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Root for the Law?

Toward the end of his life, Elihu Root was often visited by a young man named Sol M. Linowitz who would read to him.

One day Root asked Linowitz what he planned to do with his life. "I'm not sure," Linowitz replied. "Maybe I'll be a rabbi or perhaps a lawyer." "Be a lawyer," Root advised. "A lawyer needs twice as much religion as a rabbi!"

[Linowitz took Root's advice and became a distinguished lawyer and a roving ambassador in the Carter administration.]

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