In Cyberspace, the First Amendment is a local
-- John Perry Barlow
Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping
tom to install your window blinds.
-- John Perry Barlow
If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies,
to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied
is more speech, not enforced silence.
-- US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
The right most prized by civilized men is the right to be let alone.
-- US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. [N.B. This appears to be
either a mis-quote, or a short version of something that was expressed
in longer form by Brandeis as: “The makers of our Constitution
undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness.
They recognized the significance of man's spiritual nature, of his feelings
and of his intellect. They knew that only a part of the pain, pleasure,
and satisfaction of life are to be found in material things. They sought
to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions
and their sensations. They conferred, as against the government, the
right to be let alone--the most comprehensive of rights and the right
most valued by civilized men.”]
If you can't be just, be arbitrary.
--William S. Burroughs
The law is a horrible business.
There is no such thing as justice--in or out of court.
Before the majestic equality of the law, neither the rich man nor the
poor may sleep beneath bridges, steal bread or beg in the streets.
A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.
-- Ben Franklin
I believe that justice is instinct and innate, the moral sense is as
much a part of our constitution as the threat of feeling, seeing and
You seem...to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional
questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place
us under the despotism of an oligarchy.... The Constitution has erected
no such single tribunal.
-- Thomas Jefferson 1820
A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
-- H. L. Mencken.