One who comes to the Court must come to adore, not to protest. That's the new gloss on the 1st Amendment.
Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance.
The great and invigorating influences in American life have been the unorthodox the people who challenge an existing institution or way of life, or say and do things that make people think.
Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do. They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty.
It seemed to me that I had barely reached the Court when people were trying to get me off.
The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.
We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.
The association promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects. Yet it is an association for as noble a purpose as any involved in any prior decisions.
Religious experiences which are as real as life to some may be incomprehensible to others.
The right to dissent is the only thing that makes life tolerable for a judge of an appellate court.. The affairs of government could not be conducted by democratic standards without it.
The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth.
The Court's great power is its ability to educate, to provide moral leadership.
The struggle is always between the individual and his sacred right to express himself and the power structure that seeks conformity, suppression, and obedience.
The critical point is that the Constitution places the right of silence beyond the reach of government.