We lawyers are always curious, always inquisitive, always picking up odds and ends for our patchwork minds, since there is no knowing when and where they may fit into some corner.
Remember that it is not the lawyer who knows the most law, but the one who best prepares his case, who wins.
Lawyers are shy of meddling with the Law on their own account: knowing it to be an edged tool of uncertain application, very expensive in the working, and rather remarkable for its properties of close shaving, than for its always shaving the right person.
I have no idea know who the great lawyers are and I don’t believe they can be got at. I know of no single instance in which it could be definitely asserted that they had intervened. They do defend certain cases, but one cannot achieve that oneself. They only defend those whom they wish to defend, and they never take action, I should think, until the case is already beyond the province of the lower Court. In fact, it’s better to put them out of one’s mind altogether, or else one finds interviews with ordinary lawyers so stale and stupid, with their niggling counsels and proposals—I have experienced it myself—that one feels like throwing the whole thing up and taking to bed with one’s face to the wall.
Doctors are the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.[Доктора — те же адвокаты, с тою только разницей, что адвокаты только грабят, а доктора и грабят и убивают…]