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


The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.


The plainest case in many words entangling.


Here the fell attorney prowls for prey.

Dr. Johnson.

It is a secret worth knowing that lawyers rarely go to law.

Moses Crowell.

  • A justice with grave justices shall sit;
  • He praise their wisdom, they admire his wit.
  • Gay.

    To succeed as a lawyer, a man must work like a horse and live like a hermit.

    Lord Eldon.

    As adversaries in law, strive mightily; but eat and drink as friends.


  • A lawyer’s dealings should be just and fair;
  • Honesty shines with great advantage there.
  • Cowper.

    Our wrangling lawyers***are so litigious and busy here on earth, that I think they will plead their clients’ causes hereafter, some of them in hell.


    As to lawyers,—their profession is supported by the indiscriminate defence of right and wrong.


    A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.


    Every man should know something of law; if he knows enough to keep out of it, he is a pretty good lawyer.

    H. W. Shaw.

  • I oft have heard him say how he admir’d
  • Men of your large profession, that could speak
  • To every cause, and things mere contraries,
  • Till they were hoarse again, yet all be law.
  • Ben Jonson.

  • I know you lawyers can with ease,
  • Twist your words and meanings as you please;
  • That language, by your skill made pliant,
  • Will bend to favor every client;
  • That ’tis the fee directs the sense,
  • To make out either side’s pretence.
  • Gay.

    Lawsuits generally originate with the obstinate and the ignorant, but they do not end with them; and that lawyer was right who left all his money to the support of an asylum for fools and lunatics, saying that from such he got it, and to such he would bequeath it.

    Jeremy Bentham.

    An eminent lawyer cannot be a dishonest man. Tell me a man is dishonest, and I will answer he is no lawyer. He cannot be, because he is careless and reckless of justice; the law is not in his heart, is not the standard and rule of his conduct.

    Daniel Webster.