Saturday, January 07, 2006

Justice Louis Brandeis quotes

Beth, whose political views often differ from mine, has a great quote by Brandeis on her Blue Star Chronicles today. Here's another of my favorites from this great American.

"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

And another:

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.
-Louis D. Brandeis

And one more:

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

To see more Brandeis quotes click here.

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