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Jean de La Bruyère

When it is our duty to do an act of justice it should be done promptly. To delay is injustice.

Character | Delay | Duty | Injustice | Injustice | Justice |

Publius Syrus

Nothing is benefited by delay except anger.

Anger | Character | Delay | Nothing |

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 |

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, fully Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, Lord Lytton

Oratory, like drama, abhors lengthiness; like the drama, it must keep doing. It avoids, as frigid, prolonged metaphysical soliloquy. Beauties themselves, if they delay or distract the effect which should be produced on the audience, become blemishes.

Delay | Oratory | Wisdom |

Samuel Butler

Our latest moment is always our supreme moment. Five minutes delay in dinner now is more important that a great sorrow ten years gone.

Delay | Important | Sorrow | Wisdom |

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 |

William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

No man’s spirits were ever hurt by doing his duty; on the contrary, one good action, one temptation resisted and overcome, one sacrifice of desire or interest, purely for conscience’ sake, will prove a cordial for weak and low spirits, far beyond what either indulgence or diversion or company can do for them.

Action | Conscience | Desire | Diversion | Duty | Good | Indulgence | Man | Sacrifice | Temptation | Will | Wisdom | Temptation |

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 |

Blaise Pascal

If our condition were truly happy, we would not need diversion from thinking of it in order to make ourselves happy.

Diversion | Happy | Need | Order | Thinking |

John Cage, fully John Milton Cage, Jr.

Food, one assumes, provides nourishment; but Americans eat it fully aware that small amounts of poison have been added to improve its appearance and delay its putrefaction.

Appearance | Delay |

M. Scott Peck, fully Morgan Scott Peck

To be organized and efficiently, to live wisely, we must daily delay gratification and keep an eye on the future; yet to live joyously we must also possess the capacity, when it is not destructive, to live in the present and act spontaneously.

Capacity | Delay | Future | Present |

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let no one when young delay to study philosophy, nor when he is old grow weary of his study. For no one can come too early or too late to secure the health of his soul.

Delay | Health | Philosophy | Soul | Study | Old |

Spanish Proverbs

One lawyer makes work for another.

Work |

Ted Sorensen, fully Theodore Chalkin "Ted" Sorensen

In the White House, the future rapidly becomes the past; and delay is itself a decision.

Decision | Delay | Future | Past |