03/22/06 - learned hand

In today's excerpt - a sampling of the wisdom of Learned Hand, judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the so-called 'most important judge never to sit on the Supreme Court':

"A wise man once said, 'Convention is like the shell to a chick, a protection till he is strong enough to break through."

The Preservation of Personality 1927 p. 32

"I shall ask no more of you than you agree with Dean Inge that even though counting heads is not an ideal way to govern, at least it is better than breaking them."

Democracy:  Its Presumptions and Realities 1932 p. 92

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

On Receiving an Honorary Degree 1939 p. 137

"Right knows no boundaries, and justice no frontiers; the brotherhood of man is not a domestic institution.

"A Pledge of Allegiance 1945 p. 143


Learned Hand


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