One threatens the innocent who spares the guilty.
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 Law ... is perfection of reason.
He is not cheated who knows he is being cheated.
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 law of the realm cannot be changed but by Parliament.
Let us now peruse our ancient authors, for out of the old fields must come the new corn.
The King himself should be under no man, but under God and the Law.
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 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.
The house of every one is to him as his castle.
The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose.
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.
For a man's house is his castle.
Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.
For a man's house is his castle, et domus sua cuique tutissimum refugium [and one's home is the safest refuge to everyone].
Fraud and deceit abound in these days more than in former times.
Trial by jury is a wise distribution of power which exceeds all other modes of trial.
Precaution is better than a cure.
It is better, saith the law, to suffer a mischief that is peculiar to one, than an inconvenience that may prejudice many.
Corporations cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicated, for they have no souls.
We should speak as the populace but think as the learned.
You should trust any man in his own art provided he is skilled in it.
Force ought to follow justice and not to precede.
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