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Edward Coke (1552 – 1634)


Early English colonial entrepreneur and jurist whose writings on the English common law were definitive legal texts for some 300 years.
Edward Coke
The King himself should be under no man, but under God and the Law.
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Six hours in sleep, in law's grave study six,
Four spend in prayer, the rest on Nature fix.
Coke
Fraud and deceit abound in these days more than in former times.




Coke Edward quotes
Don't quote the distinction, for the honour of my lord Coke.
Coke Edward
The house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence as for his repose.
Edward Coke quotes
The learning and industry of that great man Sir Edward Coke, whose name ought never to be mentioned in a Court of law without the highest respect.
Edward Coke
A man's house is his castle et domus sua cuique est tutissimum refugium.
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Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason... The law, which is perfection of reason.
Coke
A witch is a person who hath conference with the Devil to consult with him or to do some act.
Coke Edward
A word must become a friend or you will not understand it. Perhaps you do well to be cool and detached when you are seeking information, but I remind you of the wife who complained, 'When I ask John if he loves me, he thinks I am asking for information'.
Edward Coke
The intention ought to be subservient to the laws, not the laws to the intention.




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Law is the safest helmet.
Edward Coke
Only this incident inseparable every custom must have, viz., that it be consonant to reason; for how long soever it hath continued, if it be against reason, it is of no force in law.
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The greatest lawyer, Sir Edward Coke.
Coke Edward
That great lawyer was much heated in the controversy between the Courts at Westminster and the Ecclesiastical Courts. In every part of his conduct his passions influenced his judgment. Vir acer et vehemens. His law was continually warped by the different situations in which he found himself.
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Every libel, which is called famosus libellus, is made either against a private man, or against a public person. If it be against a private man, it deserves a severe punishment.
Edward Coke
Jeo concede que est le opinion Seigniour Coke, mes salva reverentia al ey grand sage et pere del ley. (I grant that it is the opinion of Lord Coke, but salva reverentia to so great a sage and father of the law).
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The gladsome light of jurisprudence.
Edward Coke
Magna Charta is such a fellow that he will have no sovereign.
Coke Edward
The Common lawes of the Realme should by no means be delayed for the law is the surest sanctuary, that a man should take, and the strongest fortresse to protect the weakest of all, lex et tutissima cassis.


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