Quotations by William J. Brennan

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Born: Wednesday, April 25, 1906
Died: Sunday, July 27, 1997 (91 years old)
Profession: Judge
Nationality: American


Death is not only an unusually severe punishment, unusual in its pain, in its finality and in its enormity, but is serves no penal purpose more effectively than a less severe punishment.
- William J. Brennan
(Keywords: Death, Purpose, Pain, Punishment)

If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion.
- William J. Brennan
(Keywords: Privacy, Right)

Law cannot stand aside from the social changes around it.
- William J. Brennan
(Keywords: Law)

Religious conflict can be the bloodiest and cruelest conflicts that turn people into fanatics.
- William J. Brennan
(Keywords: People, Conflict, Fanatics, Religious)

The principle inherent in the clause that prohibits pointless infliction of excessive punishment when less severe punishment can adequately achieve the same purposes invalidates the punishment.
- William J. Brennan
(Keywords: Punishment)

The quest for freedom, dignity, and the rights of man will never end.
- William J. Brennan
(Keywords: Dignity, End, Freedom, Rights, Man, Quest, Will)

We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so, we dilute the freedom this cherished emblem represents.
- William J. Brennan
(Keywords: Freedom)







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