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.
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.
For a man's house is his castle.
He is not cheated who knows he is being cheated.
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.
The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose.
The law of the realm cannot be changed but by Parliament.
Six hours in sleep, in law's grave study six,Four spend in prayer, the rest on Nature fix.
Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reasonThe law, which is perfection of reason.
We should speak as the populace but think as the learned.
Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.
Corporations cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicated, for they have no souls.
None shall take advantage of his own wrong.
Fraud and deceit abound in these days more than in former times.
The Law ... is perfection of reason.
In the meane time know this, that the learning of warranties is one of the most curious and cunning learnings of the law, and of great use and consequence.
So as grave and learned men may doubt, without any imputation to them; for the most learned doubteth most, and the more ignorant for the most part are the more bold and peremptory.
There be three kinds of unhappie men. 1. Qui scit & non docet, Hee that hath knowledge and teacheth not. 2. Qui docet & non vivit, He that teacheth, and liveth not thereafter. 3. Qui nescit, & non interrogat, He that knoweth not, and doth not enquire to understand.
It is better, saith the law, to suffer a mischief that is peculiar to one, than an inconvenience that may prejudice many.
And the law, that is the perfection of reason, cannot suffer anything that is inconvenient.
The law compells no man to impossible things. The argument ab impossibili is forcible in law.
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