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We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.
America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.
Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.
Nearly all legislation involves a weighing of public needs as against private desires and likewise a weighing of relative social values.
Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its example.
The makers of our constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness... They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone -- the most comprehensive of the rights and the right most valued by civilized men.
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