From Abraham Lincoln, a few words of wisdom to lawyers

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)

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