Lincoln and Paul on Litigation.
"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser -- in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough."
- Abraham Lincoln-Notes for a law lecture, 1850
Paul on a similar theme:
"Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints?
"Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts?
"Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?
"So if you have law courts dealing with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church?
"I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren,
"but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers?
"Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?" (1 Cor. 6:1-7; NASB.)