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Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws.
- Francis Bacon
Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverend than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
- Francis Bacon, Essays--Of Judicature
Take all the robes of all the good judges that have ever lived on the face of the earth, and they would not be large enough to cover the iniquity of one corrupt judge.
- Henry Ward Beecher
The cold neutrality of an impartial judge.
- Edmund Burke, Preface to Brissot's Address
(vol. V, p. 67)
It is better that a judge should lean on the side of compassion than severity.
- Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
It is the function of a judge not to make but to declare the law, according to the golden mete-wand of the law and not by the crooked cord of discretion.
- Lord Edward Coke
When a man's life is under debate,
The judge can ne'er too long deliberate.
- John Dryden
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
- Albert Einstein
The judge weighs the arguments and puts a brave face on the matter, and since there must be a decision, decides as he can, and hopes he has done justice and given satisfaction to the community.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Judges are but men, and are swayed like other men by vehement prejudices. This is corruption in reality, give it whatever other name you please.
- David Dudley Field
A justice with grave justices shall sit;
He praise their wisdom, they admire his wit.
- John Gay, The Birth of the Squire (l. 77)
Art thou a magistrate? then be severe:
If studious, copy fair what time hath blurr'd,
Redeem truth from his jaws: if a soldier,
Chase brave employments with a naked sword
Throughout the world. Fool not, for all may have
If they dare try, a glorious life, or grave.
- George Herbert, The Church Porch (st. 15)
A corrupt judge is not qualified to inquire into the truth.
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)
A corrupt judge does not carefully search for the truth.
[Lat., Male verum examinat omnis
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
(II, 2, 8)
Those that have done nothing in life, are not qualified to judge of those that have done little.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
So wise, so grave, of so perplex'd a tongue,
And loud withal, that would not wag, not scarce
Lie still without a fee.
- Ben Jonson, Volpone (act I, sc. 1)
Judge not, lest ye be judged judgmental.
- Florence King
A judge's duty is to grant justice, but his practice is to delay it: even those judges who know their duty adhere to the general practice.
[Fr., Le devoir des juges est de rendre justice, leur metier est de la differer; quelques uns savent leur devoir, et font leur metier.]
- Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres
Half as sober as a judge.
- Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Maxon
I'm not final because I'm right, I'm right because I'm final.
- Judge Mills Lane
If judges would make their decisions just, they should behold neither plaintiff, defendant, nor pleader, but only the cause itself.
- Brockholst Livingston
There should be many judges, for few will always do the will of few.
[It., Bisogna che i giudici siano assai, perche pochi sempre fanno a modo de' pochi.]
- Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli),
Dei Discorsi (I, 7)
The acme of judicial distinction means the ability to look a lawyer straight in the eyes for two hours and not to hear a damned word he says.
- John C. Marshall
My suit has nothing to do with the assault, or battery, or poisoning, but is about three goats, which, I complain, have been stolen by my neighbor. This the judge desires to have proved to him; but you, with swelling words and extravagant gestures, dilate on the Battle of Cannae, the Mithridatic war, and the perjuries of the insensate Carthaginians, the Syllae, the Marii, and the Mucii. It is time, Postumus, to say something about my three goats.
- Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
Epigrams (bk. VI, ep. 19)
I pleaded your cause, Sextus, having agreed to do so for two thousand sesterces. How is it that you have sent me only a thousand? "You said nothing," you tell me; "and this cause was lost through you." You ought to give me so much the more, Sextus, as I had to blush for you.
- Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
Epigrams (bk. VIII, ep. 18)
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