Sir Walter Scott on Legislatures

the inevitability of problems:

“In a
civilised society, law is the chimney through which all that smoke discharges
itself that used to circulate through the whole house, and put everyone’s eyes
out – no wonder, therefore, that the vent itself should sometimes get a little

Sir Walter Scott, writing in “Guy Mannering”
seems to be offering lawyers an excuse! Scott was originally a lawyer by

On the advantage of

“I dinna ken muckle about the
law,” answered Mrs Howden; “but I ken, when we had a king, and a chancellor, and
parliament-men o’ our ain, we could aye peeble them wi’ stanes when they werena
gude bairns – Bit naebody’s nails can reach the length o’

From “The Heart of Midlothian” by Sir Walter
Scott, in 1818.