Sunday, November 30, 2008

Yeah, What He Said: Brandeis Edition

Yes, as in Louis D. Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice from 1916 to 1939. He had some very timeless ... and timely things to say:

Organization can never be a substitute for initiative and for judgment.

America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.

Like the course of the heavenly bodies, harmony in national life is a resultant of the struggle between contending forces. In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.

It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.

There is no such thing as an innocent purchaser of stocks.

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