Preparation is the be-all of good trial work. Everything else-felicity of expression, improvisational brilliance-is a satellite around the sun. Thorough preparation is that sun.
Oh, I get lucky a lot. I get lucky at four in the morning in the law library.
A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.
We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.
Yes, there's such a thing as luck in trial law but it only comes at 3 o'clock in the morning. You'll still find me in the library looking for luck at 3 o'clock in the morning.
Any speaker who does not strike oil in ten minutes should stop boring.
In cross-examination, as in fishing, nothing is more ungainly than a fisherman pulled into the water by his catch
True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.
When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.
Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand, and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors, that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please.
The best reply to an atheist is to give him a good dinner and ask him if he believes there is a cook.
Many people with different backgrounds, cultures, languages, and creeds combine to make a nation. But that nation is greater than the sum total of the individual skills and talents of its people. Something more grows out of their unity than can be calculated by adding the assets of individual contributions. That intangible additional quantity is often due to the differences which make the texture of the nation rich. Therefore, we must never wipe out or deride the differences amongst usfor where there is no difference, there is only indifference.
To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
I know of no higher fortitude than stubborness in the face of overwhelming odds.
A fine artist is one who makes familiar things new and new things familiar.
A beautiful lady is an accident of nature. A beautiful old lady is a work of art.
Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man.
A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.
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