Ancient Wisdom About Lawyers

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16th and 17th Century English Proverbs About Lawyers

There are more advocates than lawyers.

The countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

The Devil lmakes his Christmas pie of lawyers' tongues and clerks' fingers.

Go not for every Grief to the physician nor for every quarrel to the lawyer nor for every thirst to the pot.

If Hell were not full the lawyer could not be saved.

Few lawyers die well, few physicians live well.

Lawyers' houses are built on the heads of fools.

A good lawyer is an evil neighbor.

Money is the best lawyer.

A lawyer's pen is a hook.

A lawyer's purse is the mouth of hell.

Fair and softly, as lawyers go to heaven.

A lawyer will not plead but for money.

Deceive not your physician, confessor or lawyer.

He has as many tricks as a lawyer.

Fools and conceited men make lawyers rich.

Source: "A Dictionary of the Proverbs in England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries by Morris Palmer Tilley, University of Michigan Press 1950

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blue dog 7 years ago from texas hill country

hey ralph,

just had a discussion yesterday with a friend about this very subject. it's impossible to do a real estate transaction without climbing in bed with lawyers, bankers and realtors.

it made for an interesting lunch...

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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

In the first carton, the profile of the dead tree that the vulture is perched on is very like that of the tower of the Houses of Parliament. Coincidence? I think not!

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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

All too true Ralph

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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Interesting Hub. I will print it out for my Dad 'cos he is a Lawyer.

Hope he sees the funny side.


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suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

Good stuff here and very true in most cases.

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William R. Wilson 7 years ago from Knoxville, TN

Who invented copper wire? Two lawyers fighting over a penny.

What's black and brown and looks good on a lawyer? A doberman.

I know more but don't want to get your hub flagged for obscenity.

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

Thanks for the comments.

WRW, Ha! I may do another on lawyer jokes.

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breakfastpop 7 years ago

Dear Ralph,

My Dad was an brilliant attorney, my daughter is a brilliant attorney and my son-in-law is a brilliant attorney. Everyone hates a lawyer till they need one!

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William R. Wilson 7 years ago from Knoxville, TN

For maximum keyword goodness, you need a hub on ancient wisdom about mesothelioma lawyers. ;-)

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Warren Curtis 7 years ago from Buffalo, New York

Nice I am going to show this to my lawyer she'll love it....Keep writing... :.)

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barryrutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

Judge Thomas scares the hell out of me !

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

He's by far the worst appointment to the court in a long time.

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ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

This isn't specifically relevant to the hub but, since you posted such a lovely group portrait, I'll say it anyway.

No judge/justice should be permitted to be a member of or provide support for any political party. Such political bias simply nullifies the concept of impartiality.

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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago Author

All comments are welcome. Well, nearly all.

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Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

Good article; much truth in it

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