasions of fear, but by the discovery of inward reservoirs to draw upon.

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

A mere life of ease is not in the end a very satisfactory life, and, above all, it is a life which ultimately unfits those who follow it for serious work in the world. In the last analysis a healthy state can exist only when the men and women who make it up lead clean, vigorous, healthy lives; when the children are so trained that they shall endeavor, not to shirk difficulties, but to overcome them; not to seek ease, but to know how to wrest triumph from toil and risk.

Man |

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

As regards capital cases, the trouble is that emotional men and women always see only the individual whose fate is up at the moment, and neither his victim nor the many millions of unknown individuals who would in the long run be harmed by what they ask. Moreover, almost any criminal, however brutal, has usually some person, often a person whom he has greatly wronged, who will plead for him. If the mother is alive she will always come, and she cannot help feeling that the case in which she is so concerned is peculiar, that in this case a pardon should be granted. It was really heartrending to have to see the kinfolk and friends of murderers who were condemned to death, and among the very rare occasions when anything governmental or official caused me to lose sleep were times when I had to listen to some poor mother making a plea for a criminal so wicked, so utterly brutal and depraved, that it would have been a crime on my part to remit his punishment.

Achievement | Business | Duty | Energy | Fortune | Good | Life | Life | Man | Means | Need | Power | Success | Wife | Woman | Business |

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.

Achievement | Business | Duty | Fighting | Kill | Life | Life | Pleasure | Sorrow | Success | Worth | Business | Happiness |

Thomas Jefferson

On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power to them? If so, how many rebellions should we have had already?

Opinion | Question |

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

Call me a “rube” and a “hick,” but I’d lot rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the man who sold it.

Association | Convention | Law | Wrong | Association |