William O. Douglas

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Born Sunday 16 October 1898, died Saturday 19 January 1980

Occupation: Judge

Nationality: American

Literature should not be suppressed merely because it offends the moral code of the censor.

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The right to revolt has sources deep in our history.

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No patent medicine was ever put to wider and more varied use than the Fourteenth Amendment.

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The 5th Amendment is an old friend and a good friend. one of the great landmarks in men's struggle to be free of tyranny, to be decent and civilized.

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Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a judge that Nixon wants back.

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Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.

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The critical point is that the Constitution places the right of silence beyond the reach of government.

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The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.

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We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.

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We do not sit as a superlegislature to weigh the wisdom of legislation.

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It seemed to me that I had barely reached the Court when people were trying to get me off.

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The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.

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At the constitutional level where we work, 90 percent of any decision is emotional. The rational part of us supplies the reasons for supporting our predilections.

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One who comes to the Court must come to adore, not to protest. That's the new gloss on the 1st Amendment.

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Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?

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Common sense often makes good law.

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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.

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We who have the final word can speak softly or angrily. We can seek to challenge and annoy, as we need not stay docile and quiet.

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The liberties of none are safe unless the liberties of all are protected.

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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.

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