Quotes with lawyer
The power of the lawyer is in the uncertainty of the law.
Lawyer, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law.
The Devil's Dictionary.
A lawyer starts life giving $500 worth of law for $5, and ends giving $5 worth for $500.
A lawyer is a learned gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies and keeps it himself.
It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.
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.
A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
The function of the lawyer is to preserve a sceptical relativism in a society hell-bent for absolutes. The worse the society, the more law there will be. In Hell there will be nothing but law and due process will be meticulously observed.
The Ages of American Law (1977)
The function of the lawyer is to preserve a skeptical relativism in a society hell-bent for absolutes. The worse the society, the more law there will be. In Hell there will be nothing but law and due process will be meticulously observed.
The Ages of American Law (1977)
There is no better way to exercise the imagination than the study of the law. No artist ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
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.
My decision to become a lawyer was irrevocably sealed when I realized my father hated the legal profession.
Were we to act but in cases where no contrary opinion of a lawyer can be had, we should never act.
I think we may class the lawyer in the natural history of monsters.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
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.
If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.
Lawyer -- One who protects us against robbers by taking away the temptation.
A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949)
Lawyer: One who protects us from robbers by taking away the temptation.
I don't want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do; I hire him to tell me how to do what I want to do.
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.
A common and not necessarily apocryphal example portrays a solo practitioner starved for business in a small town. A second lawyer then arrives, and they both prosper.
In the Interests of Justice: Reforming the Legal Profession
I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money.
The minute you read something that you can't understand, you can almost be sure it was drawn up by a lawyer.
I don't think you can make a lawyer honest by an act of legislature. You've got to work on his conscience. And his lack of conscience is what makes him a lawyer.
The minute you read something that you can't understand, you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer.
A man who never graduated from school might steal from a freight car. But a man who attends college and graduates as a lawyer might steal the whole railroad.
Attempting to persuade his son to become a lawyer.
The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.
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.
What are lawyers really? To me a lawyer is basically the person that knows the rules of the country. We're all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our pieces around the board, but if there's a problem, the lawyer is the only person that has actually read the inside of the top of the box.
I think probably the most fun thing a lawyer can do is say, "Objection". "Objection! Objection, Your Honor!" Objection, of course, is the adult version of " 'fraid not!" To which the judge can say two things. He can say, "Overruled", which is the adult version of " 'fraid so". Or he can say "Sustained", which is the adult version of "Duh."
Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.
I believe you keep a lawyer. I have always kept a lawyer, too, though I have never made anything out of him. It is a service to an author to have a lawyer. There is something so disagreeable in having a personal contact with a publisher. So it is better to work through a lawyer--and lose your case.
Mark Twains Speeches, "Author's Club"
Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.
He who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.
If you don’t get a lawyer who knows law then get the one who knows the Judge!