A criminal trial is like a Russian novel: it starts with exasperating slowness as the characters are introduced to a jury, then there are complications in the form of minor witnesses, the protagonist finally appears and contradictions arise to produce drama, and finally as both jury and spectators grow weary and confused the pace quickens, reaching its climax in passionate final argument.
A joke, even if it be a lame one, is nowhere so keenly relished or quickly applauded as in a murder trial.
Affliction is not sent in vain, young man, from that good God, who chastens whom he loves.
Afflictions are but the shadows of God's wings.
All of the troubles that some people have in life is that which they married into.
All trials are trials for one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death.
Appeal. In law, to put the dice into the box for another throw.
For thou, O God, hast proved us; thou has tried us, as silver is tried. [Psalms 66:10]
God prepares great men for great tasks by great trials.
God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.
He maintained that the case was lost or won by the time the final juror had been sworn in; his summation was set in his mind before the first witness was called. It was all in the orchestration, he claimed: in knowing how and where to pitch each and every particular argument; who to intimidate; who to trust, who to flatter and court; who to challenge; when to underplay and exactly when to let out all the stops.
Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer; preserve my life from fear of the enemy. [Psalms 64:1]
Hot water is my native element. I was in it as a baby, and I have never seemed to get out of it ever since.
I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.
I gather from a lawyer that there was a rehearsal yesterday. We haven't a hope. I know the presiding judge too: I've had the misfortune to sleep with his wife. He was specially picked.
I have always believed that God never gives a cross to bear larger than we can carry. No matter what, he wants us to be happy, not sad. Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't we?
I'm trusting in the Lord and a good lawyer.
If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.
If you have a lemon, make lemonade.
If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that 9 will run into the ditch before they reach you.