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Learned Hand Quotes

We lose the forest for the trees, forgetting, even so far as we think at all, that we are trustees for those who come after us, squandering the patrimony which we have received.
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Words are not pebbles in alien juxtaposition.

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Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us.

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In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy.

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Thou shalt not ration justice.

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Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment.

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I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon law and upon courts. These are false hopes, believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no courts to save it.

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As soon as we cease to pry about at random, we shall come to rely upon accredited bodies of authoritative dogma; and as soon as we come to rely upon accredited bodies of authoritative dogma, not only are the days of our liberty over, but we have lost the password that has hitherto opened to us the gates of success as well.

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Reputation, like a face, is the symbol of its possessor and creator, and another can use it only as a mask.

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The public needs the equivalent of Chevrolets as well as Cadillacs.

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What seems fair enough against a squalid huckster of bad liquor may take on a different face, if used by a government determined to suppress political opposition under the guise of sedition.

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In america, there are two tax systems: one for the informed and one for the uninformed. Both are legal

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Life in a great society, or for that matter in a small, is a web of tangled relations of all sorts, whose adjustment so that it may be endurable is an extraordinarily troublesome matter.

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We all have our prayer-wheels which we set up on the steppes. The indifferent winds come and carry most of them away to gasp out their little lives in the desert, for few reach heaven.

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