Great Legal Quote of the Day: Frédéric Bastiat

“Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame, danger, and scruple which their acts would otherwise involve. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim — when he defends himself — as a criminal.” — Frédéric Bastiat, The Law, 1850. Sources:

Great Legal Quote of the Day: Louis Brandeis

“Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” —Louis Brandeis, concurring opinion in Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357, 376 (1925).   Sources:

Great Legal Quote of the Day: The Bible

“Ah! Those who enact unjust statutes,     who write oppressive decrees,  Depriving the needy of judgment,     robbing my people’s poor of justice, Making widows their plunder,     and orphans their prey! What will you do on the day of punishment,     when the storm comes from afar? To whom will you flee for help?     Where will you leave your wealth, Lest it sink beneath the captive     or fall beneath the slain? For all

Great Legal Quote of the Day: Hugo Black

“The Framers of the Constitution knew that free speech might be the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.” —Hugo Black, Speech at New York University in Honor of James Madison, February 1960. Sources:

Great Legal Quote of the Day: Shakespeare

“The jury, passing on the prisoner’s life May in the sworn twelve have a thief or two Guiltier than him they try.” —William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Act 2, Scene 1. Sources:

Great Legal Quote of the Day: Frederick Douglass

“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.” –Frederick Douglass, A Plea for Free Speech in Boston, 1860. Sources:

Great Legal Quote of the Day: Declaration of Independence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” —United States Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. Happy 4th of July. Sources: