Repose Not the Destiny of Lawyers


Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

My partner, Mark Prak, first made me aware of the following, which comes from “The Path of Law,” an article Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. published in the Harvard Law Review in 1897. Mark and I have had many occasions to observe that this is the prime fundament underlying law practice  management:

The training of lawyers is a training in logic. The processes of analogy, discrimination, and deduction are those in which they are most at home. … And the logical method and form flatter that longing for certainty and for repose which is in every human mind. But certainty generally is an illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man.

I might add a comment but, already, I see the error of that.

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