1. 10

    If nowhere else, in the relation between Church and State, "good fences make good neighbors."

  2. 9

    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.

  3. 8

    It is easy to make light of insistence on scrupulous regard for the safeguards of civil liberties when invoked on behalf of the unworthy. It is too easy. History bears testimony that by such disregard are the rights of liberty extinguished, heedlessly at first, then stealthily, and brazenly in the end.

  4. 7

    Ultimately there can be no freedom for self unless it is vouchsafed for others; there can be no security where there is fear, and a democratic society presupposes confidence and candor in the relations of men with one another and eager collaboration for the larger ends of life instead of the pursuit of petty, selfish or vainglorious aims.

  5. 6

    We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.

  6. 5

    Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.

  7. 4

    It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals.

  8. 3

    The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.

  9. 2

    Appeal must be to an informed, civically militant electorate.

  10. 1

    The mark of a truly civilized man is confidence in the strength and security derived from the inquiring mind.

  11. Last Update: 28 January 2023

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