"I think mistakes are the essence of science and law. It's impossible to conceive of either scientific progress or legal progress without understanding the important role of being wrong and of mistakes."
"I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five."Alan Dershowitz on Steven Wright
"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."Alan Dershowitz on Calvin Coolidge
"A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman."Alan Dershowitz on Robert Frost
"Make crime pay. Become a lawyer."Alan Dershowitz on Will Rogers
"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."Alan Dershowitz on Plato
"I learn from experience."
"I came from a poor family, so working and going to school at the same time was natural. It taught me multi-tasking, although we didn't call it that back then. I learned I could never be idle, I need to be doing many things at once."
"Great research universities must insist on independence from government and on the exercise of academic freedom."
"We don't have an Official Secrets Act in the United States, as other countries do. Under the First Amendment, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of association are more important than protecting secrets."
"I don't believe in firing professors. They have academic freedom."
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