A Quote by Charles Macklin on history, justice, laws, people, science, uncertainty, and words

The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science, that smiles in yer face while it picks yer pocket; and the glorious uncertainty of it is of mair use to the professors than the justice of it. Hocus was an old cunning attorney. - Dr. John Arbuthnot, History of John Bull, 1712. The words of consecration, "Hoc est corpus," were travestied into a nickname for jugglery, as "Hocus-pocus." - John Richard Green, A Short History of the English People, 1874.

Charles Macklin (1697 - 1797)

Source: Love à la Mode. Act ii. Sc. 1.

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