C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


A good judge decides fairly, preferring equity to strict law.

Law Maxim.

In all things, but particularly in the law, there is equity.

Law Maxim.

All things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them.


Equity is a roguish thing: for law we have a measure, know what to trust to; equity is according to the conscience of him that is chancellor, and as that is larger or narrower, so is equity. ’Tis all one as if they should make the standard for the measure we call a foot a chancellor’s foot; what an uncertain measure would this be! One chancellor has a long foot, another a short foot, a third an indifferent foot. ’Tis the same in the chancellor’s conscience.