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When twenty years ago a vague terror went over the earth and the word socialism began to be heard, I thought and still think that fear was translated into doctrines that had no proper place in the Constitution or the common law. Judges are apt to be naif, simple-minded men, and they need something of Mephistopheles. We too need education in the obvious to learn to transcend our own convictions and to leave room for much that we hold dear to be done away with short of revolution by the orderly change of law.

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Source Notes: Source: Justice OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, speech at Harvard Law School Association of New York, New York City, February 15, 1913.Speeches by Oliver Wendell Holmes, p. 101 .

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