"Appellant constituted a legitimate class of one, and this provides a basis for Congress's decision to proceed with dispatch with respect to his materials."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."William J. Brennan, Jr. on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."William J. Brennan, Jr. on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."William J. Brennan, Jr. on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."William J. Brennan, Jr. on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."William J. Brennan, Jr. on Abraham Lincoln
"There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes."
"The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to 'create' rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting."
"Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment."