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NUMBER: 1037
AUTHOR: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841–1935)
QUOTATION: Great constitutional provisions must be administered with caution. Some play must be allowed for the joints of the machine, and it must be remembered that legislatures are ultimate guardians of the liberties and welfare of the people in quite as great a degree as the courts.
ATTRIBUTION: Justice OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company v. May, 194 U.S. 270 (1904).
SUBJECTS: Legislature