This is not exactly from the bench, but it is Karl Llewelyn's very elegant statement on law:
"The drama of society: each opinion a human document; each case a human struggle, warmth of life; each changing rule a motion of the giant whose hands control your destiny and mine... I say in these things there is poetry, in these things there is life, in these things there is beauty. If this be not culture, I do not know where to find it. Nor do poetry, drama, culture, play alone among the kings."