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Robert Jackson, American Statesman ( February 13, 1892 - October 9, 1954 )

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If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act.~Robert Jackson


Religion Politics Opinion

The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion, it will cease to be free for religion.~Robert Jackson


Day Religion Free

We are not final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final.~Robert Jackson


Because Final Only

Men are more often bribed by their loyalties and ambitions than by money.~Robert Jackson


Money Men More

When the Supreme Court moved to Washington in 1800, it was provided with no books, which probably accounts for the high quality of early opinions.~Robert Jackson


Quality Opinions Early

It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.~Robert Jackson


Government Citizen Falling

Microbes are doing things we didn't even know they could do 10 years ago.~Robert Jackson


Doing Know Years

The petitioner's problem is to avoid Scylla without being drawn into Charybdis.~Robert Jackson


Problem Without Avoid

We can afford no liberties with liberty itself.~Robert Jackson


Liberty Afford Itself

Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter mush. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order.~Robert Jackson


Freedom Heart Shadow

Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard.~Robert Jackson


Opinion Find Begin

It is in the country's best interest that Tony Blair rather than Michael Howard should form the next government.~Robert Jackson


Best Government Country

The places that are most likely to grow trees for carbon sequestration are places where trees aren't growing now.~Robert Jackson


Trees Grow Growing

To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary... is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of our institutions to free minds.~Robert Jackson


Patriotism Believe Free