Great Quotes! (about lawyers & the law)

Posted by Selby LighthillMar 24, 20220 Comments

"The remedy for speech that is false is speech that is true. This is the ordinary course in a free society. The response to the unreasonable is the rational. To the uninformed, the enlightened. to the straight-out lie, the simple truth."
- Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

“My client may deserve serious punishment, but first prove that's the case. And remember at all times that he's a human being, which means he must be treated with minimum standards of decency because doing so redeems not only him but you.”
- Scott Turow

“A lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.”
- Thomas Jefferson

“When I'm sometimes asked when will there be enough women on the Supreme Court and I say, 'When there are 9,' people are shocked. But there'd been 9 men, and nobody's ever raised a question about that.”
- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“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 is a problem the lawyer is the only person who has read the inside of the top of the box.”
- Jerry Seinfeld

“The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the [person] of every calling, is diligence.”
- Abraham Lincoln

“I busted a mirror and got 7 years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me 5.”
- Stephen Wright

“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don't you let 'em get your goat. Try fighting' with your head for a change.”
- Harper Lee

“The main business of a lawyer is to take the romance, the mystery, the irony, the ambiguity out of everything [s]he touches.”
- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

“Be sure to put your feet in the right place, and then stand firm.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a ‘brief.'”
- Franz Kafka

“A jury consists of 12 persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.”
- Robert Frost

“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions."
- Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

“A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.”
- H. L. Mencken

“The study of law can be disappointing at times, a matter of applying narrow rules and arcane procedure to an uncooperative reality; a sort of glorified accounting that serves to regulate the affairs of those who have power—and that all too often seeks to explain, to those who do not, the ultimate wisdom and justness of their condition. But that's not all the law is. The law is also memory; the law also records a long-running conversation, a nation arguing with its conscience.”
- Barack Obama