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In 1930, Judge Learned Hand, widely regarded as one of the most distinguished judges in our nation’s history, spoke to the Juristic Society at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In his address, “Sources of Tolerance,” he told his listeners

I venture to believe that it is as important to a judge called upon to pass on a question of constitutional law, to have at least a bowing acquaintance with Acton and Maitland, with Thucydides, Gibbon, and Carlyle, with Homer, Dante, Shakespeare and Milton, with Machiavelli, Montaigne and Rabelais, with Plato, Bacon, Hume and Kant, as with the books which have been specifically written on the subject.

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