Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Common Law

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  • eadyidihhas quoted6 years ago
    if that is what was meant, it puts the cart before the horse
  • eadyidihhas quoted6 years ago
    examples embodying as many distinct rules, each with its plausible and seemingly sufficient ground of policy to explain it.
  • eadyidihhas quoted6 years ago
    the course of centuries the custom, belief, or necessity disappears, but the rule remains. The reason which gave rise to the rule has been forgotten, and ingenious minds set themselves to inquire how it is to be accounted for. Some ground of policy is thought of, which seems to explain it and to reconcile it with the present state of things; and then the rule adapts itself to the new reasons which have been found for it, and enters on a new career. The old form receives a new content, and in time even the form modifies itself to fit the meaning which it has received.

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