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Louis D. Brandeis [1856-1941]

Justice on U.S. Supreme Court, 1916-39

Louis Dembitz Brandeis was born in Louisville, Kentucky and studied in Germany and at Harvard University. He settled in Boston, Massachusetts and practiced law until appointed in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson to the United States Supreme Court, where he served for almost 23 years.       

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• • “We can have a democratic society or we can have a concentration of great wealth
in the hands of a few. We cannot have both.” (as quoted by Ralph Nader)  {Issue #26}
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• • “The only title in our democracy that is superior to that of President is that of citizen.”  {blog 11/2007}
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• • “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.”  {blog 2/2016}
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• • “The world presents enough problems if you believe it to be a world of law and order; do not add to them
by believing it to be a world of miracles.”  {blog 3/2016}
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• • “I abhor averages. I like the individual case. A man may have six meals one day and none the next, making an average
of three meals per day, but that is not a good way to live.”  {blog 5/2016}
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• • “The logic of words should yield to the logic of realities.”  {blog 6/2016}
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• • “Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.”  {blog 8/2016}
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• • “Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.”  {blog 9/2016}
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• • “The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”  {blog 11/2016}
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• • “Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.”  {blog 3/2017}

Louis D. Brandeis Quotations Not Yet Used on Blog

"Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,
electric light the most efficient policeman."

"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."

"In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wise governmental action."

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