The sorrow with which the entire nation learned of the death of Mr. Justice Cardozo bears witness to the sense of loss felt by the great body of his fellow citizens. Few of the people who mourn him had personal opportunity to know the high qualities of his mind or his saintly character. Yet they truly feel that between him and the thought and spirit of his time there was fundamental sympathy and understanding. In a real sense the cast of his thinking was the product of his age. This awareness of his time was coupled in him with sensitiveness to the aspirations of his fellow men and with restraint born of an inherent humility. Such qualities could not fail to find expression in his judicial acts. Wholly apart from the expressed judgments supporting them, these acts had their impact upon the daily life of his fellows and registered their meaning clearly. So clearly, that thousands of men and women who never knew him and who never read his opinions, feel rightly that the nation has lost a great judge.
Dean G. Acheson,
MR. JUSTICE CARDOZO AND PROBLEMS OF GOVERNMENT,
Mich. L. Rev.
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