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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 128 of the American jurist James Coolidge Carter’s posthumously published and unfortunately neglected 1907 volume, Law: Its Origin, Growth and Function:

How poor the conclusions of the wisest of lawyers gathered from their own original reflections when compared with those garnered up in the actual customs of life!  And how wretchedly poor in comparison are the written commands of the Sovereign State so far as they relate to conduct and manners, coloured and affected as they are with the ignorance, passion, and self-interest with which legislative bodies are filled!