I think that we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country.
250 U.S. at 630.
I always say, as you know, that if my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them. It's my job.Holmes, Jr., Oliver Wendell
The elaborate argument against the constitutionality of the Act if interpreted as we read it, in accordance with its obvious meaning does not need an elaborate answer.Holmes, Jr., Oliver Wendell
Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.Holmes, Jr., Oliver Wendell
Free competition is worth more to society than it costs.Holmes, Jr., Oliver Wendell
The interpretation of constitutional principles must not be too literal. We must remember that the machinery of government would not work if it were not allowed a little play in its joints.Holmes, Jr., Oliver Wendell
If I were dying, my last words would be, Have faith and pursue the unknown end.Holmes, Jr., Oliver Wendell
For the rational study of the law the blackletter man may be the man of the present, but the man of the future is the man of statistics and the master of economics.Holmes, Jr., Oliver Wendell