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Legal Proverbs from Around the World

August 19, 2014

Everybody loves a good saying, but let’s hope there’s not too much truth in some of these legal proverbs from around the world…


Corn can't expect justice from a court composed of chickens.  –African Proverb


It is better to be the victim of injustice than to be unjust yourself. 
–Cameroonian Proverb


The maker of laws must be severe; who executes them must be generous. 
–Chinese Proverb


Laws without punishment are like bells with no clackers. 
–Czech Proverb


Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black. 
–Danish Proverb


Justice knows no friendship. 
–Estonian Proverb


A bad compromise is better than a good lawsuit.
 –French Proverb


Go to law for a sheep and lose your cow. 
–German Proverb


The hands of a lawyer are always in someone's pocket. 
–Indian Proverb


A lawsuit is a fruit-tree planted in a lawyer's garden. 
–Italian Proverb


No sooner is a law made than a way around it is discovered. 
–Italian Proverb


A lawyer looks at you with one eye, but he looks at your pocket with two. –Jamaican Proverb


The lawyer will extend the frontiers of a fight. 
–Japanese Proverb


It is the law that judges, not the judge. 
–Norwegian Proverb


Old truths, old laws, old friends, old books, and old wine are best. 
–Polish Proverb


Law is a flag and gold is the wind that makes it move. 
–Russian Proverb


Forgiveness is a pillar of justice. 
–Russian Proverb


He that loves law will soon get his fill of it. 
–Scottish Proverb


It is better to be a mouse in a cat's mouth than a man in a lawyer's hands. 
–Spanish Proverb


One lawyer makes work for another. –Spanish Proverb


One hour of justice is worth seventy hours of prayer. 
–Turkish Proverb


The houses of lawyers are roofed with the skins of litigants.  –Welsh Proverb


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