Learned Hand Quotes

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Thou shalt not ration justice.
— Learned Hand


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


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


Justice is the tolerable accommodation of the conflicting interests of society.
— Learned Hand
Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.
— Learned Hand

action answers life

This much I think I do know—that a society so riven that the spirit of moderation is gone, no court can save.


A wise man once said, Convention is like the shell to the chick, a protection till he is strong enough to break it through.
— Learned Hand
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.
— Learned Hand

life decision-making

Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming...from those, the mass of us, who take their virtues and their tastes, like their shirts and their furniture, from the limited patterns which the market offers.