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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1006
AUTHOR: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841–1935)
QUOTATION: It cannot be helped, it is as it should be, that the law is behind the times.
ATTRIBUTION: Justice OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, speech at Harvard Law School Association of New York, New York City, February 15, 1913.—Speeches by Oliver Wendell Holmes, p. 101 (1934).