William J. Brennan

1906 - 1997

A Quote by Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on government

The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.

William J. Brennan (1906 - 1997)

Source: 1982

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A Quote by Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on attitude, discrimination, doubt, history, nations, practicality, romance, sex, and women

There can be no doubt that our Nation has had a long and unfortunate history of sex discrimination. Traditionally, such discrimination was rationalized by an attitude of "romantic paternalism" which, in practical effect, put women, not on a pedestal, but in a cage.

William J. Brennan (1906 - 1997)

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A Quote by Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on freedom

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We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so, we dilute the freedom this cherished emblem represents.

William J. Brennan (1906 - 1997)

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A Quote by Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on books, sexes, slavery, society, war, and women

Our statute books gradually became laden with gross, stereotyped distinctions between the sexes and, indeed, throughout much of the 19th century the position of women in our society was, in many respects, comparable to that of blacks under the pre-Civil War slave codes.

William J. Brennan (1906 - 1997)

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