quotes tagged with 'learnedhand'

“The mid-day sun is too much for most eyes; one is dazzled even with its reflection. Be careful that too broad and high an aim does not paralyze your effort and clog your springs of action.”
Author: Billings Learned Hand, Source: unknownSaved by akammerman in goals learnedhand 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
What do we mean when we say that first of all we seek liberty? I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws, 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. And what is this liberty which must lie in the hearts of men and women? It is not the ruthless, the unbridled will; it is not freedom to do as one likes. That is the denial of liberty, and leads straight to its overthrow. A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few; as we have learned to our sorrow.
Author: Billings Learned Hand, Source: P. 190, The Spirit of Liberty (1944)Saved by akammerman in liberty freedom learnedhand 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Proceed. You have my biased attention.
Author: Billings Learned Hand, Source: unknownSaved by akammerman in funny learnedhand 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Justice, I think, is the tolerable accomodation of the conflicting interests of society, and I don't believe there is any royal road to attain such accomodations concretely.
Author: Billings Learned Hand, Source: The Great Judge, by Philip Hamburger (1946) Saved by akammerman in justice learnedhand 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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