I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)
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The power to tax is not the power to destroy while this Court sits.
Source: Panhandle Oil Co. v. Knox, 1928
The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power. The prize of the general is not a bigger tent, but command.
Source: Law and the Court
If a man hasn't got plenty of good common sense, the more science he has the worse for his patient.
Nothing is so frequent as to mistake an ordinary human gift for a special and extraordinary endowment.
Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.
Source: Compañia de Tobacos v. Collector, 1904
Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him.
If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought; not free thought for those who agree with us, but freedom for the thought that we hate.
The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to be all one.
Source: Speech at Bar Association Dinner, Boston, 1900
Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.
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