Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


I speak to your shame.—Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? but brother goeth to law with brother.
1 Corinthians, Chap. vi. Verses 5, 6.

1.But is this law?
2.Ay, marry is’t; crowner’s quest law.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act V. Scene 1. (The Clowns, who are about to dig Ophelia’s grave.)

Thou art the worm and maggot of the law, bred in the bruised and rotten parts, and now are nourished in the same corruption that produced thee.
Farquhar.—The Twin Rivals, Act IV.

To be my lord, study the law.
The mighty Julius pleading at the bar,
Was greater than when thundering in the war.
He conquer’d nations: ’tis of more renown
To save a client than to storm a town.
Lansdowne.—Beauty and Law.

Law is a bottomless pit; it is a cormorant—a harpy that devours everything.
Swift.—History of John Bull, Ch. VI. (Roscoe’s ed. of his life.)