The oldest theory of contract is I think negative.

Frederick Pollock on contract

Our lady the Common Law is a very wise old lady though she still has something to learn in telling what she knows.

Frederick Pollock on common

It is odd how learned persons fail to see that new terms and definitions are apt to mean new doubts and litigation.

Frederick Pollock on apt

It is strange how little harm bad codes do.

Frederick Pollock on bad

Crabbed and obscure definitions are of no use beyond a narrow circle of students, of whom probably every one has a pet one of his own.

Frederick Pollock on circle

I have not heard that even the New York abortion has done very much in the States where it has been enacted.

Frederick Pollock on abortion

If you deny that any principles of conduct at all are common to and admitted by all men who try to behave reasonably - well, I don't see how you can have any ethics or any ethical background for law.

Frederick Pollock on admitted

It cannot be assumed that equity was following common law whenever they agreed, any more than the converse.

Frederick Pollock on agreed

The lawyer has not reached the height of his vocation who does not find therein.

.. scope for a peculiar but genuine artistic function.

Frederick Pollock on artistic

So far I go with the Socialists as to think it a pretty general rule that, where monopoly is necessary, it is better in public hands.

Frederick Pollock on general

Medieval justice was a quaint thing.

Frederick Pollock on justice

Not that pleading can be taken as a test, for the forms of action, notably Debt, ignore the fundamental difference between duties imposed by law and duties created by the will of the parties.

Frederick Pollock on action

About Frederick Pollock

Name Frederick Pollock
Quotes 17 quotations
Nationality English
Profession Judge
Birthday 10 December 1845
About Sir Frederick Pollock, 3rd Baronet PC (10 December 1845 – 18 January 1937) was an English jurist best known for his History of English Law before the Time of Edward I, written with F.W. Maitland, and his lifelong correspondence with US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. He was a Cambridge Apostle.
Top topics common, definitions, strange, found, telling

Yet when one suspects that a man knows something about life that one hasn't heard before one is uneasy until one has found out what he has to say.

Frederick Pollock on found

Have you ever found any logical reason why mutual promises are sufficient consideration for one another (like the two lean horses of a Calcutta hack who can only just stand together)? I have not.

Frederick Pollock on consideration

Consider the Essay as a political pamphlet on the Revolution side, and the fact that it was the Whig gospel for a century, and you will see its working merit.

Frederick Pollock on century

The practice of the law is a perfectly distinct art.

Frederick Pollock on art

But it is strange how many rational beings believe the ultimate truths of the universe to be reducible to patterns on a blackboard.

Frederick Pollock on beings