Charles Evans Hughes quotes

  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Freedom #Carpe Diem #Diversity

  • A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Inspirational #Men #Good Company

  • War should be made a crime, and those who instigate it should be punished as criminals.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #War #Criminals #Crime

  • I believe in work, hard work, and long hours of work. Men do not breakdown from overwork, but from worry and dissipation.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Believe #Hard Work #Men

  • In a number of cases dissenting opinions have in time become the law.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Law #Numbers #Opinion

  • Selfishness and demagoguery take advantage of liberty. The selfish hand constantly seeks to control government, and every increase of governmental power, even to meet just needs, furnishes opportunity for abuse and stimulates the effort to bend it to improper uses.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Selfish #Opportunity #Government

  • Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the restrictions imposed upon power granted or reserved. The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its grants of power to the federal government and its limitations of the power of the States were determined in the light of emergency, and they are not altered by emergency.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Government #Light #Liberty

  • It is the essence of the institutions of liberty that it be recognized that guilt is personal and cannot be attributed to the holding of opinions or to mere intent in the absence of overt acts.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Essence #Guilt #Liberty

  • Our institutions were not devised to bring about uniformity of opinion; if they had we might well abandon hope. It is important to remember, as has well been said, 'the essential characteristic of true liberty is that under its shelter many different types of life and character and opinion and belief can develop unmolested and unobstructed.'
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Character #Liberty #Important

  • The liberty of the press is not confined to newspapers and periodicals. It necessarily embraces pamphlets and leaflets. These indeed have been historic weapons in the defense of liberty, as the pamphlets of Thomas Paine and others in our history abundantly attest.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Freedom #Liberty #Defense

  • Each man begins with his own world to conquer, and his education is the measure of his conquest.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Men #World #Conquer

  • The Constitution is what the judges say it is.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Judging #Constitution

  • The power of administrative bodies to make finding of fact which may be treated as conclusive, if there is evidence both ways, is a power of enormous consequence. An unscrupulous administrator might be tempted to say "Let me find the facts for the people of my country, and I care little who lays down the general principles.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Country #People #Principles

  • I think that it is a fallacy to suppose that helpful cooperation in the future will be assured by the attempted compulsion of an inflexible rule. Rather will such cooperation depend upon the fostering of firm friendships springing from an appreciation of community ideals, interests, and purposes, and such friendships are more likely to be promoted by freedom of conference than by the effort to create hard and fast engagements.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Appreciation #Thinking #Effort

  • But it is recognized that punishment for the abuse of the liberty accorded to the press is essential to the protection of the public, and that the common law rules that subject the libeler to responsibility for the public offense, as well as for the private injury, are not abolished by the protection extended in our constitutions. The law of criminal libel rests upon that secure foundation. There is also the conceded authority of courts to punish for contempt when publications directly tend to prevent the proper discharge of judicial functions.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Responsibility #Law #Punishment

  • When we deal with questions relating to principles of law and their applications, we do not suddenly rise into a stratosphere of icy certainty.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Law #Principles #Icy

  • Every young man should aim at independence and should prepare himself for a vocation; above all, he should so manage his life that the steps of his progress are taken without improper aids; that he calls no one master, that he does not win or deserve the reputation of being a tool of others, and that if called to public service he may assume its duties with the satisfaction of knowing that he is free to rise to the height of his opportunity.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Taken #Winning #Opportunity

  • While democracy must have its organizations and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #War #Organization #Drug

  • The power to wage war is the power to wage war successfully.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #War

  • The first lesson in civics is that efficient government begins at home.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Home #Government #Lessons

  • The United States is the greatest law factory the world has ever known.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Law #United States #World

  • Dissents are appeals to the brooding spirit of the law, to the intelligence of another day.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Law #Another Day #Spirit

  • The peril of this Nation is not in any foreign foe! We, the people, are its power, its peril, and its hope.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #People #Peril #Foe

  • We [the Government] are here not as masters but as servants, we are not here to glory in power, but to attest our loyalty to the commands and restrictions laid down by our sovereign, the people of the United States, in whose name and by whose will we exercise our brief authority.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Loyalty #Exercise #Government

  • Publicity is a great purifier because it sets in action the forces of public opinion, and in this country public opinion controls the courses of the nation
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Country #Public Opinion #Publicity

  • We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is, and the judiciary is the safeguard of our property and our liberty and our property under the Constitution.
    -- Charles Evans Hughes

    #Judging #Liberty #Constitution

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