To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well
The Constitution is not a panacea for every blot upon the public welfare, nor should this Court, ordained as a judicial body, be thought of as a general haven for reform movements
Indeed, in a free government almost all other rights would become worthless if the government possessed power over the private fortune of every citizen
The law does not expect a man to be prepared to defend every act of his life which may be suddenly and without notice alleged against him
. . . a constitution, intended toendure for ages to come, andconsequently, to be adapted to thevarious crises of human affairs.
The Constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.
An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.
The power to tax is the power to destroy.
The people made the Constitution, and the people can unmake it. It is the creature of their own will, and lives only by their will.
The government of the Union, then,... is, emphatically, and truly, a government of the people. In form and in substance it emanates from them. Its powers are granted by them, and are to be exercised directly on them, and for their benefit.
The power to tax involves the power to destroy.
It is the peculiar province of the legislature to prescribe general rules for the government of society; the application of those rules to individuals in society would seem to be the duty of other departments.
Certainly all those who have framed written constitutions contemplate them as forming the fundamental and paramount law of the nation, and consequently the theory of every such government must be, that an act of the legislature, repugnant to the constitution, is void.
A constitution is framed for ages to come, and is designed to approach immortality as nearly as human institutions can approach it.
The acme of judicial distinction means the ability to look a lawyer straight in the eyes for two hours and not hear a damned word he says.