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    In truth, I am nothing but a plodding mediocrity — please observe, a plodding mediocrity — for a mere mediocrity does not go very far, but a plodding one gets quite a distance. There is joy in that success, and a distinction can come from courage, fidelity and industry.

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  2. 9

    Justice, though due to the accused, is due the accuser also. The concept of fairness cannot be strained till it is narrowed to a filament. We are to keep our balance true.

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  3. 8

    There are vogues and fashions in jurisprudence as in literature and art and dress.

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  4. 7

    Justice is not to be taken by storm. She is to be wooed by slow advances. Substitute statute for decision, and you shift the center of authority, but add no quota of inspired wisdom.

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  5. 6

    History, in illuminating the past, illuminates the present, and in illuminating the present, illuminates the future.

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  6. 5

    Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.

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  7. 4

    The great ideals of liberty and equality are preserved against the assaults of opportunism, the expediency of the passing hour, the erosion of small encroachments, the scorn and derision of those who have no patience with general principles.

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  8. 3

    The Constitution was framed upon the theory that the peoples of the several states must sink or swim together, and that in the long run prosperity and salvation are in union and not division.

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  9. 2

    Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more.

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    In the end the great truth will have been learned that the quest is greater than what is sought, the effort finer that the prize (or rather, that the effort is the prize), the victory cheap and hollow were it not for the rigor of the game.

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  11. Last Update: 26 October 2021

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