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Talk:Louis Nizer

About: A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist. - Between You and Me, Beechurst Press, 1948.

» I tried to find this quote via google books, but did not manage. Does anybody know, on which page it is?

I have seen an even earlier quote and it was attributed to John Ruskin. I do not think Nizer can be the source.


  • A beautiful lady is an accident of nature. A beautiful old lady is a work of art.
  • A fine artist is one who makes familiar things new and new things familiar.
  • A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.
  • Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand, and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors, that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please.
  • Character is a letter of credit written on the face.
  • I don't know how any man can believe in communism, when communism believes in no man.
  • I find that action, even if not too well conceived, at least stimulates hope.
    • My Life in Court (1961).
  • I know of no higher fortitude than stubborness in the face of overwhelming odds.
    • My Life in Court (1961).
  • In cross-examination, as in fishing, nothing is more ungainly than a fisherman pulled into the water by his catch
  • Preparation is the be-all of good trial work. Everything else-felicity of expression, improvisational brilliance-is a satellite around the sun. Thorough preparation is that sun.
  • Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them.
  • To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
  • We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.
  • Where there is no difference, there is only indifference.
  • Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man.
  • Yes, there's such a thing as luck in trial law but it only comes at 3 o'clock in the morning. You'll still find me in the library looking for luck at 3 o'clock in the morning.
  • True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.
  • The day of manipulating a jury is absolutely gone, if there ever was such a day. Cases are won through preparation, dragging the facts into the courtroom. The lawyer excavates the facts, and the more he digs, the more certain is he to win; and then he can pound upon the facts and the emotional appeal-that's the way of persuasion. But to play clever with a jury when you don't have the facts leaves them cold. They resent it.
    • San Francisco Examiner (May 29? 1974).
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