34 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., The Great Dissenter
Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Oliver Wendell was an American Supreme Court jurist who was known for his expertise in the common law. After passing law and completing his degree he started practicing privately. While practicing he also wrote various articles and essays on law which landed him as an editor of the American Law Review. Due to his high law intellect he was appointed at the Massachusetts Supreme Court where he further went on to become the Chief Justice. Within three years of his term as Chief Justice he was appointed at the US Supreme Court. In a short span of time he gained the nickname ‘the Great Dissenter’ due to his habit of frequently opposing the opinions of his fellow justices. His first remarkable opinion was on the regulation of the national economy where he opposed the court’s decision of removing the 60-hour workweek limitation on bakers. Then he set the standards of speech by his logical argument of the significance to limit the freedom of speech and gave many other logical opinions on various significant topics. He also wrote books contributing to the philosophy of law and his most remarkable work was ‘The Common Law’. His writings covered several subjects and viewpoints. Here is a collection of thoughts, quotation and sayings by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.