Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment.
I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it...
Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.
The aim of law is the maximum gratification of the nervous system of man
The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it
It is enough that we set out to mold the motley stuff of life into some form of our own choosing; when we do, the performance is itself the wage.
Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us.
The art of publicity is a black art; but it has come to stay, and every year adds to its potency.
In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy.
How long shall we blunder along without the aid of unpartisan and authoritative scientific assistance in the administration of justice, no one knows; but all fair persons not conventionalized by provincial legal habits of mind ought, I should think, unite to effect some change.
Heretics have been hated from the beginning of recorded time; they have been ostracized, exiled, tortured, maimed, and butchered; but it has generally proved impossible to smother them; and when it has not, the society that has succeeded has always declined.
No doubt one may quote history to support any cause, as the devil quotes scripture.
Justice, I think, is the tolerable accomodation of the conflicting interests of society, and I don't believe there is any royal road to attain such accomodations concretely.
It is still in the lap of the gods whether a society can succeed which is based on civil liberties and human rights conceived as I have tried to describe them; but of one thing at least we may be sure: the alternatives that have so far appeared have been immeasurably worse.
A self-made man may prefer a self-made name.
Right knows no boundaries, and justice no frontiers; the brotherhood of man is not a domestic institution.
A wise man once said, Convention is like the shell to the chick, a protection till he is strong enough to break it through.
With the courage which only comes of justified self-confidence, he dared to rest his case upon its strongest point, and so avoided that appearance of weakness and uncertainty which comes of a clutter of arguments. Few lawyers are willing to do this; it is the mark of the most distinguished talent.
The public needs the equivalent of Chevrolets as well as Cadillacs.
The mid-day sun is too much for most eyes; one is dazzled even with its reflection. Be careful that too broad and high an aim does not paralyze your effort and clog your springs of action.
It lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.
You cannot raise the standard against oppression, or leap into the breach to relieve injustice, and still keep an open mind to every disconcerting fact, or an open ear to the cold voice of doubt.
The mutual confidence on which all else depends can be maintained only by an open mind and a brave reliance upon free discussion.
I had rather take my chance that some traitors will escape detection than spread abroad a spirit of general suspicion and distrust, which accepts rumor and gossip in place of undismayed and unintimidated inquiry.