Quotation by William Howard Taft

If the justices would only retire when they have become burdens to the court itself, or when they recognize themselves that their faculties have become impaired, I would grieve sincerely when they passed away, and you would not feel like such a hypocrite as you do when you are going through the formality of sending telegrams of condolence and giving out interviews for propriety's sake.
William Howard Taft (1857–1930), U.S. president. Letter, Butt to his sister-in-law, Clara F. Butt, July 5, 1910. Archie Butt, Taft and Roosevelt: The Intimate Letters of Archie Butt, Military Aide, 2: 433, Doubleday, Doran & Company (1930).
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