A Quote by John Adams on men, law, lawyers, congress, government, and fools

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, two useless men are called a law firm, and three or more become a Congress.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: attributed to one of America's founders, John Adams, in the play 1776

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A Quote by Stephen Elias on lay, litigant, temple, mysteries, ceremonies, dark, complex, lawyers, judges, cabalistic rituals, pretrial, procedures, unfathomable, high priests, priests, and tactical significance

The lay litigant enters a temple of mysteries whose ceremonies are dark, complex and unfathomable. Pretrial procedures are the cabalistic rituals of the lawyers and judges who serve as priests and high priests. The layman knows nothing of their tactical significance. He knows only that his case remains in limbo while the priests and high priests chant their length and arcane pretrial rites.

Stephen Elias

Source: Daley v. County of Butte, 227 Cal. App 2d 380, 392 (1964);Legal research By Stephen Elias, Susan Levinkind, Richard Stim

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A Quote by Jimmy Carter on law, justice, lawyers, judges, liberty, respect, and jimmy carter

“The law is not the private property of lawyers, nor is justice the exclusive province of judges and juries. In the final analysis, true justice is not a matter of courts and law books, but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect.”

Jimmy Carter (1924 -)


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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on contempt, danger, disobedience, lawyers, and vices

Winston Churchill, for his part, regarded Gandhi with not a little contempt, describing the 'Mahatma' as a dangerous charlatan: "It is alarming and also nauseating to see Mr. Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the East, striding half-naked up the steps of the Vice regal palace, while he is still organising and conducting a campaign of civil disobedience, to parley on equal terms with the representative of King-Emperor."

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: speech to the West Essex Conservatives, February 23, 1930

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on lawyers


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

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: King Henry VI, Part II, Act IV, scene ii.

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A Quote by William Congreve on atheism, lawyers, poets, and women

Turn pimp, flatterer, quack, lawyer, parson, be chaplain to an atheist, or stallion to an old woman, anything but a poet; for a poet is worse, more servile, timorous and fawning than any I have named.

William Congreve (1670 - 1729)

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A Quote by unknown on lawyers


A lawyer is someone willing to spend every cent you own to prove he's right.


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A Quote by unknown on lawyers and needs

If it weren't for lawyers, we wouldn't need them.


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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on anger, country, growth, laws, lawyers, learning, lies, spirit, and talent

The great lawyer who employs his talent and his learning in the highly emunerative task of enabling a very wealthy client to override or circumvent the law is doing all that in him lies to encourage the growth in the country of a spirit of dumb anger against all laws and of disbelief in their efficacy.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Thelma Ritter on birth, fatherhood, innocence, judgment, justice, lawyers, love, neighbors, and trouble

Stella: I got a nose for trouble. I can smell it ten miles away. . . . I can smell trouble right here in this apartment. First you smash your leg. Then you get to lookin' out the window. See things you shouldn't see. Trouble. I can see you in court now, surrounded by a bunch of lawyers in double-breasted suits. You're pleading: 'Judge, it was only a little bit of innocent fun. I love my neighbors like a father.' And the Judge says, 'Well, congratulations, you've just given birth to three years in. . . .'

Thelma Ritter (19 -)

Source: As Stella speaking to Jeff (Jimmy Stewart) in Rear Window

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