"They tell you at the Law School that the law is a wonderful science--the perfection of reason. Wonderful fiddlesticks! 'Tis in fact a hodge-podge of Roman Law, Bible texts, writings of the Christian fathers, Germanic customes, myths, canon law, superstitions, scraps of feudalism, crazy fictions, and long dead statutes. Your professors try to bring order out of chaos and make sense where the devil himself couldn't find any."
--Caleb Tuckerman (as quoted in Ephraim Tutt, Yankee Lawyer 41 (1943))