27 Total Quotes

William Douglas Quotes

There are only two choices: A police state in which all dissent is suppressed or rigidly controlled; or a society where law is responsive to human needs. If society is to be responsive to human needs, a vast restructuring of our laws is essential.
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#Choices

The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.
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#Government

The idea of using censors to bar thoughts of sex is dangerous. A person without sex thoughts is abnormal.
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#Abnormal

The function of the prosecutor under the federal Constitution is not to tack as many skins of victims as possible against the wall. His function is to vindicate the rights of the people as expressed in the laws and give those accused of crime a fair trial.
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#Constitution

The privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen -- a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of a [person's] life.
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#Citizens

Christianity has sufficient inner strength to survive and flourish on its own. It does not need state subsidies, nor state privileges, nor state prestige. The more it obtains state support the greater it curtails human freedom.
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#Christianity

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.
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#Justice

We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government.
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#Age And Aging

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.
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#Instances

I realized that Eastern thought had somewhat more compassion for all living things. Man was a form of life that in another reincarnation might possibly be a horsefly or a bird of paradise or a deer. So a man of such faith, looking at animals, might be looking at old friends or ancestors.
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#Compassion

Every time you pick up the newspaper you read about one company merging with another company. Of course, we have laws to protect competition in the United States, but one can't help thinking that, if the trend continues the whole country will soon be merged into one large company.
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#Company

Acceptance by government of a dissident press is a measure of the maturity of a nation.
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#Acceptance

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.
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#Constitutional

Men may believe what they cannot prove. They may not be put to the proof of their religious doctrines or beliefs.
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#Believe

Honorable retreats are no ways inferior to brave charges, as having less fortune, more of discipline, and as much valor.
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#Brave

The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do. They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty.
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#Constitution

I learned that the richness of life is found in adventure. . . . It develops self-reliance and independence. Life then teems with excitement. There is stagnation only in security.
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#Adventure

The liberties of none are safe unless the liberties of all are protected.
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#Liberties

We know by now that if we make technology the predestined force in our lives, man will walk to the measure of its demands. We know how leveling that influence can be, how easy it is to computerize man and make him a servile thing in a vast industrial complex. . . . This means we must subject the machine -- technology -- to control and cease despoiling the earth and filling people with goodies merely to make money.
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#Force

Violence has no constitutional sanction; and every government from the beginning has moved against it. But where grievances pile high and most of the elected spokesmen represent the Establishment, violence may be the only effective response.
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#Beginning

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

We do not sit as a superlegislature to weigh the wisdom of legislation.
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#Legislation

We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.
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#Institutions

stirs people to anger
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#Anger

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.
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#Acts

The court is really the keeper of the conscience, and the conscience is the Constitution.
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#Conscience

Religious experiences which are as real as life to some may be incomprehensible to others.
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#Experiences