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Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke. ...
by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Related topics: Legal

Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

You make me chuckle when you say that you are no longer young,
that you have turned twenty-four.
A man is or may be young to after sixty,
and not old before eighty.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

As life is action and passion, it is required of a
man that he should share the passion and action of his time,
at the peril of being not to have lived.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 

The great act of faith is when a man decides he is not God.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful
and hopeful than to be 40 years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run,
and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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It seems to me that at this time we need education
in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days,
no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to
check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Certitude is not the test of certainty.
We have been cocksure of many things that were not so.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I despise making the most of one's time.
Half of the pleasures of life consist of the opportunities one has neglected.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Don't be 'consistent,' but be simply true.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Man's mind, stretched by a new idea,
never goes back to its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are,
but in what direction we are moving.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

I have no respect for the passion of equality,
which seems to me merely idealizing envy.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

People talk fundamentals and superlatives and then
make some changes of detail.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Young man, the secret of my success is that an early
age I discovered that I was not God.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment
and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

On the whole, I am on the side of the unregenerate
who affirms the worth of life as an end in itself,
as against the saints who deny it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Carve every word before you let it fall.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Men must turn square corners when they deal with the Government.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye.
The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Life is an end in itself, and the only question as
to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

To be seventy years young is sometimes for more cheerful
and hopeful than to be forty years old.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Life is action and passion; therefore,
it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time,
at peril of being judged not to have lived.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Nothing is so commonplace has the wish to be remarkable.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason
than that our fathers have done them or our neighbors do them,
and the same is true of a larger part than what we
suspect of what we think.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged;
it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly
in color and content according to the circumstances
and time in which it is used.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

All the libel lawyers will tell you there's no libel any more,
that everyone's given up.
- Ian Hislop

Unfortunately, what many people forget is that judges
are just lawyers in robes.
- Tammy Bruce

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.
- Charles Lamb

Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.
- Jeremy Bentham

99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
- Anonymous

To some lawyers, all facts are created equal.
- Felix Frankfurter

As for lawyers, it's more fun to play one than to be one.
- Sam Waterston

Lawyers are the first refuge of the incompetent.
- Aaron Allston

I wouldn't pretend to tell you we don't pay our lawyers well.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

As a rule lawyers tend to want to do whatever they can to win.
- Bill Williams

Discourage litigation.
Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.
As a peacemaker the lawyer has
superior opportunity of being a good man.
There will still be business enough.
- Abraham Lincoln

Doctors are just the same as lawyers;
the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you,
whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.
- Anton Chekhov

The trouble with law is lawyers.
- Clarence Darrow

People do not win people fights.
Lawyers do.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

The only people who benefit from lawsuits are lawyers.
I think we made a couple of them rich.
- Gavin Rossdale

It costs a lot to sue a magazine, and it's too bad
that we don't have a system where the losing team has
to pay the winning team's lawyers.
- Carol Burnett

If the laws could speak for themselves,
they would complain of the lawyers in the first place.
- Lord Halifax

People are getting smarter nowadays;
they are letting lawyers,
instead of their conscience, be their guide.
- Will Rogers

We are led by lawyers who do not understand either
technology or balance sheets.
- Thomas Friedman

Cagey trial lawyers have figured out there's a pretty
good likelihood their case -
no matter what its merit -
will literally get its day in court because of favorable judges.
- Dennis Hastert

Lawyers should not be charged with the same crimes as their clients.
Trials related to political charges are not in accordance with human rights.
- Shirin Ebadi

The only difference between doctors and lawyers is
that lawyers merely rob you,
whereas doctors rob you and kill you,
too.
- Anton Chekhov

Divorce is a game played by lawyers.
- Cary Grant

I don't sell enough books to pay for the lawyers,
however.
And these various problems finally became too much.
- Peter Sotos

Vicars, MPS and lawyers were amont those who considered
me to be the best hostess in London.
- Cynthia Payne

I come from a profession which has suffered greatly
because of the lack of civility.
Lawyers treat each other poorly and it has come home to haunt them.
The public will not tolerate a lack of civility.
- James E. Rogers

It was really weird, when this thing started,
to hear lawyers and MTV people calling me and actually saying 'ButtHead.'
People tried to avoid it too.
- Mike Judge

Marriage is really tough because you have to deal with feelings...
and lawyers.
- Richard Pryor

I was trained to be an actor, not a star.
I was trained to play roles, not to deal with fame
and agents and lawyers and the press.
- Gene Hackman

The south produced statesmen and soldiers,
planters and doctors and lawyers and poets,
but certainly no engineers and mechanics.
Let Yankees adopt such low callings.
- Margaret Mitchell

Actually lowering the cost of insurance would be accomplished
by such things as making it harder for lawyers to win
frivolous lawsuits against insurance companies.
- Thomas Sowell

I think the lawyers are such incredible actors.
Can you imagine the performance they have to do every day?
- Monica Bellucci

Our lawyers had their chat with the Supreme Court Justice,
and promised to repast the chat to other members of
the Supreme Court to find out whether they wanted to hear us out.
- Dashiell Hammett

Lawyers are like rhinoceroses: thick skinned,
short-sighted, and always ready to charge.
- David Mellor

Drugs are in every walk of life - doctors,
lawyers, preachers, the guy who works for IBM,
teenagers on the street, teenagers in school.
- Smokey Robinson


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