It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals.
As a member of this court I am not justified in writing my private notions of policy into the Constitution, no matter how deeply I may cherish them or how mischievous I may deem their disregard.
We forget that the most successful statesmen have been professionals. Lincoln was a professional politician.
Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.
Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess.
Answers are not obtained by putting the wrong question and thereby begging the real one.
Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.
All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them.
It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people.
I came into the world a Jew, and although I did not live my life entirely as a Jew, I think it is fitting that I should leave as a Jew. I don't want to turn my back on a great and noble heritage.
The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of achieving a free society.
To some lawyers, all facts are created equal.
I don't like a man to be too efficient. He's likely to be not human enough.
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