„Lawyer – One skilled in the circumvention of the law.“

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Ambrose Bierce207
1842 - 1913

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„Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.“

—  Jeremy Bentham British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer 1748 - 1832
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Reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„As a lawyer I am before and above all things for the supremacy of law.“

—  John Coleridge, 1st Baron Coleridge British lawyer, judge and Liberal politician 1820 - 1894
The Queen v. Bishop of London (1889), L. R. 23 Q. B. 452.

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„If the Laws could speak for themselves, they would complain of the Lawyers in the first Place.“

—  George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax English politician 1633 - 1695
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„There are plenty who think that, as our libel laws are cleaned up, smart lawyers are switching horses to privacy.“

—  Alan Rusbridger British newspaper editor 1953
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