"Though every legal task demands this skill, it is especially important in the effort to frame public policy in a way that is properly responsive to human needs and predicaments. The question is always: How will the general rule work in practice?"
"I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five."Elliot Richardson on Steven Wright
"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."Elliot Richardson on Calvin Coolidge
"A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman."Elliot Richardson on Robert Frost
"Make crime pay. Become a lawyer."Elliot Richardson on Will Rogers
"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."Elliot Richardson on Plato
"This anniversary serves to help remind the American people that, in the wake of one of the greatest political scandals and misuse of power in our history as a nation, scandal produced important reforms that served this nation well for two decades."
"I thought I was going to be killed. The casualties were so heavy, it was just a given. I learned to take each day, each mission, as it came. That's an attitude I've carried into my professional life. I take each case, each job, as it comes."
"There is an increasingly pervasive sense not only of failure, but of futility. The legislative process has become a cruel shell game and the service system has become a bureaucratic maze, inefficient, incomprehensible, and inaccessible."
"The experience of learning how to get straight to the core of a problem proved to be of immense value later when I had a long succession of responsibilities in large, complex government departments."