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GENERAL

  1. Satyameva Jayate (Truth alone triumphs)

    -An Old Sanskrit saying, very popular in India, often written on plaques in Judges’ rooms

  2. If you can't prove it, don't claim it.

    -Bernard Knight, (Quoted in Bernard Knight's “Forensic Pathology”, 2nd Edition, Preface)

  3. I keep six honest serving men
    (They taught me all I knew);
    Their names are What and Why and When
    And How and Where and Who

    -Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Indian born British writer, in “Just so stories” (Cited in “Recent Advances in Forensic Pathology” edited by Francis E. Camps, J.& A. Churchill Ltd., 1969, on page 216, in Chapter 13 entitled "Medico-Legal aspects of Exotic Diseases")

    (N.B. The author at the end of this chapter stresses on Population explosion and advises the doctors to think in terms of global medicine. On page 221, he modifies Kipling’s quote like this:
    ..She keeps ten million serving men,
    Who get no rest at all!
    She sends ‘em abroad on her own affairs,
    From the second she opens her eyes-
    One million Hows, two million Wheres,
    And seven million Whys!)

  4. Truth is incontrovertible
    Panic may resent it
    Ignorance may deride it
    Malice may distort it
    But here it is.

    -Winston Churchill

  5. In a sense, the victim shapes and moulds the criminal.

    -Hans von Hentig

  6. "Excellent," I cried. "Elementary", said he.

    -Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930): ("The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" (1894) 'The Crooked Man'. The oft quoted "Elementary, my dear Watson" is not found in any book by Conan Doyle)

  7. Seldom say never- seldom say always!

    -Forensic Proverb (Quoted in Bernard Knight's “Forensic Pathology”, 2nd Edition, at the Title page)

  8. In God we trust......All others are suspects

    -(Contributed by Signal45@aol.com who picked this quote from a homicide investigators school in Southern Louisiana)

  9. In Forensic Medicine, eye the most, hand the next and tongue the least.

    -(From the frontpage of a forensic medicine practical notebook prescribed for undergraduate students at the Department of Froensic Medicine, Al-Ameen Medical College, Bijapur, India)

  10. Well now; there’s a remedy for everything except death.

    -Sancho Panza in Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1615) (Quoted in "The Pathology of Trauma" 2nd Edition, Edited by J.K.Mason, page 30)

  11. He that digeth a pit shall fall into it.

    -Ecclesiastes 8 (Quoted in "The Pathology of Trauma" 2nd Edition, Edited by J.K.Mason, page 269)

  12. The problem isn’t with what we don’t know. The problem is with what we do know that isn’t so.

    -Will Rogers. (Quoted at the beginning of the article “Shaken Baby Syndrome and Death of Matthew Eappen” by John Plunkett, M.D., in The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology”, Vol 20, Number 1, March 1999 at page 17)

  13. You do the work in the daytime and cry at night!

    -Clyde Snow (1928- ), forensic anthropologist, on his philosophy of life

  14. I guess you can say law enforcement officials have come a long way since the days of Sherlock Holmes and his magnifying glass.

    -Northumberland County District Attorney Robert Sacavage, at the conclusion of the Robert Auker murder trial (Quoted in “Hard Evidence” By David Fisher at page 381)

  15. Dead Men tell tales!

    -The title of Juergen Thorwald’s book (Published by Thames and Hudson, London, 1965)

  16. Dead Men tell no tales!

    -LeMoyne Snyder in his book “Homicide Investigation”, (Third Edition, May 1977) Published by Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, Illinois, USA, on page 376, in chapter 20 entitled “Popular Fallacies in Homicide Investigation”

    (N.B. This interesting quote, although outwardly appearing as an antithesis to the quote preceding it, must be read in the proper context. Snyder follows up this interesting quote with the following qualifying remark: “How much they tell may be in direct proportion to the care, diligence and conscientious effort that the investigators and the laboratory technicians apply to the investigation. Sometimes the dead man actually becomes eloquent. As the science of homicide investigation advances, dead men will tell more and more.”)

  17. Dead Men do tell tales!

    -The title of William R. Maple’s (1937-1997), book (published by Doubleday, New York, 1994)

    (N.B. Quite appropriately, this quote sets the matter right once again, by reiterating the earlier quote! Thus the wheel seems to have turned one full circle.)

  18. Take nothing for granted because things are not always what they seem.

    -LeMoyne Snyder in his book “Homicide Investigation”, (Third Edition, May 1977) Published by Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, Illinois, USA, on page 141, in chapter 7 entitled “Homicide due to Gunshot Wounds”

  19. A medicolegist must avoid talking too much, talking too soon and talking to the wrong persons.

    -Anonymous

  20. Fools and Wise men are equally harmless. Dangerous are those who are half foolish and half wise, and only see half of everything..

    -General saying (Cited in "Recent Advances in Forensic Pathology" edited by Francis E. Camps, J.& A. Churchill Ltd., 1969, on page 8, in Chapter 2 entitled “Thanatology”)

  21. A Corpus Delicti is not a corpse.

    -Title of chapter 6 (at page 177) in Herbert Leon Macdonell's book “The Evidence never lies", published by Dell Publishing, 1984

  22. Life is like an autopsy -- one piece at a time.

    -Anonymous

    (I found the above interesting quote as an attachment from an E-mail I received from clemency@innocent.com)

  23. One can not expect a quality investigation if the technical consultant is given inadequate time for preparation and analysis.

    -Genck 1987 (Quoted in “Tire Imprint Evidence” by Peter McDonald, 1989 Elsevier, page 185)

  24. The truth - the whole truth - and nothing but the truth.

    -General saying (Cited in "Recent Advances in Forensic Pathology" edited by Francis E. Camps, J.& A. Churchill Ltd., 1969, on page 1, in Chapter 1 entitled “General advances in Forensic Medicine”)