Robert Christy, comp. Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages. 1887.


A captain and a lawyer are rare guests in heaven.German.

A good lawyer is an evil neighbor.

A hungry man discovers more than a hundred lawyers.Spanish.

A lawyer and a cart-wheel must be greased.German.

A lawyer is a learned gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies and keeps it to himself.Brougham.

A lawyer is an odd sort of a fish, first rotten, then green, then ripe.

A lawyer, that entangles all men’s honesties
And lives like a spider in a cobweb lurking,
And catching at all flies that pass his pitfalls.Fletcher.

A lawyer without cunning, a peasant without manure, a merchant without gold, remain poor.German.

A peasant between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.Catalan.

A wise lawyer never goes to law himself.

An old physician and a young lawyer.

Fair and softly as lawyers go to heaven.

Fools and obstinate men make lawyers rich.

Fools and the perverse, fill the lawyer’s purse.Spanish, German.

From confessors, doctors and lawyers, do not conceal the truth of your cause.French.

Go not for every grief to the physician, for every quarrel to the lawyer, nor for every thirst to the pot.

God grant that disputes may arise that I may live. (Lawyer’s prayer.)Spanish.

Good counsellors lack no clients.Shakespeare.

Good lawyers, bad neighbors.

Go not to your doctor for every ail,
Nor to your lawyer for every quarrel,
Nor to your pitcher for every thirst.

He is a bad lawyer that drinks only water.German.

Hide not the truth from your confessor, your doctor or your lawyer.Italian.

I know you lawyers can with ease,
Twist words and meanings as you please.

It is an ill cause that the lawyer thinks shame o’.

It’s aye the cheapest lawyer’s fee to taste the barrel.Burns.

Lawsuits make the parties lean, the lawyers fat.German.

Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black.Danish.

Lawyers and soldiers are the devil’s playfellows.

Lawyers are bad Christians.German.

Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.Martial.

Lawyers don’t stick at trifles.Kelley.

Lawyers’ houses are built of fools’ heads.French.

Lawyers’ robes are lined with the obstinacy of suitors.Italian.

Lawyers strive mightily in court, then eat and drink as friends.

Lawyers will live so long as mine and thine exist.German.

No good lawyer ever goes to law himself.Italian.

Nothing is the breath of an unfeed lawyer.

Of three things the devil makes a salad; lawyers’ tongues, notaries’ fingers, and the third shall be nameless.Italian.

One may steal nothing but a lawyer’s purse.French.

One must knock at a lawyer’s door with an iron hammer.German.

Plenty of words when the cause is lost.French.

Put a lawyer on your horse and he’ll soon drive you to the devil.Punch.

The better lawyer, the worse Christian.Dutch.

“The case is altered,” quoth Plowden. (Plowden was a lawyer who gave an opinion to a client, and when he found that he himself was the wrong-doer, used this expression.)

The Isle of Wight hath no monks, lawyers or foxes.

The king can make a sergeant, but not a lawyer.

The lawyer can direct the matter as he will when it does not lie before his own door.German.

The lawyer dreams his life long of quarrels and contentions.German.

The lawyer has long day’s work.

The lawyer with a face demure, hangs him who steals your pelf,
Because the good man endures no robber but himself.Fielding.

The lawyer’s pouch is a mouth of hell.French.

The lawyer’s vocation is to make the worse appear the better reason.

The lives of doctors, the souls of priests and the property of lawyers are in great danger.Italian.

The more lawyers the more processes (suits).German.

The nobleman fleeces the peasant, and the lawyer the nobleman.German.

“The suit is ended,” said the lawyer; “neither party has anything left.”German.

The wise man seeketh the lawyer early; i.e., before his rights are lost.A. Lipscomb.

Until hell is full no lawyer will be saved.French.

“Virtue in the middle,” said the devil when seated between two lawyers.Danish.

War, hunting and law are as full of trouble as pleasure.

We think lawyers to be wise men and they us to be fools.

When the lawyer acts according to his conscience the blind man will believe what his eyes see.German.

Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have stolen away the key of knowledge.New Testament.