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The late Mr. Justice Holmes once divided good lawyers into “razors” and “good kitchen knives.” Doubtless this omits many other varieties—guillotines (like Cecil Radcliffe), rapiers with not much edge but the finest points (like John Sparrow), etc., but under that classification Herbert Hart is a slender bread-knife. . .
–Isaiah Berlin, in a letter to Henry Price, Dec. 18, 1944 in: Isaiah Berlin Letters: 1928-1946, p. 511 (H. Hardy ed. 2004).
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“Civilization masks us with a screen, from ourselves and from one another, with thin depth of unreality. We habitually live — do we not? — in a world self-created, half established, of false values arbitrarily upheld, largely inspired by misconception, misapprehension, wrong perspective, and defective proportion, misapplication.”