"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise
whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a
real loser - in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker
the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will
still be business enough."
Abraham Lincoln
(1809-1865) 16th US President
The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler,
Volume II, "Notes for a Law Lecture" (July 1, 1850?), p. 81.
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Reader comments about this quote:
One of the most insightful looks into his mind ! The cat was let into the room, and he knew it. Discouraging litigation, Be a peace maker. Words wisely spoken. Paul spoke also along these lines of things amongst ourselves. Mark that perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. A Psalm of King David, 37:37, in one accord, 101:6, as Job 36:4. Phil 3:13, IICorin 10:12thru18 . Press toward the mark, brethren.
 -- Ron w13, Or     
    Read the "Real Lincoln" to find out the truth about the worst president ever. Another great book is "Lincoln Uber Alles" ( over all) is another book on Lincoln which exposes him.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
    In Texas, like Florida, the loser must pay both lawyers and all court costs. Jim K, I agree with you and hope to read book soon.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    I am in absolute harmony with the 'discourage litigation' and being a 'peace maker'. To the contrary, history has shown over and over again that attorneys encourage litigation and are agents of disruption because there is never business enough. I agree with the first 2 sentences, the rest is, - well, umm, wishful thinking at best.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    A lot of my friends went into law for honorable reasons -- unfortunately they had to follow to the rules of the court or else lose their license to practice law. Now they can only earn a living by suing people or furthering statism. It seems that lawyering is all about keeping people irresponsible and profiting from the 'blame game.'
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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