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Brandeis, Louis D.

  • The federal Constitution is perhaps the greatest of human experiments.

  • Fear of serious injury cannot alone justify suppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burned women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational free.

  • Democracy is moral before it is political.

  • If we would guide by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold.

  • There is in most Americans some spark of idealism, which can be fanned into a flame. It takes sometimes a divining rod to find what it is; but when found, and that means often, when disclosed to the owners, the results are often most extraordinary.

  • There must be reasonable restrictions upon competition else we shall see competition destroyed.

  • Democracy substitutes self-restraint for external restraint. It is more difficult to maintain than to achieve.

  • Getting an advantage at the expense of somebody else--that really is what graft is.

  • Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards. They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty.

  • Discrimination is the act of treating differently two persons or things, under like circumstances.

  • Self-respect and prosperity are the most effective guardians of morals.