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James Fitzjames Stephen
1829 - 1894

Lawyer, professor and judge, principle draftee of the Criminal Code of Canada (1892), author of History of the Criminal Law (1883), Liberty, Equality, Fraternity (1873) and other works. The latter book has endured as the classic refutation of John Stuart Mills' On Liberty and the precepts of classical liberalism.

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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: And Three Brief Essays
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We stand on a mountain pass in the midst of whirling snow and blinding mist, through which we get glimpses now and then of paths which may be deceptive. If we stand still, we shall be frozen to death. If we take the wrong road, we shall be dashed to pieces. We do not certainly know whether there is any right one. What must we do? 'Be strong and of a good courage.' Act for the best, hope for the best, and take what comes. Above all, let us dream no dreams, and tell no lies, but go our way, wherever it may lead, with our eyes open and our heads erect.

1873 - from Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
There are a vast number of matters in respect of which men ought not to be free; they are fundamentally unequal, and they are not brothers at all ...

1873 - from Liberty, Equality, Fraternity