I do not believe in lawyers, in that mode of attacking or defending a man, because you descend to meet the judge on his own ground, and, in cases of the highest importance, it is of no consequence whether a man breaks a human law or not. Let lawyers decide trivial cases.

Source:A Plea for Captain John Brown (1859); The Writings of Henry David Thoreau (Houghton, Mifflin and Co., ed. 1906), Volume IV, Page 438
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