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Obiter Dicta
From Justice Holmes

July 2024
1min read

Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have enough of it.

A man may have as bad a heart as he chooses, if his conduct is within the rules.

If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought—not free thought for those who agree with us, but freedom for the thought we hate.

No result is easy which is worth having.

Mob law does not become due process of law by securing the assent of a terrorized jury.

I cannot for a moment believe that, apart from the Eighteenth Amendment, special constitutional principles exist against strong drink. The fathers of the Constitution, so far as I know, approved it.

Historic continuity with the past is not a duty, it is only a necessity.

There is in all men a demand for the superlative, so much so that the poor devil who has no other way of reaching it attains it by getting drunk.

To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.

No man can go far who never sets down his foot until he knows that the sidewalk is under it.

When a great tree falls, we are surprised to see how meagre the landscape seems without it. So when a great man dies.

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