Hugo Black, fully Hugo Lafayette Black

Hugo
Black, fully Hugo Lafayette Black
1886
1971

American Politician, Senator for Alabama, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Author Quotes

Freedom to speak and write about public questions is as important to the life of our government as is the heart to the human body. In fact, this privilege is the heart of our government. If that heart be weakened, the result is debilitation; if it be stilled, the result is death.

Never display agony in public in an opinion. Never say that this is an agonizing, difficult decision. Always write it as though it's as clear as crystal.

The fact that there may be other prisoners in this country's jails serving illegal sentences would seem to me to make it all the more imperative that we grant appropriate relief in this case rather than search for some obviously dubious excuse to deny this petitioner's claim.

The United States has a system of taxation by confession.

From the very beginning, our state and national constitutions and laws have laid great emphasis on procedural and substantive safeguards designed to assure fair trials before impartial tribunals in which every defendant stands equal before the law. This noble ideal cannot be realized if the poor man charged with crime has to face his accusers without a lawyer to assist him.

No higher duty, or more solemn responsibility rests upon this Court than that of translating into living law and maintaining this constitutional shield deliberately planned and inscribed for the benefit of every human being subject to our Constitution ? of whatever race, creed, or persuasion.

The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.

The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.

History showed that many people had lost their respect for any religion that had relied upon the support of government to spread its faith.

No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or nonattendance.

The First Amendment provides the only kind of security system that can preserve a free government - one that leaves the way wide open for people to favor, discuss, advocate, or incite causes and doctrines however obnoxious and antagonistic such views may be to the rest of us.

The very reason for the First Amendment is to make the people of this country free to think, speak, write and worship as they wish, not as the Government commands.

I am for the First Amendment from the first word to the last. I believe it means what it says.

No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion.

The First Amendment's language leaves no room for inference that abridgments of speech and press can be made just because they are slight. That Amendment provides, in simple words, that "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." I read "no law . . . abridging" to mean no law abridging.

The word 'security' is a broad, vague generality whose contours should not be invoked to abrogate the fundamental law embodied in the First Amendment. The guarding of military and diplomatic secrets at the expense of informed representative government provides no real security ... .

A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion.

I cannot agree with those who think of the Bill of Rights as an 18th century straitjacket, unsuited for this age... The evils it guards against are not only old, they are with us now, they exist today.

Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.

The first ten amendments were proposed and adopted largely because of fear that Government might unduly interfere with prized individual liberties. The people wanted and demanded a Bill of Rights written into their Constitution. The amendments embodying the Bill of Rights were intended to curb all branches of the Federal Government in the fields touched by the amendments?Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.

There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has.

Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism and others.

I was brought up to believe that Scotch whisky would need a tax preference to survive in competition with Kentucky bourbon.

Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind.

The flagrant disregard in the courtroom of elementary standards of proper conduct should not and cannot be tolerated.

First Name
Hugo
Last Name
Black, fully Hugo Lafayette Black
Birth Date
1886
Death Date
1971
Bio

American Politician, Senator for Alabama, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States