An enactment for the favour and liberty of the subject ought to have a liberal construction.
Johnson v. Harris (1854), 3 W.R. 104.
Nominal damages are in effect, only a peg to hang costs on.William Henry Maule
There is no presumption in this country that every person knows the law: it would be contrary to common sense and reason if it were so.William Henry Maule
Common sense still lingers in Westminster Hall.William Henry Maule
"As the crow flies"—a popular and picturesque expression to denote a straight line.William Henry Maule
After a hard frost a man might wake in the morning and find he was breaking a covenant.William Henry Maule
If a man go into the London Docks sober without means of getting drunk, and comes out of one of the cellars very drunk wherein are a million gallons of wine, I think that would be reasonable evidence that he had stolen some of the wine in that cellar, though you could not prove that any wine was stolen, or any wine was missed.William Henry Maule
Fictions of law must be consistent with justice.William Henry Maule
You silly old fool, you don't even know the alphabet of your own silly old business.William Henry Maule
My lords, we are vertebrate animals, we are mammalia! My learned friend's manner would be intolerable in Almighty God to a black beetle.William Henry Maule