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

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The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth.

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The critical point is that the Constitution places the right of silence beyond the reach of government.

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One who comes to the Court must come to adore, not to protest. That's the new gloss on the 1st Amendment.

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Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.

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We who have the final word can speak softly or angrily. We can seek to challenge and annoy, as we need not stay docile and quiet.

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Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?

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The 5th Amendment is an old friend and a good friend. one of the great landmarks in men's struggle to be free of tyranny, to be decent and civilized.

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Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter. The audience that hissed yesterday may applaud today, even for the same performance.

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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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