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William O. Douglas Quotes

Let these quotes by William O. Douglas help you to have a positive attitude toward life, and to think positively.

One who comes to the Court must come to adore,
not to protest.
That's the new gloss on the 1st Amendment.
- William O. Douglas

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Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a
judge that Nixon wants back.
- William O. Douglas

Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter.
The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today,
even for the same performance.
- William O. Douglas

It seemed to me that I had barely reached the Court
when people were trying to get me off.
- William O. Douglas

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We who have the final word can speak softly or angrily.
We can seek to challenge and annoy, as we need not stay docile and quiet.
- William O. Douglas

Literature should not be suppressed merely because
it offends the moral code of the censor.
- William O. Douglas

We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.
- William O. Douglas

 

No patent medicine was ever put to wider and more varied
use than the Fourteenth Amendment.
- William O. Douglas

The liberties of none are safe unless the liberties of all are protected.
- William O. Douglas

The Constitution is not neutral.
It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.
- William O. Douglas

Common sense often makes good law.
- William O. 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 O. Douglas

We do not sit as a superlegislature to weigh the wisdom of legislation.
- William O. Douglas

At the constitutional level where we work,
90 percent of any decision is emotional.
The rational part of us supplies the reasons for supporting our predilections.
- William O. Douglas

The critical point is that the Constitution places
the right of silence beyond the reach of government.
- William O. Douglas

Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse,
hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.
- William O. Douglas

The right to revolt has sources deep in our history.
- William O. Douglas

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.
- William O. Douglas

Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively
to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?
- William O. 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 O. Douglas

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin PHOTO

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen PHOTO

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran PHOTO

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow PHOTO

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro PHOTO

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard PHOTO

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

With realization of one's own potential and
self-confidence in one's ability,
one can build a better world.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

An optimist is one who makes the best
of what he gets the worst of.
- Anonymous

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy -
unless you let him.
- Napoleon Hill

I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
- Helen Keller

Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

This time, like all times, is a very good one,
if we but know what to do with it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there
who will try to discourage you.
Don't listen to them.
The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal,
and not in reaching it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

You can't let praise or criticism get to you.
It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.
- John Wooden

No one knows what he can do until he tries.
- Publilius Syrus

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir


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