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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1007
AUTHOR: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841–1935)
QUOTATION: It is revolting to have no better reason for a rule of law than that so it was laid down in the time of Henry IV.
ATTRIBUTION: OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, associate justice, supreme court of Massachusetts, address delivered at the dedication of the new hall of Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, January 8, 1897.—Holmes, Address Delivered at the Dedication…, p. 18 (1897).