Benjamin N. Cardozo Quotes & Sayings

15 most famous Benjamin N. Cardozo quotes and sayings (judge). These are the first 10 quotes we have.

Benjamin N. Cardozo Quotes
“The judge is not the knight-errant, roaming at will in pursuit of his own ideal of beauty or of goodness.”
“In law, as in every other branch of knowledge, the truths given by induction tend to form the premises for new deductions. The lawyers and the judges of successive generations do not repeat for themselves the process of verification any more than most of us repeat the demonstrations of the truths of astronomy or physics.”
“Lawsuits are rare and catastrophic experiences for the vast majority of men, and even when the catastrophe ensues, the controversy relates most often not to the law, but to the facts. In countless litigations, the law Is so clear that judges have no discretion.”
“There is in each of us a stream of tendency, whether you choose to call it philosophy or not, which gives coherence and direction to thought and action. Judges cannot escape that current any more than other mortals.”
Benjamin N. Cardozo Quotes
“The constant assumption runs throughout the law that the natural and spontaneous evolutions of habit fix the limits of right and wrong.”
Benjamin N. Cardozo Quotes
“There are vogues and fashions in jurisprudence as in literature and art and dress.”
Benjamin N. Cardozo Quotes
“A trustee is held to something stricter than the morals of the market place. Not honesty alone, but the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive, is then the standard of behavior.”
“History or custom or social utility or some compelling sense of justice or sometimes perhaps a semi-intuitive apprehension of the pervading spirit of our law must come to the rescue of the anxious judge and tell him where to go.”
“I own that it is a good deal of a mystery to me how judges, of all persons in the world, should put their faith in dicta. A brief experience on the bench was enough to reveal to me all sorts of cracks and crevices and loopholes in my own opinions when picked up a few months after delivery and reread with due contrition.”
Benjamin N. Cardozo Quotes
“The Constitution overrides a statute, but a statute, if consistent with the Constitution, overrides the law of judges. In this sense, judge-made law is secondary and subordinate to the law that is made by legislators.”

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