Selected Quotes about Lawyers

A lawyer's dream of Heaven: Every man reclaimed his own property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers. -- Samuel Butler

The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It would be as wise to set up an accomplished lawyer to saw wood as a business as to condemn an educated and sensible woman to spend all her time boiling potatoes and patching old garments. Yet this is the lot of many a one who incessantly stitches and boils and bakes, compelled to thrust back out of sight the aspirations which fill her soul. -- Sarah Grimke

[A] lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools. -- Thomas Jefferson

The momentum of his utterances must be greater than any which his personal reputation and character can command. -- Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.

A lawyer is never entirely comfortable with a friendly divorce, anymore than a good mortician wants to finish his job and then have the patient sit up on the table. -- Jean Kerr

The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day. -- Abraham Lincoln

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

The good lawyer is the great salesman. -- Janet Reno

A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect. -- Sir Walter Scott

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. -- William Shakespeare

The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency. -- Henry David Thoreau

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