• Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it . . .” ~Judge Learned Hand
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  • “We have gathered here to affirm a faith, a faith in a common purpose, a common conviction, a common devotion. Some of us have chosen America as the land of our adoption; the rest have come from those who did the same . . . We sought liberty; freedom from oppression, freedom from want, freedom to be ourselves . . .” ~Judge Learned Hand, from speech, ‘The Spirit of Liberty,’ May 21, 1944, which was reprinted in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Life Magazine and Readers Digest
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  • “That community is already in the process of dissolution . . . where faith in the eventual supremacy of reason has become so timid that we dare not enter our conviction in the open.” ~Judge Learned Hand, commenting on the danger of allowing political correctness to intimidate people from voicing their opinions for fear of it being labeled “hate speech”
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  • “By far the most powerful of all the European nations (Russia) had been a convert to Communism for over thirty years; its leaders were the most devoted and potent proponents of the faith; no such movement in Europe of East to West had arisen since Islam.” ~Judge Learned Hand, Comparing Communism with Islam
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  • “Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes … Nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.” ~Judge Learned Hand In Gregory v. Helvering (2d Cir. 1934)
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  • “I confess it seems to me that we are pretty plainly headed for some fairly comprehensive collectivist ordering of industry; people don’t want it . . . Can you have a collectivist democracy? The future has all sorts of creatures in its womb . . . There seems to me great obstacles; a society in which the individual’s fate is completely in the hands of the government can scarcely manifest itself as a succession of resultants of ‘pressure groups’ – it won’t stand up.” ~Judge Learned Hand, in letter to Justice Felix Frankfurter, March 24, 1945
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  • “Liberty lies in the hearts of men & women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.”~Judge Learned Hand
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