“Think that ye may be mistaken”

“I beseech ye in the bowels of Christ, think that ye may be mistaken.” I should like to have that written over the portals of every church, every school, and every courthouse, and, may I say, of every legislative body in the United States. I should like to have every court begin, “I beseech ye in the bowels of Christ, I think we may be mistaken.”

Learned Hand, “Morals in Public Life” (1951)

(Hand was a Judge of United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1924-1961. Here he is quoting a famous expression of Oliver Cromwell in a letter of August 1650 to the general assembly of the Church of Scotland.)

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