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  • "In any business model you need someone to sue. That’s the American way."
    Bill Weinberg, US software pioneer
    Source: Quoted in “UpFRONT,” Linux Journal (November 2000)
  • "When the meek inherit the Earth, lawyers will be there to work out the deal."
    Sam Ewing (19202001), US author
    Source: Quoted in the Wall Street Journal (May 22, 1997)
  • "Lawyers are like rhinoceroses: thick-skinned, short-sighted, and always ready to charge."
    David Mellor (1949–), British politician and broadcaster
    Source: Question Time, BBC TV (December 3, 1992)
  • "Trying to control corporate power and abuse by American corporate law has proven about as effective as drinking coffee with a fork."
    Ralph Nader (1934–), US lawyer, consumer-rights campaigner, and presidential candidate
    Source: Quoted in The Times (London) (October 23, 1976)
  • "Nothing is illegal if 100 businessmen decide to do it."
    Andrew Jackson Young, Jr (1932–), US diplomat and civil rights advocate
    Source: Press conference (1976)
  • "No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, and relatively clean finger nails."
    Sir John Mortimer (19232009), British lawyer, dramatist, and writer
    Source: A Voyage Round My Father (1970)
  • "You might as well try to employ a boa constrictor as a tape-measure as to go to a lawyer for legal advice."
    Oliver St. John Gogarty (18781957), Irish poet and novelist
    Source: Tumbling in the Hay (1939)
  • "There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets truth."
    Jean Giraudoux (18821944), French diplomat, novelist, and playwright
    Source: Tiger at the Gates (1935)
  • "As in law so in war, the longest purse finally wins."
    Mahatma Gandhi (18691948), Indian nationalist leader and philosopher
    Source: Lecture to the Bombay Provincial Conference (September 17, 1917)
  • "A community that endures a contemptible law is itself contemptible."
    Alfred G. Stephens (18651933), Australian journalist and literary critic
    Source: Bookfellow (March 1, 1912)
  • "Lawyer, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law."
    Ambrose Bierce (18421914?), US journalist and writer
    Source: The Devil's Dictionary (1911)
  • "Laws are like spider's webs: if some poor weak creature come up against them, it is caught; but a bigger one can break through and get away."
    Solon (638?559? bc), Athenian statesman, legislator, and poet
    Source: Quoted in “Solon,” Parallel Lives (Plutarch, 1st century ad)
  • "Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished."
    Jeremy Bentham (17481832), British philosopher, economist, and jurist
    Source: Attributed

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