Quotes: U.S. Supreme Court Justices

– “Every legislative limitation upon utterance, however valid, may in a particular case serve as an inroad upon the freedom of speech which the Constitution protects.” ~U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stanley F. Reed

– “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.” ~U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, in Texas v. Johnson,

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.” ~U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

-“One man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric.” ~U.S. Supreme Court justice John Marshall Harlan, 1971

-“Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” ~U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856–1941), Whitney v. California, 274 U. S. 357 (1927)

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