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Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming; not from those who rarely and under the lurid glare of obloquy upset our moral complaisance, or shock us with unaccustomed conduct, but from those, the mass of us, who take their virtues and their tastes, like their shirts and their furniture, from the limited patterns which the market offers.

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Source Notes: Source: LEARNED HAND, The Preservation of Personality, commencement address at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, June 2, 1927.Hand, The Spirit of Liberty, ed. Irving Dilliard, p. 26 .

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Billings Learned Hand (January 27, 1872 August 181, 1961) usually called just Learned Hand was a famed American judge and an avid supporter of free speech, though he is most remembered for applying economic reasoning to American tort law. Hand is generally considered to be one of the most influential American judges who never served on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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