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On a hot day in Denver, Colorado a friend entered the Chambers of Judge Ben Lindsey to find him sipping a cup of steaming cup of coffee. ‘Why don’t you try something cooling Judge? He asked ‘Have you ever tried chilled gin and ginger ale?’ To this Judge Lindsey replied, ‘but I’ve tried a lot of fellows who have.’
When Oliver Wendell Holmes was still in the US Supreme Court Bench, he and Justice Brandeis took walks every afternoon. On one of these occasions Holmes then 92, paused to gaze in frank admiration at a beautiful girl who passed them. He even turned to look at her as she continued down the street. Then turning to Brandeis he sighed, ‘Ah, what wouldn’t I give to be seventy again!’
Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black in his sixties was one of the most avid tennis players in Washington. ‘Don’t you think six sets of tennis in one day is too much for a man of 66?’ one of his friends asked him.
‘When I was 40,’replied Justice Black, ‘my doctors advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn’t play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.’
When a lawyer asked US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall’s personal advice because he had reached ‘the acme of judicial distinction’ Marshall interrupted. He said, ‘Let me tell you what that means, young man. The acme of judicial distinction means the ability to look a lawyer straight in the eye for two hours and not hear a damned word he says.’ (quoted by Albert Beveridge)
CP Ramaswamy Iyer one of the most brilliant lawyers in India (and later a Dewan of the State of Travancore) declined an offer of a judgeship early in his career. When asked why he wrote to the Chief Justice that he preferred ‘to talk nonsense for a few hours each day rather than hear nonsense all day long.’


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