One threatens the innocent who spares the guilty.
Let us now peruse our ancient authors, for out of the old fields must come the new corn.
No man can be a compleat Lawyer by universalitie of knowledge without experience in particular cases, nor by bare experience without universalitie of knowledge; he must be both speculative & active, for the science of the laws, I assure you, must joyne hands with experience.
There is no jewel in the world comparable to learning; no learning so excellent both for Prince and subject, as knowledge of laws; and no knowledge of any laws so necessary for all estates and for all causes, concerning goods, lands or life, as the common laws of England.
For a man's house is his castle.
He is not cheated who knows he is being cheated.
Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reasonThe law, which is perfection of reason.
The law of the realm cannot be changed but by Parliament.
The Common lawes of the Realme should by no means be delayed for the law is the surest sanctuary, that a man should take, and the strongest fortresse to protect the weakest of all, lex et tutissima cassis.
A word must become a friend or you will not understand it. Perhaps you do well to be cool and detached when you are seeking information, but I remind you of the wife who complained, 'When I ask John if he loves me, he thinks I am asking for information'.
The house of every one is to him as his castle.
We should speak as the populace but think as the learned.
The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose.
Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.
Six hours in sleep, in law's grave study six,Four spend in prayer, the rest on Nature fix.
Corporations cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicated, for they have no souls.
Law is the safest helmet.
Every libel, which is called famosus libellus, is made either against a private man, or against a public person. If it be against a private man, it deserves a severe punishment.
There is no jewel in the world comparable to learning; no learning so excellent as knowledge of laws.
It is a fiction, a shade, a nonentity, but a reality for legal purposes. A corporation aggregate is only in abstractoit is invisible, immortal, and rests only in intendment and consideration of the law.
Those who consent to the act and those who do it shall be equally punished.
Trial by jury is a wise distribution of power which exceeds all other modes of trial.
Everyone thirsteth after gaine.
A thing which is not in esse but in apparent expectancy is regarded in law.
There must have been good grounds for belief in witchcraft; otherwise Parliament would not have legislated against it.
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