Quotes and Sayings about Lawyers



"It has something to do with the facts and the law and who the judges are. So I think lawyers sometimes exaggerate their role in winning and losing. Lawyers do have a role, and a major role, but they're not the only players in this game."
- Floyd Abrams
(Related: Winning, Facts, Judges, Law, Lawyers, Losing)

"Lawyers are the first refuge of the incompetent."
- Aaron Allston
(Related: First, Lawyers)

"We like to engage in a normal publishing effort, which is to act in a responsible manner and make sure the material is not likely to harm anyone, that it is properly investigated by quality news organizations, and by lawyers and human rights groups and so on."
- Julian Assange
(Related: Quality, Act, Effort, Rights, Harm, Human rights, Lawyers, News, Publishing)

"People do not win people fights. Lawyers do."
- Norman Ralph Augustine
(Related: People, Lawyers)

"How I Love Lucy was born? We decided that instead of divorce lawyers profiting from our mistakes, we'd profit from them."
- Lucille Ball
(Related: Love, Divorce, Lawyers, Mistakes, Profit)

"I met with my lawyers. They gave me all the wrong advice. For a long time I refused to accept the child was mine. I should have met her, arranged a DNA test and accepted my responsibility."
- Boris Becker
(Related: Time, Advice, Lawyers, Responsibility, Wrong)

"I think the lawyers are such incredible actors. Can you imagine the performance they have to do every day?"
- Monica Bellucci
(Related: Performance, Actors, Day, Lawyers)

"Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished."
- Jeremy Bentham
(Related: Ignorance, Law, Lawyers)

"With all due respect to lawyers, it's wonderful that you have this intricate knowledge. You break down words to the nth degree. And sometimes I find it rather disgusting. And it goes on and on."
- Sonny Bono
(Related: Knowledge, Lawyers, Respect, Words)

"Iowa is home to teachers, farmers, lawyers, factory workers, and many others who work hard every day to provide the best for their families and their future."
- Leonard Boswell
(Related: Home, Work, Day, Future, Lawyers, Teachers, Workers)

"Blues is a natural fact, is something that a fellow lives. If you don't live it you don't have it. Young people have forgotten to cry the blues. Now they talk and get lawyers and things."
- Big Bill Broonzy
(Related: People, Fact, Lawyers, Now, Talk)

"Unfortunately, what many people forget is that judges are just lawyers in robes."
- Tammy Bruce
(Related: People, Forget, Judges, Lawyers)

"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
(Related: Winning, Lawyers, Losing)

"My father and his brothers were all lawyers, so I think that the expectation was probably for me to grow up to be an attorney, but it never really fascinated me that much. I was more interested in building things."
- Steve Case
(Related: Father, Brothers, Building, Expectation, Lawyers)

"A lot of lawyers are set to tell me that it's not my fault I like to eat."
- Neil Cavuto
(Related: Fault, Lawyers)

"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
(Related: Difference, Doctors, Lawyers)

"The only difference between doctors and lawyers is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you, too."
- Anton Chekhov
(Related: Difference, Doctors, Lawyers)

"Doctors are the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too."
- Anton Chekhov
(Related: Difference, Doctors, Lawyers)

"Our first concern is the security of the lawyers because without security you can't possibly have a fair trial, if trial at all, and that's not been adequately attended to."
- Ramsey Clark
(Related: Concern, First, Lawyers, Security)

"Now record companies are run by lawyers and accountants. The shift from the one to the other was definitely related to when the takes started to get big."
- David Crosby
(Related: Lawyers, Now)

"Man, I just feel blessed... I was in a situation where the only way I could come out of it was by putting my faith in God. No matter how good my lawyers were, no matter how much celebrity I had, everything was just stacked up against me."
- Puff Daddy
(Related: Faith, God, Celebrity, Lawyers, Man)

"That's the thing about us lawyers - if at all possible, we will consume each other."
- Christopher Darden
(Related: Lawyers, Will)

"The only real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trial lawyers try cases to juries."
- Clarence Darrow
(Related: Lawyers)

"The trouble with law is lawyers."
- Clarence Darrow
(Related: Law, Lawyers, Trouble)

"Of course I've got lawyers. They are like nuclear weapons, I've got em 'cause everyone else has. But as soon as you use them they screw everything up."
- Danny DeVito
(Related: Lawyers, Weapons)

"If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: People, Lawyers)

"Sadly the job security of lawyers has been ruined, so they are less willing to defend political defendants."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: Job, Lawyers, Security)

"Lawyers have a dangerous job in Iran."
- Shirin Ebadi
(Related: Job, Lawyers)

"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
(Related: Clients, Rights, Human rights, Lawyers, Trials)

"We were just a one-room bookstore; we didn't have any money for lawyers."
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti
(Related: Money, Lawyers)

"The Nixon years were trying. They honed my judgment for everything I did later on. The experience also illustrated for me the importance of training young lawyers properly."
- Fred F. Fielding
(Related: Experience, Importance, Judgment, Lawyers, Nixon, Training, Trying, Years)

"There aren't more lady songwriters for the same reason that there aren't more lady doctors or lady accountants or lady lawyers; not enough women have the time for careers."
- Dorothy Fields
(Related: Time, Women, Careers, Doctors, Lady, Lawyers, Reason)

"To some lawyers, all facts are created equal."
- Felix Frankfurter
(Related: Facts, Lawyers)

"A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Cats, Fish, Lawyers)

"We are led by lawyers who do not understand either technology or balance sheets."
- Thomas Friedman
(Related: Technology, Balance, Lawyers)

"That the decision is taken away from the voters, and as in 2000 turned over to the lawyers and the courts."
- John Fund
(Related: Decision, Lawyers)

"I mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers, who set two half proofs equal to a whole one, but in the sense of a mathematician, where half proof = 0, and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible."
- Carl Friedrich Gauss
(Related: Doubt, Lawyers, Proof, Sense, Word)

"We're talking about the lawyers for the United States of America. And I think it's very, very important that the lawyers be comfortable being very candid and open about their views on very sensitive issues affecting the United States."
- Alberto Gonzales
(Related: America, Being, Lawyers, Open, states, Talking, United)

"As a society we're always so quick and able to spend money on lawyers for someone for incarceration, but we don't make the corresponding commitment to the preventative components of it."
- Matt Gonzalez
(Related: Money, Society, Commitment, Lawyers, Quick)

"Divorce is a game played by lawyers."
- Cary Grant
(Related: Divorce, Lawyers)

"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
(Related: Actor, Fame, Lawyers, Play, Press)

"If the laws could speak for themselves, they would complain of the lawyers in the first place."
- Lord Halifax
(Related: First, Laws, Lawyers)

"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
(Related: Court, Justice, Lawyers)

"In the courtroom, it's where a lawyer really becomes an actor. There's a very fine line between delivering a monologue in a play and delivering a monologue to a jury. I've always felt that way - I've been in a lot of courtrooms. The best lawyers are really theatrical."
- Woody Harrelson
(Related: Actor, Jury, Lawyers, Play)

"There has to be some limit to what lawyers can take from their clients. Otherwise, cagey attorneys end up with the lion's share of the settlement and the victims end up with little more than scraps."
- Dennis Hastert
(Related: Clients, End, Lawyers, Victims)

"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
(Related: Court, Day, Judges, Lawyers, Merit, Pretty, Will)

"I retire to make way for an abler man. In my four years as attorney general I have aged about ten years, but when I have get back to the practice of law, I hope to show those lawyers that I still have some vitality left."
- Alexander Henry
(Related: Hope, Law, Lawyers, Man, Practice, Vitality, Years)

"Our record number of teenagers must become our record number of high school and college graduates and our record number of teachers, scientists, doctors, lawyers, and skilled professionals."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: College, Doctors, Lawyers, professionals, School, Scientists, Teachers, Teenagers)

"All the libel lawyers will tell you there's no libel any more, that everyone's given up."
- Ian Hislop
(Related: Lawyers, Will)

"Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Related: Time, Lawyers)

"Lawyers are predators in grey worsted."
- Tom Holt
(Related: Lawyers)

"Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger."
- Horace
(Related: Anger, Men, Lawyers, Words)

"For the year after I left government service, I worked as a consultant to the Republican National Committee because the lawyers advised that was the proper way for me to comply with ethics regulations and continue to advise the President."
- Karen Hughes
(Related: Government, Committee, Ethics, Lawyers, President, Republican, Service)

"The wars of the future will be fought by computer technicians and by lawyers and high-altitude specialists, and that may mean war will be increasingly abstract, hard to think about and hard to control."
- Michael Ignatieff
(Related: War, Control, Computer, Future, Lawyers, May, Will)

"Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business."
- Washington Irving
(Related: Business, Lawyers)

"If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?"
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: People, Body, Congress, Lawyers, Nothing, Present, Question, Talk, Talking, Trade, Yield)

"The only thing I like more than my wife is my money, and I'm not about to lose that to her and her lawyers, that's for damn sure."
- Jon Bon Jovi
(Related: Money, Wife, Lawyers)

"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
(Related: People, Lawyers, Saying)

"The more lawyers there are, the more people are out there to encourage others not to go to law school."
- David E. Kelley
(Related: People, Law, Lawyers, School)

"The question arises whether all lawyers are the same. This is like asking whether everything that gets into a sewer is garbage."
- Florynce R. Kennedy
(Related: Lawyers, Question)

"My greatest reward is knowing for certain, as I do with many other acts and artistes, that without Jonathan King being alive and involved, Genesis would not exist, and the guys would have had careers as intended - as accountants and lawyers!"
- Jonathan King
(Related: Being, Careers, Reward)

"She seemed to mean what she said. She said pretty much this: I retained some lawyers, I have to move on with my life, I am divorcing you, and then she added, I need money."
- Dennis Kozlowski
(Related: Money, Life, Lawyers, Pretty)

"Lawyers know how to take isolated complaints in a divorce case and build them into one big one."
- Hedy Lamarr
(Related: Complaints, Divorce, Lawyers)

"Lawyers, I suppose, were children once."
- Charles Lamb
(Related: Children, Lawyers)

"We have a massive system to regulate creativity. A massive system of lawyers regulating creativity as copyright law has expanded in unrecognizable forms, going from a regulation of publishing to a regulation of copying."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Creativity, Law, Lawyers, Publishing)

"It is unfair to believe everything we hear about lawyers, some of it might not be true."
- Gerald F. Lieberman
(Related: Lawyers)

"We're seeing a much larger ministry here for the general community. Not just Catholics, but others are calling us too. They're not looking for lawyers or suing their grandfathers, but counseling and healing."
- Roger Mahony
(Related: Community, Healing, Lawyers)

"That D.C. grand jury investigation of Abramoff can't go on forever. Eventually the lawyers at the Public Integrity Section will go to their bosses with some decisions about just who they want to indict. That's when Al Gonzales will have to show his cards."
- Joshua Micah Marshall
(Related: Bosses, Cards, Decisions, Integrity, Investigation, Jury, Lawyers, Public, Want, Will)

"I don't know why his lawyers didn't tell him, 'You don't have to answer any questions about your private life, Mr. President. Let them sue you. Take the heat. You don't have to answer.'"
- Chris Matthews
(Related: Life, Lawyers, President, Questions)

"It is a different genre - a show about something other than doctors, lawyers and cops. Teachers are something completely different. I think it makes for very interesting television."
- Chi McBride
(Related: Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Television)

"It took man thousands of years to put words down on paper, and his lawyers still wish he wouldn't."
- Mignon McLaughlin
(Related: Lawyers, Man, Words, Years)

"I'm trying to get the record that I made at my birthday party last year, trying to get that out, and the lawyers are diddling around with it and it probably won't be out until next year. I don't know."
- Marian McPartland
(Related: Birthday, Lawyers, Party, Trying)

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

"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
(Related: Doctors, Lawyers, Poets, Soldiers)

"I've had ample contact with lawyers, and I'm convinced that the only fortune they ever leave is their own."
- Wilson Mizner
(Related: Fortune, Lawyers)

"Lawyers are like beavers: They get in the mainstream and dam it up."
- John Naisbitt
(Related: Lawyers)

"This week I was proud to join with my colleagues to help pass two important, common-sense pieces of legislation that will limit the frivolous lawsuits by trial attorneys and personal injury lawyers that clog our courts and hurt our small businesses."
- Bob Ney
(Related: Help, Hurt, Injury, Lawyers, Legislation, Will)

"In recent years personal injury attorneys and trial lawyers have attacked the food industry with numerous lawsuits alleging that these businesses should pay monetary damages to those who, of their own accord, consume too much of a legal, safe product."
- Bob Ney
(Related: Food, Legal, Injury, Lawyers, Years)

"We got dragged through a system and got burned by crooked lawyers, and the list goes on and on."
- Jerry Only
(Related: Lawyers)

"Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Americans, Democrats, Lawyers, Party, Poor)

"Vicars, MPS and lawyers were amont those who considered me to be the best hostess in London."
- Cynthia Payne
(Related: Lawyers, London)

"There are all these scripts where the women, if they're working, are prostitutes and lawyers with an angry streak who'll kill you. It's a reaction to women leaving their men and men being angry about it and saying it on some subconscious level."
- Parker Posey
(Related: Men, Women, Being, Lawyers, Saying)

"Marriage is really tough because you have to deal with feelings... and lawyers."
- Richard Pryor
(Related: Marriage, Feelings, Lawyers)

"We shouldn't have to be burdened with all the technicalities that come up from time to time with shrewd, smart lawyers interpreting what the laws or what the Constitution may or may not say."
- Dan Quayle
(Related: Time, Constitution, Laws, Lawyers, May)

"Lawyers (are) operators of the toll bridge across which anyone in search of justice has to pass."
- Jane Bryant Quinn
(Related: Justice, Lawyers)

"We are Americans. We - we - we are - we are doctors. We are investment bankers. We are taxi drivers. We are store keepers. We are lawyers. We are - we are part of the fabric of America. And the way that America today treats its Muslims is being watched by over a billion Muslims worldwide."
- Feisal Abdul Rauf
(Related: America, Americans, Being, Doctors, Investment, Lawyers, Today)

"Our home had many books due principally to the educational interests of my sister and two brothers, all of whom where serious students engaged in professional studies; my sister became a doctor of medicine and my brothers became lawyers."
- Frederick Reines
(Related: Home, Sister, Books, Brothers, Lawyers, Medicine, Students)

"I have been surrounded by some of the smartest, brightest, most caring lawyers, by agents who are willing to risk their lives for others, by support staff that are willing to work as hard as they can."
- Janet Reno
(Related: Work, Caring, Lawyers, Risk, Support)

"Despite the generous rewards that state juries dole out, in many cases, victims receive less than 50 cents on the dollar in settlements with the lawyers taking the rest. This is not justice."
- Pat Roberts
(Related: Justice, Lawyers, Rest, State, Victims)

"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
(Related: Life, Doctors, Drugs, Lawyers, School, Teenagers)

"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
(Related: Home, Lawyers, Profession, Public, Will)

"The only way you can beat the lawyers is to die with nothing."
- Will Rogers
(Related: Lawyers, Nothing)

"People are getting smarter nowadays; they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience, be their guide."
- Will Rogers
(Related: People, Conscience, Lawyers)

"The only people who benefit from lawsuits are lawyers. I think we made a couple of them rich."
- Gavin Rossdale
(Related: People, Lawyers)

"Reduce the number of lawyers. They are like beavers - they get in the middle of the stream and dam it up."
- Donald Rumsfeld
(Related: Lawyers)

"If the laws could speak for themselves, they would complain of the lawyers."
- George Savile
(Related: Laws, Lawyers)

"Lawyers enjoy a little mystery, you know. Why, if everybody came forward and told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth straight out, we should all retire to the workhouse."
- Dorothy L. Sayers
(Related: Truth, Lawyers, Mystery, Nothing)

"Why in the world would you have it interpreted by nine lawyers?"
- Antonin Scalia
(Related: Lawyers, World)

"If we're picking people to draw out of their own conscience and experience a 'new' Constitution, we should not look principally for good lawyers. We should look to people who agree with us. When we are in that mode, you realize we have rendered the Constitution useless."
- Antonin Scalia
(Related: Experience, People, Conscience, Constitution, Lawyers)

"When I was growing up, so many of the important changes for African-Americans were being made in the United States Supreme Court and were being made by lawyers. I followed the court very intensely and wanted to do that for my life."
- Leah Ward Sears
(Related: Life, African, Being, Court, Growing up, Lawyers, states, United)

"I wouldn't pretend to tell you we don't pay our lawyers well."
- Jay Alan Sekulow
(Related: Lawyers)

"I don't sell enough books to pay for the lawyers, however. And these various problems finally became too much."
- Peter Sotos
(Related: Books, Lawyers, Problems)

"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
(Related: Lawyers)

"Government lawyers have a duty to disclose evidence of wrongdoing in the government."
- Ken Starr
(Related: Government, Duty, Lawyers)

"Lawyers claim that their clients have been grossly mistreated, which is what criminal defense lawyers are paid to do."
- Kenneth Starr
(Related: Clients, Defense, Lawyers)

"Up until 35 I had a slightly skewed world view. I honestly believed everybody in the world wanted to make abstract paintings, and people only became lawyers and doctors and brokers and things because they couldn't make abstract paintings."
- Frank Stella
(Related: People, Doctors, Lawyers, World)

"There are some lawyers who think of themselves as basically instruments of whoever their clients are, and they pride themselves on their professional craft."
- Cass Sunstein
(Related: Clients, Lawyers, Pride)

"It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Care, Decisions, Justice, Lawyers, Mankind, Maxim, May, Reason)

"In Palm Springs, they think homelessness is caused by bad divorce lawyers."
- G. B. Trudeau
(Related: Divorce, Lawyers)

"There's lots of stuff about me being a fan of Cliff but not being gay. Which suggests that he is, but he's not. Anyway, this is Channel 4, let their lawyers sort it out."
- Johnny Vegas
(Related: Being, Gay, Lawyers)

"You can, if you wish, think of it like the universe: Each case is a sun, and all the judges, lawyers and administrative personnel represent planets revolving around the case in fixed orbit, never getting closer."
- Sol Wachtler
(Related: Judges, Lawyers, Sun)

"I'm sure I took some licks at the system, and at trials and lawyers in general. I've seen enough of them for so many years both as a cop and a defendant in defamation cases."
- Joseph Wambaugh
(Related: Lawyers, Trials, Years)

"Today, lawyers are attacking more; they're attacking everything. A good example is the O.J. Simpson case."
- Joseph Wambaugh
(Related: Example, Lawyers, Today)

"As for lawyers, it's more fun to play one than to be one."
- Sam Waterston
(Related: Fun, Lawyers, Play)

"We felt often that we were perceived as mothers trying to be lawyers, while a male colleague of ours who had a young child was perceived as a lawyer who also happened to be a father."
- Anne C. Weisberg
(Related: Father, Lawyers, Mothers, Trying)

"As a rule lawyers tend to want to do whatever they can to win."
- Bill Williams
(Related: Lawyers, Want)

"Lawyers didn't seriously get involved in the Watergate stories until quite late, when we realized we were on to something."
- Bob Woodward
(Related: Lawyers)

"Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty. Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace. Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice."
- Lin Yutang
(Related: Peace, Justice, Lawyers, Liberty, Soldiers)