David Paul Brown, one of the most eminent nineteenth century American trial lawyers, was asked by an acquaintance how he found time to do so much labor. He answered:
A mere lawyer is a mere jackass, and has never the power to unload himself; whereas I consider the advocate—the thoroughly accomplished advocate—the highest style of man. He is always ready to learn, and always able to teach. Hortensius was a lawyer—Cicero an orator; the one is forgotten, the other immortalized.
From the biography of David Paul Brown, published in John Livingston, ed., Biographical Sketches of Eminent American Lawyers..., Part II (April & May, 1852), 178 at 192.