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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.


Cessante causa, cessat et effectus—When the cause is removed, the effect must cease also.

Corporations cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed nor excommunicated, for they have no souls.

De non apparentibus, et non existentibus, eadem est ratio—Things which do not appear are to be treated as the same as those which do not exist.

Domus sua cuique tutissimum refugium—The safest place of refuge for every man is his own home.

Ex malis moribus bonæ leges natæ sunt—From bad manners good laws have sprung.

Furiosus absentis loco est—A madman is treated as one absent.

Impunitas semper ad deteriora invitat—Impunity always tempts to still worse crimes.

Iniquum est aliquem rei sui esse judicem—It is unjust that any one should be judge in his own cause.

Judex non potest esse testis in propria causa—A judge cannot be a witness in his own cause.

Lex citius tolerare vult privatum damnum quam publicum malum—The law will sooner tolerate a private loss than a public evil.

Loquendum ut vulgus, sentiendum ut docti—We should speak as the populace, think as the learned.

Minatur innocentibus qui parcit nocentibus—He threatens the innocent who spares the guilty.

Multi multa, nemo omnia novit—Many know many things, no one everything.

Multitudinem decem faciunt—Ten constitute a crowd.

Nihil simul inventum est et perfectum—Nothing is invented and brought to perfection all at once.

Qui facit per alium facit per se—He who does a thing by another does it himself.

Ratio et auctoritas, duo Clarissima mundi lumina—Reason and authority, the two brightest luminaries of the world.

Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason.

Sex horas somno, totidem des legibus æquis: / Quatuor orabis, des epulisque duas. / Quod superest ultra, sacris largire Camenis—Give six hours to sleep, as many to the study of law; four hours you shall pray, and two give to meals: what is over devote to the sacred Muses.

Si antiquitatem spectes, est vetustissima; si dignitatem, est honoratissima; si jurisdictionem, est capacissima—If you consider its antiquity, it is most ancient; if its dignity, it is most honourable; if its jurisdiction, it is most extensive.Of the English House of Commons.

Syllables govern the world.

Via trita est tutissima—The beaten path is the safest.