Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
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The words of the Constitution are so unrestricted by their intrinsic meaning or by their history or by tradition or by prior decisions that they leave the individual Justice free, if indeed they do not compel him, to gather meaning not from reading the Constitution but from reading life.
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To some lawyers, all facts are created equal.
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Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.
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Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.
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We forget that the most successful statesmen have been professionals. Lincoln was a professional politician.
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There can be no security where there is fear.
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Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
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Frankfurter, Felix

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