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Quotes of the Day for 10 July 2001 – Laws and Lawyers

Sir William Blackstone was born on this day in 1723. An English jurist and professor of law at Oxford, between 1765 and 1769 he wrote "Commentaries on the Laws of England," which was the first time what we know as English Common Law was codified and is the basis of most law in all English speaking countries to this day. Today's quotes are on the subject of Laws and Lawyers.

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The quotes:

It usually takes a hundred years to make a law, and then, after it has done its work, it usually takes another hundred years to get rid of it.
     - Henry Ward Beecher

Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law.
     - Jean Anouilh

Animals have these advantages over man: They have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
     - Voltaire

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
     - Plato

He saw a lawyer killing a viper
On a dunghill hard, by his own stable
And the devil smiled, for it put him in mind
Of Cain and his brother, Abel.
     - Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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