When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it.— Clarence Darrow
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You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom.
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
To be an effective criminal defense counsel, an attorney must be prepared to be demanding, outrageous, irreverent, blasphemous, a rogue, a renegade, and a hated, isolated, and lonely person - few love a spokesman for the despised and the damned.
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it.
Do you, good people, believe that Adam and Eve were created in the Garden of Eden and that they were forbidden to eat from the tree of knowledge? I do. The church has always been afraid of that tree. It still is afraid of knowledge. Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. So does whiskey. I believe in the brain of man.
I don't like spinach, and I'm glad I don't, because if I liked it I'd eat it, and I just hate it.
I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means.
The efforts of the medical profession in the US to control:.
..its...job it proposes to monopolize. It has been carrying on a vigorous campaign all over the country against new methods and schools of healing because it wants the business...I have watched this medical profession for a long time and it bears watching.
History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history.
It’s not bad people I fear so much as good people.
When a person is sure that he is good, he is nearly hopeless; he gets cruel- he believes in punishment.
Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom
I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.
No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed.
Nothing is so loved by tyrants as obedient subjects.
I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.
The objector and the rebel who raises his voice against what he believes to be the injustice of the present and the wrongs of the past is the one who hunches the world along.
Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
You can only be free if I am free.
There is no such crime as a crime of thought; there are only crimes of action.
I have suffered from being misunderstood, but I would have suffered a hell of a lot more if I had been understood.
The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.
If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.
Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coattails.
The man who fights for his fellow-man is a better man than the one who fights for himself.
At twenty a man is full of fight and hope.
He wants to reform the world. When he is seventy he still wants to reform the world, but he know he can't.
There is no such thing as justice--in or out of court.
I do not believe in god because I do not believe in Mother Goose.
Each child should be more intelligent than his parents.
I am a friend of the working man, and I would rather be his friend, than be one.
An idea is a greater monument than a cathedral.
You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man's freedom. You can be free only if I am free.
The first half of our life is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.
Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
I am always suspicious of righteous indignation. Nothing is more cruel than righteous indignation.
Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails.
It is bigotry for public schools to teach only one theory of origins.
To think is to differ.
The difference between the child and the man lies chiefly in the unlimited confidence and buoyancy of youth.
Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away.
I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all that agnosticism means.
The trouble with law is lawyers.
Never forget, almost every case has been won or lost when the jury is sworn.
The time will come when all people will view with horror light way in which society and its courts of law now take human life; and when that time comes, the way will be clear to device some better method of dealing with poverty and ignorance and their frequent byproducts, which we call crime.
I had a vivid imagination. Not only could I put myself in the other person's place, but I could not avoid doing so. My sympathies always went out to the weak, the suffering, and the poor. Realizing their sorrows I tried to relieve them in order that I myself might be relieved.
The best that we can do is to be kindly and helpful toward our friends and fellow passengers who are clinging to the same speck of dirt while we are drifting side by side to our common doom.
Physical deformity, calls forth our charity.
But the infinite misfortune of moral deformity calls forth nothing but hatred and vengeance.
Instead of yielding to idle conversation it might profit one to cultivate silence and contemplation.
Thirteen states with a population less than that of New York State alone can prevent repeal [of prohibition] until Halley's comet returns. One might as well talk about a summer vacation on Mars.
Different strokes for different folks.
I knew that it is out of the question to have honest, economical government while a few are inordinately rich and the great mass of men are poor. In fact, it is to be doubted if anything really worthwhile can be done until there is a fairer distribution of wealth.