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The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
—  Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis
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.
—  Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis
I rise early because no day is long enough for a day's work.
—  Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis
In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.
—  Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis
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.
—  Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis
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.
—  Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis
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.
—  Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis
Our government ... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
—  Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis
The most important political office is that of private citizen.
—  Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis
Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.
—  Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis
If we would guide by the light of reason we must let our minds be bold.
—  Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis
If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.
—  Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis

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