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Learned Hand
Chief Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In office
September 1, 1948 â€“ June 1, 1951
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Thomas Walter Swan
Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In office
December 20, 1924 â€“ June 1, 1951
Appointed by Calvin Coolidge
Preceded by Julius Marshuetz Mayer
Succeeded by Harold Medina
Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
April 26, 1909 â€“ December 20, 1924
Appointed by William Howard Taft
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Thomas D. Thacher
Personal details
Born Billings Learned Hand
(1872-01-27)January 27, 1872
Albany, New York, U.S.
Died August 18, 1961(1961-08-18) (aged 89)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic (Before 1900)
Republican (1900–1912)
Progressive (1912–1916)
Spouse(s) Frances Amelia Fincke
Children 3
Alma mater Harvard University

No doubt one may quote history to support any cause, as the devil quotes scripture.
Learned Hand
In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy.
The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.
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The art of publicity is a black art; but it has come to stay, and every year adds to its potency.
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Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment.
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.
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Words are not pebbles in alien juxtaposition.
The aim of law is the maximum gratification of the nervous system of man.
What to an outsider will be no more than the vigorous presentation of a conviction, to an employee may be the manifestation of a determination which it is not safe to thwart.
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The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.
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You cannot raise the standard against oppression, or leap into the breach to relieve injustice, and still keep an open mind to every disconcerting fact, or an open ear to the cold voice of doubt.
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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.
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It lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.
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Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.
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It is enough that we set out to mold the motley stuff of life into some form of our own choosing; when we do, the performance is itself the wage.
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A self-made man may prefer a self-made name.
Thou shalt not ration justice.
We may win when we lose, if we have done what we can; for by so doing we have made real at least some part of that finished product in whose fabrication we are most concerned: ourselves.
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If we are to keep democracy, there must be a commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice.
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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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Right knows no boundaries, and justice no frontiers; the brotherhood of man is not a domestic institution.
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I shall ask no more than that 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.
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