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Top 55 William Brennan Quotes

#1. Use of a mentally ill person's involuntary confession is antithetical to the notion of fundamental fairness embodied in the due process clause. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#2. The quest for freedom, dignity, and the rights of man will never end. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#3. We look to the history of the time of framing and to the intervening history of interpretation. But the ultimate question must be, what do the words of the text mean in our time. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#4. I made two mistakes and both of them are sitting on the Supreme Court. [Referring to Earl Warren and William Brennan] - Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower
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#5. Our statute books gradually became laden with gross, stereotyped distinctions between the sexes and, indeed, throughout much of the 19th century the position of women in our society was, in many respects, comparable to that of blacks under the pre-Civil War slave codes. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#6. Authoritative interpretations of the First Amendment guarantees have consistently refused to recognize an exception for any test of truth whether administered by judges, juries, or administrative officials and especially one that puts the burden of proving truth on the speaker. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#7. Judge Samuel Alito was born and raised in the great state of New Jersey. Our state has a legacy of producing outstanding jurists, most notably the late William J. Brennan, who ushered in our nation's recommitment to civil rights in the latter half of the 20th century. - Author: Frank Lautenberg
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#8. The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to 'create' rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#9. Anchor babies are "citizens" only because of a phony constitutional principle cooked up by Justice William Brennan in 1982. Just like abortion, sodomy, gay marriage, and unicorns - it's in the Constitution! - Author: Ann Coulter
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#10. Law cannot stand aside from the social changes around it. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#11. Consequences flow from a justice's interpretation in a direct and immediate way. A judicial decision respecting the incompatibility of Jim Crow with a constitutional guarantee of equality is not simply a contemplative exercise in defining the shape of a just society. It is an order - Author: William J. Brennan
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#12. More fundamentally, however, the answer to petitioners' objection is that there can be no impairment of executive power, whether on the state or federal level, where actions pursuant to that power are impermissible under the Constitution. Where there is no power, there can be no impairment of power. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#13. Debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust and wide-open and that ... may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#14. There is no such thing as a false idea. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#15. If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#16. Whether to the average person, applying contemporary community standards, the dominant theme of the material taken as a whole appeals to prurient interest. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#17. You in the media ought to be ashamed of yourselves to call the provisions and the guarantees of the Bill of Rights 'Technicalities'. They're not. We are what we are because of those guarantees. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#18. We current justices read the Constitution in the only way that we can: as 20th-century Americans. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#19. At bottom, the battle has been waged on moral grounds. The country has debated whether a society for which the dignity of the individual is the supreme value can, without a fundamental inconsistency, follow the practice of deliberately putting one of its members to death. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#20. We are not an assimilative, homogeneous society, but a facilitative, pluralistic one, in which we must be willing to abide someone else's unfamiliar or even repellant practice because the same tolerant impulse protects our own idiosyncrasies.
--Michael H. v. Gerald D., 491 U.S. 110 (1989) - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#21. There can be no doubt that our Nation has had a long and unfortunate history of sex discrimination. Traditionally, such discrimination was rationalized by an attitude of "romantic paternalism" which, in practical effect, put women, not on a pedestal, but in a cage. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#22. All ideas having even the slightest redeeming social importance - unorthodox ideas, controversial ideas, even ideas hateful to the prevailing climate of opinion, have the full protection of the guarantees [of the First Amendment]. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#23. No longer is the female destined solely for the home and the rearing of the family and only the male for the marketplace and the world of ideas. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#24. Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#25. It is difficult to understand precisely what the state hopes to achieve by promoting the creation and perpetuation of a subclass of illiterates within our boundaries, surely adding to the problems and costs of unemployment, welfare and crime. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#26. Appellant constituted a legitimate class of one, and this provides a basis for Congress's decision to proceed with dispatch with respect to his materials. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#27. Religious conflict can be the bloodiest and cruelest conflicts that turn people into fanatics. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#28. The framers knew that liberty is a fragile thing, and so should we. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#29. We hold that the Constitution does not forbid the states minor intrusions into an individual's body under stringently limited conditions. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#30. Capital punishment ... treats members of the human race ... as objects to be toyed with and discarded. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#31. The public schools are supported entirely, in most communities, by public funds-funds exacted not only from parents, nor alone from those who hold particular religious views, nor indeed from those who subscribe to any creed at all. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#32. If our free society is to endure, and I know it will, those who govern must recognize that the Framers of the Constitution limited their power in order to preserve human dignity and the air of freedom which is our proudest heritage. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#33. Perhaps the bleakest fact of all is that the death penalty is imposed not only in a freakish and discriminatory manner, but also in some cases upon defendants who are actually innocent. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#34. The Bill of Rights never gets off the page and into the lives of most Americans. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#35. If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#36. The Constitution was framed fundamentally as a bulwark against governmental power, and preventing the arbitrary administration of punishment is a basic ideal of any society that purports to be governed by the rule of law. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#37. We must meet the challenge rather than wish it were not before us. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#38. It is tempting to pretend that minorities on death row share a fate in no way connected to our own, that our treatment of them sounds no echoes beyond the chambers in which they die. Such an illusion is ultimately corrosive, for the reverberations of injustice are not so easily confined. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#39. Sex, a great and mysterious motive force in human life, has indisputably been a subject of absorbing interest to mankind through the ages. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#40. The calculated killing of a human being by the state involves, by its very nature, an absolute denial of the executed person's humanity. The most vile murder does not, in my view, release the state from constitutional restraint on the destruction of human dignity. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#41. If we are to be as a shining city upon a hill, it will be because of our ceaseless pursuit of the constitutional ideal of human dignity. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#42. The modern public school derived from a philosophy of freedom reflected in the First Amendment ... The non-sectarian or secular public school was the means of reconciling freedom in general with religious freedom. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#43. After each perceived security crisis ended, the United States has remorsefully realized that the abrogation of civil liberties was unnecessary. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#44. The genius of the Constitution rests not in any static meaning it might have had in a world that is dead and gone, but in the adaptability of its great principles to cope with current problems and current needs. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#45. The door of the Free Exercise Clause stands tightly closed against any government regulation of religious beliefs as such. Government may neither compel affirmation of a repugnant belief, nor penalize or discriminate against individuals or groups because they hold views abhorrent to the authorities. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#46. The principle inherent in the clause that prohibits pointless infliction of excessive punishment when less severe punishment can adequately achieve the same purposes invalidates the punishment. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#47. We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so, we dilute the freedom this cherished emblem represents. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#48. Clerks get into the damnedest wrangles
which is the way they help me. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#49. We cannot let colorblindness become myopia which masks the reality that many "created equal" have been treated within our lifetimes as inferior both by the law and by their fellow citizens. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#50. If a policeman must know the Constitution, then why not a planner? - Author: William J. Brennan
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#51. Justice William Brennan stated that the phrase 'under God' in our Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional because it no longer has a religious purpose or meaning. - Author: Mathew Staver
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#52. Sex and obscenity are not synonymous. Obscene material is material which deals with sex in a manner appealing to prurient interest. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#53. Death is not only an unusually severe punishment, unusual in its pain, in its finality and in its enormity, but is serves no penal purpose more effectively than a less severe punishment. - Author: William J. Brennan Jr.
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#54. Punishing desecration of the flag dilutes the very freedom that makes this emblem so revered. - Author: William J. Brennan
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#55. The law is not an end in itself, nor does it provide ends. It is preeminently a means to serve what we think is right. - Author: William J. Brennan
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