Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., (1841-1935) US Supreme Court Justice, also known as "The Great Dissenter"

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Quote

“The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Falsely attributed. Various permutations of this quote have been incorrectly attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Original version written by Zechariah Chafee, "Freedom of Speech in Wartime", 32 Harvard Law Review 932, 957 (1919).

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Ahh yes ! A real mind movie illustrating a lawful depiction of rights. By way of further example: rights for one (individually or in concert) do not include compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, government larceny with impunity, or voter fraud of another.

E Archer, NYC

Such is the Common Law -- as opposed to the Uniform Commercial Code which criminalizes and taxes a man's fist whether it is swinging or not.

Mike, Norwalk

(-; Archer, you made me smile, I like it ;-)


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