Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.
We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.
America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.
Nearly all legislation involves a weighing of public needs as against private desires and likewise a weighing of relative social values.
Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
There are no shortcuts in evolution.
The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.
Organization can never be a substitute for initiative and for judgment.
We shall have lost something vital and beyond price on the day when the state denies us the right to resort to force...
Our government teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
I abhor averages. I like the individual case. A man may have six meals one day and none the next, making an average of three meals per day, but that is not a good way to live.
Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.
Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
Those who won our independence... valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
Organisation can never be a substitute for initiative and for judgement.
The logic of words should yield to the logic of realities.
If we would guide by the light of reason we must let our minds be bold.
If you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be so much easier for you.
To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution.
Neutrality is at times a graver sin than belligerence.
We are not won by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper; by the manner, which is the man himself.
The world presents enough problems if you believe it to be a world of law and order; do not add to them by believing it to be a world of miracles.
Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.
In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.