Judge Learned HandJudge Learned Hand, (1872-1961), Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals

Judge Learned Hand Quote

“All discussion, all debate, all dissidence tends to question and in consequence, to upset existing convictions; that is precisely its purpose and its justification.”

Judge Learned HandJudge Learned Hand
~ Judge Learned Hand

Ratings and Comments

Joe, Rochester, MI

Reston. For this quote you approve of dissidence, and on other quotes you approve of laws to control dissidence. "Contradictions cannot exist." Your premises are flawed.

Jim, Greenbelt, Md.

St. John Perse gives us a lovely quote related in spirit, I think, to Learned Hand's offering: "It is good for a man to be forced from time to time, to listen in silence to opinions which positively infuriate him ; otherwise he will make a pillow of his mind." Slightly inacuurate, I fear.

Neil, College Park, Maryland

I do not know Jim (very, very well) but his efforts here are heroic. In these times, we need more Jims. I think Jim could be the next Thomas Jefferson. Bravo Jim!

Neil, College Park (p.o. Box)

I meant to give Jim 5 stars--- my "stars" are worse than my Jim's "inaccurate" spelling. Sorry, but kudos to Jim and a Free Press. The world expects nothing less from US&A

E Archer, NYC

The last of the saving graces of America.

Ronw13, Oregon

When current orthodoxy thrives upon half truths, and unorthodox whole truth exposes corruption, then there is room for debate. 


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