Existing rules and principles can give us our present location, our bearings, our latitude and longitude. The inn that shelters for the night is not the journey's end. The law, like the traveler, must be ready for the morrow. It must have a principle of growth.
Justice is not to be taken by storm. She is to be wooed by slow advances.
Law never is, but is always about to be
Prophecy, however honest, is generally a poor substitute for experience.
The risk to be percieved defines the duty to be obeyed
Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more.
The difference is no less real because it is of degree
Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom
We seek to find peace of mind in the word, the formula, the ritual. The hope is illusion.
The prophet and the martyr do not see the hooting throng. Their eyes are fixed on the eternities.
Membership in the bar is a privilege burdened with conditions
I take judge-made law as one of the existing realities of life.
If you ask how he is to know when one interest outweighs another, I can only answer that he must get his knowledge just as the legislator gets it, from experience and study and reflection; in brief, from life itself.
Consequences cannot alter statutes, but may help to fix their meaning.
What has once been settled by a precedent will not be unsettled overnight, for certainty and uniformity are gains not lightly sacrificed. Above all is this true when honest men have shaped their conduct on the faith of the pronouncement.