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, Notes for a Law Lecture, in 1 The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases 12 (Daniel W. Stowell et al. eds., 2008)