Fragile as reason is and limited as law is as the institutionalised medium of reason, that's all we have between us and the tyranny of mere will and the cruelty of unbridled, undisciplined feelings.
Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
As a member of this court I am not justified in writing my private notions of policy into the Constitution, no matter how deeply I may cherish them or how mischievous I may deem their disregard.
The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself and not what we have said about it
Decisions of this Court do not have intrinsic authority
Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep
It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people.
I came into the world a Jew, and although I did not live my life entirely as a Jew, I think it is fitting that I should leave as a Jew. I don't want to turn my back on a great and noble heritage.
Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.
All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them.
The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards
It is anomalous to hold that in order to convict a man the police cannot extract by force what is in his mind, but can extract what is in his stomach.
Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of [achieving] a free society.
Wisdom too often never comes, so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
In a democratic society like ours, relief must come through an aroused popular conscience that sears the conscience of the people's representatives.