Quotes of William Orville Douglas

“ Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a judge that Nixon wants back. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ The constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ We deal with a right of privacy older than the Bill of Rights-older than our political parties, older than our school system. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ The association promotes a way of life, not causes; a harmony in living, not political faiths; a bilateral loyalty, not commercial or social projects. Yet it is an association for as noble a purpose as any involved in any prior decisions. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen's constitutional rights it acts lawlessly and the citizen can take matters into his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ Any test that turns on what is offensive to the community's standards is too loose, too capricious, too destructive of freedom of expression to be squared with the First Amendment. Under that test, juries can censor, suppress, and punish what they don't like, provided the matter relates to sexual impurity or has a tendency to excite lustful thoughts… ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a judge that Nixon wants back. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a judge that Nixon wants back. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen's constitutional rights it acts lawlessly and the citizen can take matters into his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a judge that Nixon wants back. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen's constitutional rights it acts lawlessly and the citizen can take matters into his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ The constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ Any test that turns on what is offensive to the community's standards is too loose, too capricious, too destructive of freedom of expression to be squared with the First Amendment. Under that test, juries can censor, suppress, and punish what they don't like, provided the matter relates to sexual impurity or has a tendency to excite lustful thoughts… ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ Any test that turns on what is offensive to the community's standards is too loose, too capricious, too destructive of freedom of expression to be squared with the First Amendment. Under that test, juries can censor, suppress, and punish what they don't like, provided the matter relates to sexual impurity or has a tendency to excite lustful thoughts… ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ Security can only be achieved through constant change, through discarding old ideas that have out-lived their usefulness and adapting others to current facts. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ The search for static security — in the law and elsewhere — is misguided. The fact is security can only be achieved through constant change, adapting old ideas that have outlived their usefulness to current facts. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ The search for static security — in the law and elsewhere — is misguided. The fact is security can only be achieved through constant change, adapting old ideas that have outlived their usefulness to current facts. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ Security can only be achieved through constant change, through discarding old ideas that have out-lived their usefulness and adapting others to current facts. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ The search for static security — in the law and elsewhere — is misguided. The fact is security can only be achieved through constant change, adapting old ideas that have outlived their usefulness to current facts. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ The 5th Amendment is an old friend and a good friend. one of the great landmarks in men's struggle to be free of tyranny, to be decent and civilized. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ The Second Amendment reveals a profound principle of American government - the principle of civilian ascendency over the military. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ Any test that turns on what is offensive to the community's standards is too loose, too capricious, too destructive of freedom of expression to be squared with the First Amendment. Under that test, juries can censor, suppress, and punish what they don't like, provided the matter relates to sexual impurity or has a tendency to excite lustful thoughts… ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ The constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people. ”

- William Orville Douglas

“ Security can only be achieved through constant change, through discarding old ideas that have out-lived their usefulness and adapting others to current facts. ”

- William Orville Douglas
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