But freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order.
Civil liberties had their origin and must find their ultimate guaranty in the faith of the people. If that faith should be lost, five or nine men in Washington could not long supply its want.
The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty, and reputation, than any other person in America.
Men are more often bribed by their loyalties and ambitions than by money.
If we can cultivate in the world the idea that aggressive war-making is the way to the prisoner's dock rather than the way to honors, we will have accomplished something toward making the peace more secure.
The power of citizenship as a shield against oppression was widely known from the example of Paul's Roman citizenship, which sent the centurion scurrying to his higher-ups with the message: Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman.
Our protection against all kinds of fanatics and extremists, none of whom can be trusted with unlimited power over others, lies not in their forbearance but in the limitations of our Constitution.
The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion it will cease to be free for religion - except for the sect that can win political power.
Government of limited power need not be anemic government. Assurance that rights are secure tends to diminish fear and jealousy of strong government, and by making us feel safe to live under it makes for its better support.
We set up government by consent of the governed, and the Bill of Rights denies those in power any legal opportunity to coerce that consent. Authority here is to be controlled by public opinion, not public opinion by authority.
No penance would ever expiate the sin against free government of holding that a President can escape control of executive powers by law through assuming his military role.
It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.
It is in the country's best interest that Tony Blair rather than Michael Howard should form the next government.
For a century every contest with the Supreme Court has ended in evading the basic inconsistency between popular government and judicial supremacy.
Had the jury convicted on proper instructions it would be the end of the matter. But juries are not bound by what seems inescapable logic to judges.