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


  • Do not your juries give their verdict
  • As if they felt the cause, not heard it.
  • Butler.

  • The hungry judges soon the sentence sign,
  • And wretches hang, that jurymen may dine.
  • Pope.

  • The jury, passing on the prisoner’s life,
  • May, in the sworn twelve, have a thief or two
  • Guiltier than him they try.
  • Shakespeare.

    In my mind he was guilty of no error, he was chargeable with no exaggeration, he was betrayed by his fancy into no metaphor, who once said, that all we see about us, Kings, Lords, and Commons, the whole machinery of the state, all the apparatus of the system, and its varied workings, end in simply bringing twelve good men into a box.

    Lord Brougham.