"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser -- in fees, expenses, and waste of time."
Abraham Lincoln, 1850
"I had learnt the true practice of law. I had learnt to find the better side of human nature and to Â enter men's hearts. I realized the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties riven asunder.
The lesson was so indelibly burnt into me, that a large part of my time Â during the twenty years of my practice as a lawyer was occupied in bringing about private compromises of hundreds of cases. I lost nothing thereby -- not even money, certainly not my soul."