Hugo LaFayette Black

1886 - 1971

A Quote by Hugo LaFayette Black

An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public aflfairs is what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the First Amendment.

Hugo LaFayette Black (1886 - 1971)

Source: New York Times Company v. Sullivan, 376 US 254, 1964

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A Quote by Hugo LaFayette Black on church

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The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.

Hugo LaFayette Black (1886 - 1971)

Source: Everson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. 1, 1947

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A Quote by Hugo LaFayette Black on belief, men, purpose, and words

It is my belief that there are "absolutes" in our Bill of Rights, and that they were put there on purpose by men who knew what words meant and meant their prohibitions to be "absolutes."

Hugo LaFayette Black (1886 - 1971)

Source: Interview Before the American Jewish Congress, April 14, 1962

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A Quote by Hugo LaFayette Black on belief

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I am for the First Amendment from the first word to the last. I believe it means what it says.

Hugo LaFayette Black (1886 - 1971)

Source: Interview Before the American Jewish Congress, April 14, 1962

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A Quote by Hugo LaFayette Black on change, constitution, enemies, friendship, revolution, speech, and tyranny

The Framers [of the Constitution] knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.

Hugo LaFayette Black (1886 - 1971)

Source: 1960, Address at the New York University School of Law

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A Quote by Hugo LaFayette Black on freedom, people, speech, and words

My view is, without deviation, without exception, without any ifs, buts, or whereases, that freedom of speech means that you shall not do something to people either for the views they have or the views they express or the words they speak or write.

Hugo LaFayette Black (1886 - 1971)

Source: Interview Before the American Jewish Congress, April 14, 1962

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A Quote by Hugo LaFayette Black on constitution, duty, laws, life, persuasion, planning, and responsibility

No higher duty, or more solemn responsibility, rests upon this Court than that of translating into living law and maintaining this constitutional shield deliberately planned and inscribed for the benefit of every human being subject to our Constitution - of whatever race, creed or persuasion.

Hugo LaFayette Black (1886 - 1971)

Source: Chambers v. Florida, 309 U.S. 227, 1938

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A Quote by Hugo LaFayette Black on happiness, life, paradox, pleasure, and purpose

It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.

Hugo LaFayette Black (1886 - 1971)

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