William Blackstone


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Sir William Blackstone 10 July 1723 – 14 February 1780) was an English jurist, judge and Tory politician of the eighteenth century. He is most noted for writing the Commentaries on the Laws of England. Born into a middle-class family in London, Blackstone was educated at Charterhouse School before matriculating at Pembroke College, Oxford in 1738. After switching to and completing a Bachelor of ... more »

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  • ''It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.''
    William Blackstone (1723-1780), British jurist. Commentaries on the Laws of England, vol. 4, ch. 27 (1765-1769).
  • ''The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.''
    William Blackstone (1723-1780), British jurist. Commentaries on the Laws of England, bk. 1, ch. 13 (1765-1769).
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