A Few Good Brandeis Quotes

“Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”

“The most important political office is that of the private citizen.”

“Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.”

“If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.”

“Our government … teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”

“Those who won our independence … valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”

http://www.brandeis.edu/legacyfund/bio.html

(h/t Erik Luna https://www.cato.org/publications/congressional-testimony/mandatory-minimum-sentencing-provisions-under-federal-law)

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