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Quote from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.,

"I think that we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country... Only the emergency that makes it immediately dangerous to leave the correction of evil counsels to time warrants making any exception to the sweeping command, 'Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech.' "


Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (more quotes by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. or books by/about Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)

(1841-1935) US Supreme Court Justice, also known as "The Great Dissenter"


Abrams et al v. United States, 1919


Censorship, Commitment, Congress, Constitution, Death, Justice, Law, Press, Propaganda, Speech, Vigilance


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