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Friday, March 5, 1999 Published at 12:07 GMT


Lord Denning: Judged by words

Lord Denning sometimes had to apologise for his pronouncements

Lord Denning was one of the best-known law-making judges of the century and also one of the most controversial.

His comments sometimes landed him in hot water. Here are some of the words which reflect the man, his career and his life.

The Birmingham Six

"We shouldn't have all these campaigns to get them released".

The Profumo scandal inquiry

"I have had to be a detective, inquisitor, advocate and judge and it has been difficult to combine them."

Reversals of his rulings

"It's not the first time and probably won't be the last".

On legislation

"Parliament does it too late".

A career in law

"I was ambitious and saw it as the best way to advancement".


"Without religion, no morality; without morality, no law."

Modern society

Some persons, who would otherwise be good and worthy citizens, are deliberately breaking the law."


"I have all the Christian virtues - except resignation".

Old age

"You can do good work after 75. I think I gave some of my judgements of greatest value after 75."

Living long

"By eating plain English food. I don't want any of that French stuff."

His chosen epitaph

"Remembrance of me in good works, that is how I should like to be remembered."

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