Louis Dembitz Brandeis

1856 - 1941

A Quote by Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis on commitment, conviction, crime, government, laws, order, privacy, and security

To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution.

Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856 - 1941)

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A Quote by Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis on liberty, meaning, men, understanding, and zeal

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

Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856 - 1941)

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A Quote by Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis on belief, courage, happiness, independence, liberty, and secrets

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 Dembitz Brandeis (1856 - 1941)

Source: 1927, Whitney v. California

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A Quote by Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis on absence, business, failure, profit, and success

In business, the earning of profit is something more than an incident of success. It is an essential condition of success. It is an essential condition of success because the continued absence of profit itself spells failure.

Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856 - 1941)

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A Quote by Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis on america, belief, happiness, lies, progress, and path

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 Dembitz Brandeis (1856 - 1941)

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A Quote by Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis on boldness, guidance, and reason

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

Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856 - 1941)

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A Quote by Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis on fear, men, oppression, seriousness, speech, and women

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 Dembitz Brandeis (1856 - 1941)

Source: 1927

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A Quote by Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis on evil, experience, freedom, government, liberty, meaning, men, purpose, understanding, and zeal

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856 - 1941)

Source: dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 479 (1928)

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