Henry David Thoreau quote about truth from Civil Disobedience - The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
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The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
 Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (1849). copy citation

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Author Henry David Thoreau
Source Civil Disobedience
Topic truth lawyer consistency
Date 1849
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/71/71-h/71-h.htm

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“Yet, compared with the cheap professions of most reformers, and the still cheaper wisdom and eloquence of politicians in general, his are almost the only sensible and valuable words, and we thank Heaven for him. Comparatively, he is always strong, original, and, above all, practical. Still his quality is not wisdom, but prudence. The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency. Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing. He well deserves to be called, as he has been called, the Defender of the Constitution.” source

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