Thinking Citizen Blog — What Are the Nine Best Legal Quotes of All Time? Who Cares? Who Should? Why?
Thinking Citizen Blog — Saturday is the Justice Freedom, Law, and Values Day — the Nine Greatest Supreme Court Justices
Today’s Topic: What Are the Nine Best Legal Quotes of All Time? Who Cares? Who Should? Why?
The law matters. But what is most worth remembering about it? Who said it best? My strong belief is that the best things ever said about the most important things in life should be memorized as early as possible in elementary school. They should be discussed in homes, schools, and communities because their deep meaning is often complex — sort of like little Russian dolls, a fractal drawing, or a hologram. Today, a list of nine candidates gleaned from a little web and memory surfing. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
MY TOP THREE — WHAT ARE YOURS?
1. The more laws, the less justice. (Cicero)
2. The little thieves they put in prison, the big thieves they appoint to public office. (Aesop)
3. Live your life as if your every act would become a universal law. (Kant)
MY NEXT THREE
1. “The law is the public conscience.” (Hobbes)
2. “A jury is a group of 12 persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.” (Frost)
3. “The young man knows the rules, the old man knows the exceptions.” (Holmes)
1. “A judge is a law student that marks his own examination papers.” (Mencken)
2. “The law is also memory. The law also records a long-running conversation, a nation arguing with its conscience.” (Obama)
3. “The leading rule for the lawyer, as for any other calling, is diligence.” (Lincoln)
For the last four years of posts organized by theme:
Please share the coolest thing you learned in the last week related to justice, freedom, the law or basic values. Or the coolest, most important thing you learned in your life related to justice, freedom, the law, or basic values. Or just some random justice-related fact that blew you away.
This is your chance to make some one’s day. Or to cement in your mind something that you might otherwise forget. Or to think more deeply about something dear to your heart.