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Louis D. Brandeis

Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-11-13 1941-10-03) was an important American litigator, Supreme Court Justice, advocate of privacy, and developer of the Brandeis Brief.
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In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.

Louis D. Brandeis

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.

Louis D. Brandeis

Nearly all legislation involves a weighing of public needs as against private desires; and likewise a weighing of relative social values.

Louis D. Brandeis

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.

Louis D. Brandeis

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.

Louis D. Brandeis

The logic of words should yield to the logic of realities.

Louis D. Brandeis

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

Louis D. Brandeis

Oraganisation can never be a substitue for initiative and for judgement.

Louis D. Brandeis

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

Louis D. Brandeis

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

Louis D. Brandeis

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.

Louis D. Brandeis

Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its example.

Louis D. Brandeis

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.

Louis D. Brandeis

Neutrality is at times a graver sin than belligerence.

Louis D. Brandeis

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.

Louis D. Brandeis

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.

Louis D. Brandeis

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.

Louis D. Brandeis

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

Louis D. Brandeis

There are no shortcuts in evolution.

Louis D. Brandeis

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.

Louis D. Brandeis

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

Louis D. Brandeis

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.

Louis D. Brandeis

Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.

Louis D. Brandeis

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.

Louis D. Brandeis

To declare that the end justifies the means, to declare that the government may commit crimes, would bring terrible retribution.

Louis D. Brandeis
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