"The great and invigorating influences
in American life have been the unorthodox:
the people who challenge an existing
institution or way of life, or say and
do things that make people think."
by:
William O. Douglas
(1898-1980), U. S. Supreme Court Justice
Source:
Interview, 1958
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It always cuts both ways -- some things should not be compromised, some things should. The wisdom is to know the difference.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I remember you - you were the liberal who wanted everyone to think the way you did!
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    not shooting the messenger, - one of the greats; sometimes
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    We are free to think, but be sure it's politically correct.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    Change isn't always a positive thing, but the freedom to dissent should always be respected.
     -- Dalton Trumbo, Holywood, CA     
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    Those who wish to preach a natural law and who are more than willing to tell us what that law is may be the enemy of the freedom of which Douglas speaks. It would appeat to me that each star less than five is a vote for politcal correctness and agaisnt freedom.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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     -- Al, DC      
    Serial killers are unorthodox and challenge an existing institution or way of life.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    I guess Obama would fit as a great influence. He is doing everything mentioned in the quote. To bad his intention is to destroy not to build or improve. The quote lacks an important premise. It does not care whether the influence is for good or bad.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    How folk can find the words "great and invigorating" influence to include things like serial killings, desire for destruction, etcetera is beyond me. Warren great and ivigorating are positive things. Get your minds out of the gutter people!
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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