The Wide Margin — J. Reuben Clark Jr.

Liberty Letters Quote of the Day, J. Reuben Clark Jr.

Tradition has it that Solon, the great law-giver declared in reply to the taunt “Are these the best laws you can devise?” No! but they are the best the Greeks can bear!”

There is always a wide margin between the theoretically perfect and the practically enforceable law.

J. Reuben Clark Jr. (1871–1961), served as a mem­ber of the First Pres­i­dency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1931–1961. Prior to his full-time church ser­vice he was assis­tant solic­i­tor to the State Depart­ment, worked in the Attor­ney General’s office, Under Sec­re­tary of State, the author of the clas­sic study, the “Clark Mem­o­ran­dum on the Mon­roe Doc­trine” and U.S. ambas­sador to Mex­ico. Among those who knew his work best, J. Reuben Clark was rec­og­nized as the fore­most con­sti­tu­tional scholar of the 20th Century.