He has spent all his life in letting down empty buckets into empty wells; and he is frittering away his age in trying to draw them up again.
He has spent all his life in letting down empty buckets into empty wells, and he is frittering away his age in trying to draw them up again.sydney smith
I readily admit that the law which requires presumption or custom to be carried back for a period of nearly 700 years, is a bad and mischievous law, and one which is discreditable to us as a civilised and enlightened people, but such is the law; and while it so continues, I consider myself, in administering it, as bound to administer it as I find it; nor do I feel myself warranted in undermining or frittering it away by subtle fictions or artificial presumptions inconsistent with truth and fact.
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