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  1. A certain criminal lawyer, like a trapeze performer, is seldom more than one step from an awful fate —Paul O’Neil, Life, June 22, 1959
  2. A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats —Benjamin Franklin
  3. The glory of lawyers, like that of men of science, is more corporate than individual —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., April 15, 1890
  4. If you would wax thin and savage, like a half-fed spider, be a lawyer —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

    Holmes senior gave up the law for a career in medicine and literature. His son, on the other hand, enjoyed a distinguished legal career culminated by his appointment to the Supreme Court.

  5. A lawyer’s face always gives warning of an ambush. Like a blockhouse. Used to conceal the artillery —Joyce Cary
  6. A lawyer awaiting a decision in a big case is like a murderer waiting for the jury to come out —Robert Traver

    In the novel, Laughing Whitefish, this continues in both, wistful hope mingles inevitably with gloom and foreboding.

  7. A lawyer deep in his case is like a man fallen in love. Whether shaving or bathing or plain old-fashioned knaving, in bed or out, always and forever he is obsessed by his goddam case —Robert Traver

    A variation of this from People Versus Kirk also appears in Traver’s best known novel, Anatomy of a Murder.

  8. A lawyer lacking a flock of law books is like a carpenter run out of nails —Robert Traver
  9. A lawyer preparing for the trial of a difficult and complex case … is like a man consulting a dictionary who winds up chasing everything but the word he needs —Robert Traver
  10. Lawyers are just like physicians: what one says, the other contradicts —Sholom Aleichem
  11. Lawyers, like bread, are best when they are young and new —Thomas Fuller
  12. Lawyers on opposite sides of a case are like the two parts of shears; they cut what comes between them, but not each other —Daniel Webster
  13. Like most corporate attorneys, he sat squarely on the fence with both ears to the ground —Anon
  14. Years of practice had made them sensitive to every whimsy of emotion and taught them how to play upon the psychology of the jury as the careless zephyr softly draws its melody from the aeolian harp —Arthur Train
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The lawyers, they got a good deal of it, sure,' he said merrily.
He looked up from his pompano and inquired of Arobin if he were related to the gentleman of that name who formed one of the firm of Laitner and Arobin, lawyers.
Because Andrews had a pull he was permitted to sit as an equal among police-court lawyers.
Again, when the lawyers were making inquiry for the missing document, it was a by-word that it would never be found, unless in the wizard's skeleton hand.
But though no other nation has ever had any written whaling law, yet the American fishermen have been their own legislators and lawyers in this matter.
Others--as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders--serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as the rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God.
The amphitheatre was packed, from the bull-ring to the highest row - twelve thousand people in one circling mass, one slanting, solid mass - royalties, nobles, clergy, ladies, gentlemen, state officials, generals, admirals, soldiers, sailors, lawyers, thieves, merchants, brokers, cooks, housemaids, scullery-maids, doubtful women, dudes, gamblers, beggars, loafers, tramps, American ladies, gentlemen, preachers, English ladies, gentlemen, preachers, German ditto, French ditto, and so on and so on, all the world represented: Spaniards to admire and praise, foreigners to enjoy and go home and find fault - there they were, one solid, sloping, circling sweep of rippling and flashing color under the downpour of the summer sun - just a garden, a gaudy, gorgeous flower-garden
The usual whis- perings among the lawyers and gathering together of papers followed.
And then he raged right along with his awful tale, everybody a-staring and gasping, judge, jury, lawyers, and everybody, and Benny and Aunt Sally crying their hearts out.
There were all sorts and conditions of men and women, for there were sons and daughters of storekeepers, lawyers, butchers, doctors, shoemakers, professors, ministers, and farmers at the Wareham schools, either as boarders or day scholars.
But lawyers, sharks, and leeches, are not easily satisfied, you know
Every reader must recollect, that after the fall of the Catholic Church, and the Presbyterian Church Government had been established by law, the rank, and especially the wealth, of the Bishops, Abbots, Priors, and so forth, were no longer vested in ecclesiastics, but in lay impropriators of the church revenues, or, as the Scottish lawyers called them, titulars of the temporalities of the benefice, though having no claim to the spiritual character of their predecessors in office.