All Quotations / Quotations from Learned Hand
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...
Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.
The hand that rules the press, the radio, the screen and the far-spread magazine, rules the country.
There is no surer way to misread any document than to read it literally. As nearly as we can, we must put ourselves in the place of those who uttered the words, and try to divine how they would have dealt with the unforeseen situation; and, evidence of what they would have done, they are by no means final.
Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment.