Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Have you tried Wikiquote.org? This site contains a great number of quotable quotes and a search engine to help you locate what you are looking for. For example, if you search “Oliver Wendell Holmes,” the first quote you find is:
- Get down, you fool!
- Assertion famously directed at then-President Abraham Lincoln when he came under enemy fire at Fort Stevens during the American Civil War, as quoted in Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2005) by Doris Kearns Goodwin, p. 643.
If you search “Judges,” you can find this quotation from Justice Cardozo:
- There is in each of us a stream of tendency, whether you choose to call it philosophy or not, which gives coherence and direction to thought and action. Judges cannot escape that current any more than other mortals. All their lives, forces which they do not recognize and cannot name, have been tugging at them — inherited instincts, traditional beliefs, acquired convictions; and the resultant is an outlook on life, a conception of social needs. ... In this mental background every problem finds it setting. We may try to see things as objectively as we please. None the less, we can never see them with any eyes except our own.
- Benjamin N. Cardozo, The Nature of the Judicial Process (1921), p. 12-13.
Alas, not all quotes give pinpoint cites.