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"Anyone who tries to learn the law must first know where the name" law "[ius] originates. It is after righteousness [iustitia] so called. Because, as Celsus so beautifully defines, the law is the art of the good and the cheap [ars boni et aequi]. ... For that sake we (jurists) could be called priests: For we serve justice, and we dedicate ourselves to the proclamation of the good and the just by separating the cheap and the unjust, by separating the permissible and the illegal, ... Justice is the unchangeable and permanent will to grant everyone their rights. The rules of law are as follows: live honorably, do not violate others, grant everyone his own. "(Ulpian, Dig. 1.1.1., 1.1.10 [approx. 200 AD]))

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"A judge who passes a just judgment is, as it were, a co-worker of God in the work of creation." (Talmud)

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"Because the law is nothing other than the order prevailing in the state community, and it is precisely this law that decides what is just." (Aristotle)

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"A law is nothing but a prescription of practical reason, established by the ruler who rules a perfect community ... The concept of law implies, first, that it is derived from natural law; second, that it is based on the general good is directed; and thirdly, that it should be determined by the one who rules the community of the state. " (Thomas Aquinas [1225-1274], Summa theologica)

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"Studying law is the most wonderful." (Goethe, thesis 41 of the disputation, 1771)

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"Law and rights inherit / like an eternal disease; / they drag themselves from generation to generation / and move gently from place to place. / Reason becomes nonsense, benefit a plague; / woe to you that you are a grandson ! / Of the rights that were born with us, / of which, unfortunately! Is never the question. " - Goethe, Faust I (Mephistopheles)

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"Law is [...] the epitome of those conditions under which the arbitrariness of one can be combined with the arbitrariness of the other according to a general law of freedom." (Immanuel Kant, Metaphysics of Morals, 1797, Introduction to Legal Doctrine)

"Nobody can pretend to be practically versed in a science and yet despise theory without merely admitting that he is an ignoramus in his field." (Immanuel Kant, treatise on the saying: This may be correct in theory, but not suitable for practice)

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"The law is the property of an insignificant class of nobility and scholars who, by their own work, give themselves the rule. This justice is only a means of keeping you in order, so that you are more comfortable; it speaks according to laws that you do not understand, principles you know nothing of, judgments you do not understand. " (Georg Büchner, Danton's death)

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"So I was studying law. That meant that in the few months before the exams, with a lot of nerves, I literally nourished myself mentally on wood flour, which, moreover, had already been chewed by thousands of mouths. .. "(Franz Kafka, letter to the father, 1919)

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a) "It is a professional duty of the judge to enforce the will to enforce the law, to sacrifice one's sense of justice to the authoritative legal order, only to ask what is right and never whether it is also just." (Gustav Radbruch, Philosophy of Law [1932])
b) "The concept of law cannot be determined otherwise than the fact that has the purpose of realizing the legal idea. Law can be unjust ... but it is only right because it has the sense of being just. .. The conflict between justice and legal certainty should be resolved in such a way that positive law secured by statutes and power also takes precedence when it is content-wise unjust and inexpedient, unless the contradiction of positive law reaches such an unbearable level of justice that the law as 'wrong right' has to give way to justice. " (Gustav Radbruch, legal injustice and supra-legal law [1946]).

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"Of course I respect the law! But even with the law, you shouldn't be so picky." (Konrad Adenauer)

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“The law kills me, makes me stupid and paralyzed, it is impossible for me to work for it. If I have stuck my nose in the code of law for three hours, during which I have not understood anything, it is impossible for me to go any further. Otherwise I would commit suicide (which would be very sad, because I have the highest hopes). Anyway, I give a shit about law. This is my 'Delenda Carthago'. "..." The study of rights embittered my character to the greatest extent: I growl incessantly, gossip, grumble and even grumble against myself and even when I'm all alone. The evening before yesterday I would have given a hundred francs (which I did not have) if I had been able to give anyone a beating. "And:" Toothache is still nothing, and the tears that come to my eyes during the worst attacks, cannot be compared to the terrible convulsions caused by this lovely science that I am studying. " (Gustave Flaubert, 1842 = shortly before dropping out of his law studies!)

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"Who of the practical jurists does not sometimes get the deep feeling of emptiness and the inadequacy of their occupation? ... The holy justice is still the subject of ridicule among the people to this day; and even the educated, even if they are right, fear to get into their hands ... What a mass of laws, and yet how many loopholes! What army of officials, and yet what slowness in the administration of justice! What expenditure of study, of erudition, and yet, what vacillations, what Uncertainty in theory and practice ... The disadvantages of the positive law for natural law are well known, ... the content of the positive law (contains) not only the truth but also enough of the untrue ... The positive law is in its last Definitely sheer arbitrariness ... The positive law is finally the willless, always ready weapon, no less for the wisdom of the legislator than for the passion of the despot ... The jurists are by the positive G esetz have become worms that live only on the rotten wood; Turning away from the healthy, it is only the sick in which they nest and weave. In making the contingent its object, science itself becomes contingency; three corrective words of the legislature and entire libraries become obsolete. ... The external course of the process is designed to support this view. Even the judge, the scholar, do not immediately know what is right in the case presented. First thick codes of law, dusty commentaries have to be looked up ... What is artificially proven as the true in the first instance with acuteness and erudition is proven in the second instance with the same acuteness and learning in the second instance as the untrue, and luck if in the third Instance the truth is not reversed again ... The administration of justice has become a game of chance through science; incidentally, low passion wages a little war through her, because peace makes a bigger one impossible for her. "(Julius von Kirchmann, Die Wortlosen der Jurisprudenz als Wissenschaft [1847])

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"The study of law is dirty and addicted to profit, because its ultimate purpose is money; one does not study law for the sake of amusement and for the sake of knowing things. ... A lawyer who is no more than just a lawyer is poor Thing." (Martin Luther)

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"The deeper the knowledge a lawyer has, and the longer he dedicates himself to studying law, the stronger his inhibitions become when faced with the simple question: 'What is the law'?" (Sir Frederick Pollock)

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"Jurisprudence is like beer; the first time you shudder, but once you've drunk it, you can't stop." (Johann Wolfgang Goethe)

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"No young lawyer is spared the inner struggle with his science, and it is not the worst of them who have to go through a period of downright disgust for their profession." ... "Because a good lawyer can only become someone who is a lawyer with a bad conscience." ... "Just that youthful wrestling match with jurisprudence has proven fruitful for my later legal production: I was only able to write a book because I had experienced all the difficulties and resistance that jurisprudence causes young people has served numerous young lawyers as a first introduction to legal science. Only through experience with my own soul was I able to work out the antinomies and paradoxes of law, as has happened in my 'legal philosophy'. " (Gustav Radbruch)

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"The training of lawyers is similar to the training of circus fleas. They are kept in a cigar box on which a pane of glass is placed. This is repeated in ever-lower boxes: the little animal is no longer used to high hopping; after all, the fleas only crawl even when they are on top of themselves no longer have a pane of glass. This effect is reached around the time of the assessor exam. " (Klaus Eschen)

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"Lawyers have no friends, lawyers have books. They live and sleep in huge libraries with their heads resting on a book, next to them other piles of literature with strange inscriptions such as 'Content and function of the unfavorable action in the context of personal injustice teaching'." (THE TIME)

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"Sweetheart, you don't need law school. Law school is for people who are boring and ugly and serious. And you are none of those things." (Elle's father, in: Legally Blonde, Hollywood 2001)