ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ancient Wisdom About Lawyers

Updated on December 12, 2009
John Yoo, Bush administration authority on torture.
John Yoo, Bush administration authority on torture.

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


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Coolmon2009 profile image


      10 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good article; much truth in it

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      All comments are welcome. Well, nearly all.

    • profile image


      10 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.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

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

    • barryrutherford profile image

      Barry Rutherford 

      10 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Judge Thomas scares the hell out of me !

    • Warren Curtis profile image

      Warren Curtis Daniels Jr 

      10 years ago from Buffalo, New York

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

    • William R. Wilson profile image

      William R. Wilson 

      10 years ago from Knoxville, TN

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

    • breakfastpop profile image


      10 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!

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the comments.

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

    • William R. Wilson profile image

      William R. Wilson 

      10 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.

    • suziecat7 profile image


      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Good stuff here and very true in most cases.

    • Lady_E profile image


      10 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.


    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      All too true Ralph

    • Paraglider profile image

      Dave McClure 

      10 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!

    • blue dog profile image

      blue dog 

      10 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...


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)