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Earl Warren
1891 - 1974
Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

Citizenship is man's basic right for it is nothing less than the right to have rights. Remove this priceless possession and there remains a stateless person, disgraced and degraded in the eyes of his countrymen.

1958 - from his dissenting opinion in Perez v. Brownell
Society would come to grief without Ethics, which is unenforceable in the courts, and cannot be made a part of the Law. ... Not only does Law in civilized society presuppose ethical commitment; it presupposes the existence of a broad area of human conduct controlled only by ethical norms and not subject to Law at all. There is thus a Law beyond the Law, as binding on those of us who cherish our institutions as the Law itself, although there is no human power to enforce it.

Nov. 11, 1962 - from a speech at the Jewish Theological Seminary
... without law, civilization could not exist, for there are always people who in the conflict of human interest, ignore their responsibility to their fellow man ...

Nov. 11, 1962 - from a speech at the Jewish Theological Seminary
In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics. Each is indispensable to civilization. Without law, we should be at the mercy of the least scrupulous; without ethics, law could not exist.

Nov. 11, 1962 - from a speech at the Jewish Theological Seminary
All political ideas cannot and should not be channeled into the programs of our two major parties. History has amply proved the virtue of political activity by minority, dissident groups, who innumerable times have been the vanguard of democratic thought and whose programs were ultimately accepted.

1957 - from Sweezey vs New Hampshire
Everything that I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for.

The [Supreme] Court's authority -- possessed neither of the purse nor the sword -- ultimately rests on sustained public confidence in its moral sanction. Such feeling must be nourished by the Court's complete detachment, in fact and appearance, from political entanglements and by abstention from injecting itself into the clash of political forces and political settlements.