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The common law is not a brooding omnipresence in the sky, but the articulate voice of some sovereign or quasi sovereign that can be identified; although some decisions with which I have disagreed seem to me to have forgotten the fact.
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (more quotes by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. or books by/about Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)
(1841-1935) US Supreme Court Justice, also known as "The Great Dissenter"
Southern Pacific Company v. Jensen 244 U.S. 205, 222 (1917) (Holmes, J., dissenting; opinion published (21 May 1917).