A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company

— Charles Evans Hughes

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We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is, and the judiciary is the safeguard of our property and our liberty and our property under the Constitution.


Each man begins with his own world to conquer, and his education is the measure of his conquest.


War should be made a crime, and those who instigate it should be punished as criminals.


Selfishness and demagoguery take advantage of liberty.

The selfish hand constantly seeks to control government, and every increase of governmental power, even to meet just needs, furnishes opportunity for abuse and stimulates the effort to bend it to improper uses.


The first lesson in civics is that efficient government begins at home.


Our institutions were not devised to bring about uniformity of opinion;

if they had we might well abandon hope. It is important to remember, as has well been said, 'the essential characteristic of true liberty is that under its shelter many different types of life and character and opinion and belief can develop unmolested and unobstructed.'


The greater the importance to safeguarding the community from incitements to the overthrow of our institutions by force and violence, the more imperative is the need to preserve the constitutional rights of free speech, free press and free assembly in order to maintain the opportunity for free political discussion.


The liberty of the press is not confined to newspapers and periodicals.

It necessarily embraces pamphlets and leaflets.


Dissents are appeals to the brooding spirit of the law, to the intelligence of another day.


While democracy must have its organizations and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty.


When we deal with questions relating to principles of law and their applications, we do not suddenly rise into a stratosphere of icy certainty.


The Constitution is what the judges say it is.


About Charles Evans Hughes

Quotes 25 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Judge
Birthday October 16

Publicity is a great purifier because it sets in action the forces of public opinion, and in this country public opinion controls the courses of the nation.


The power of administrative bodies to make finding of fact which may be treated as conclusive, if there is evidence both ways, is a power of enormous consequence. An unscrupulous administrator might be tempted to say "Let me find the facts for the people of my country, and I care little who lays down the general principles."


Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the restrictions imposed upon power granted or reserved. The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its grants of power to the federal government and its limitations of the power of the States were determined in the light of emergency, and they are not altered by emergency.


It is the essence of the institutions of liberty that it be recognized that guilt is personal and cannot be attributed to the holding of opinions or to mere intent in the absence of overt acts.


Every young man should aim at independence and should prepare himself for a vocation; above all, he should so manage his life that the steps of his progress are taken without improper aids; that he calls no one master, that he does not win or deserve the reputation of being a tool of others, and that if called to public service he may assume its duties with the satisfaction of knowing that he is free to rise to the height of his opportunity.


In a number of cases dissenting opinions have in time become the law.


The Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal will take care of themselves.

Look after the courts of the poor, who stand most in need of justice. The security of the republic will be found in the treatment of the poor and the ignorant. In indifference to their misery and helplessness lies disaster.


We [the Government] are here not as masters but as servants, we are not here to glory in power, but to attest our loyalty to the commands and restrictions laid down by our sovereign, the people of the United States, in whose name and by whose will we exercise our brief authority.


The peril of this Nation is not in any foreign foe! We, the people, are its power, its peril, and its hope.


I think that it is a fallacy to suppose that helpful cooperation in the future will be assured by the attempted compulsion of an inflexible rule. Rather will such cooperation depend upon the fostering of firm friendships springing from an appreciation of community ideals, interests, and purposes, and such friendships are more likely to be promoted by freedom of conference than by the effort to create hard and fast engagements.


The power to wage war is the power to wage war successfully.


The United States is the greatest law factory the world has ever known.

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