„I would much prefer to be a judge than a coal miner because of the absence of falling coal.“

—  Peter Cook, Context: I could have been a Judge, but I never had the Latin for the judgin'. I never had it, so I'd had it, as far as being a judge was concerned... I would much prefer to be a judge than a coal miner because of the absence of falling coal. "Sitting on the Bench" (1961)
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