Benjamin Cardozo

1870 - 1938

A Quote by Benjamin Nathan Cardozo on memory and writing

As I search the archives of my memory I seem to discern six types or methods [of judicial writing] which divide themselves from one another with measurable distinctness. There is the type magisterial or imperative; the type laconic or sententious; the type conversational or homely; the type refined or artificial, smelling of the lamp, verging at times upon preciosity or euphuism; the demonstrative or persuasive; and finally the type tonsorial or agglutinative, so called from the shears and the pastepot which are its implements and emblem.

Benjamin Cardozo (1870 - 1938)

Source: Law and Literature, 1931

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A Quote by Benjamin Nathan Cardozo on freedom

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

Benjamin Cardozo (1870 - 1938)

Source: Palko v. Connecticut, 302 U.S. 319, 327, 1937

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A Quote by Benjamin Nathan Cardozo on constitution, prosperity, salvation, and theory

[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.

Benjamin Cardozo (1870 - 1938)

Source: Baldwin v. Seelig, 294 U.S. 511, 523, 1935

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A Quote by Benjamin Nathan Cardozo on certainty, faith, honesty, men, and sacrifice

What has once been settled by a precedent will not be unsettled overnight, for certainty and uniformity are gains not lightly sacrificed. Above all is this true when honest men have shaped their conduct on the faith of the pronouncement.

Benjamin Cardozo (1870 - 1938)

Source: The Paradoxes of Legal Science

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