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Louis D. Brandeis



    If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.

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    The most important political office is that of the private citizen.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.

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    There are no shortcuts in evolution.

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    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.

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    Men long for an afterlife in which there apparently is nothing to do but delight in heaven's wonders.

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    Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal well meaning but without understanding.

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