Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Making business

This is my favourite Dickens quote. Of course it doesn’t just apply to lawyers, but to all professions as well as whole swathes of government.

 The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself. There is no other principle distinctly, certainly, and consistently maintained through all its narrow turnings. Viewed by this light it becomes a coherent scheme, and not the monstrous maze the laity are apt to think it. Let them but once clearly perceive that its grand principle is to make business for itself at their expense, and surely they will cease to grumble.

Charles Dickens. Bleak House

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