Legal Quotes — On Lawsuits


While appeals have received very little attention in the world of legal quotations, lawsuits have occupied the minds of scholars seemingly since the dawn of time. Below is a humorous, unsurprising sampling of what some scholars thought of lawsuits. Do you agree with these scathing opinions?


“A lawsuit is a fruit tree planted in a lawyer’s garden.”
–Italian Proverb

“Misery is the company of lawsuits.”
–Francois Rabelais (1494-1553)

“A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.”
–George Herbert (1593-1633)

“Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property.”
–Jean de la Bruyere (1645-1696)

“I was never ruined but twice – once when I lost a lawsuit, once when I won one.”
–Voltaire (1694-1778)

“Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage. ”
–Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

“Where there is a will there is a lawsuit.”
–Addison Mizner (1872-1933)