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Great Quotes for Closing Arguments

“The right to sue and defend in the courts is the alternative of force. In an organized society it is the right conservative of all other rights, and lies at the foundation of orderly government.” -William H. Moody

“The law is the witness and external deposit of our moral life.  Its history is the history of the moral development of the race.”  -Oliver Wendell Holmes

“No better instrument has been devised for arriving at truth than to give a person in jeopardy of serious loss notice of the case against him and opportunity to meet it.”  -Felix Frankfurter

“Justice is the great interest of man on Earth.  It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.”  -Daniel Webster

“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there’s a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” – former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” – Inauguration Speech by Nelson Mandela

“…the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Discourage Litigation

One of the partners in my law firm has this great quote from Abraham Lincoln above his desk:

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.

This quote is most important in the Family Court context, in my opinion.  More here.