Quote from Judge Learned Hand,
"I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon law 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; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no courts to save it."
Judge Learned Hand (more quotes by Judge Learned Hand or books by/about Judge Learned Hand)
(1872-1961), Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals
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