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At the constitutional level where we work, 90 percent of any decision is emotional. The rational part of us supplies the reasons for supporting our predilections.

William Orville Douglas

Common sense often makes good law.

William Orville Douglas

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance.

William Orville Douglas

It seemed to me that I had barely reached the Court when people were trying to get me off.

William Orville Douglas

Literature should not be suppressed merely because it offends the moral code of the censor.

William Orville Douglas

Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.

William Orville Douglas

No patent medicine was ever put to wider and more varied use than the Fourteenth Amendment.

William Orville Douglas

One who comes to the Court must come to adore, not to protest. That’s the new gloss on the 1st Amendment.

William Orville Douglas

Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?

William Orville Douglas

Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a judge that Nixon wants back.

William Orville Douglas

The 5th Amendment is an old friend and a good friend. one of the great landmarks in men’s struggle to be free of tyranny, to be decent and civilized.

William Orville Douglas

The association promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects. Yet it is an association for as noble a purpose as any involved in any prior decisions.

William Orville Douglas

The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.

William Orville Douglas

The critical point is that the Constitution places the right of silence beyond the reach of government.

William Orville Douglas

The liberties of none are safe unless the liberties of all are protected.

William Orville Douglas

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.

William Orville Douglas

The right to revolt has sources deep in our history.

William Orville Douglas

We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.

William Orville Douglas

We do not sit as a superlegislature to weigh the wisdom of legislation.

William Orville Douglas

We who have the final word can speak softly or angrily. We can seek to challenge and annoy, as we need not stay docile and quiet.

William Orville Douglas

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