on the Supreme Court of the United States
from 1916 to 1939.
He was born in Louisville
, to Jewish immigrant parents who raised him in a secular mode
. He enrolled at Harvard Law School
, graduating at the age of twenty with the highest grade average in the college’s history.
Brandeis settled in Boston
where he became a recognized lawyer through his work on progressive
The intensity and complexity of life, attendant upon advancing civilization, have rendered necessary some retreat from the world . . . ."
The bow must be strung and unstrung . . . there must be time also for the unconscious thinking which comes to the busy man in his play.
When a man feels that he cannot leave his work, it is a sure sign of an impending collapse.
It is, as a rule, far more important how men pursue their occupation than what the occupation is which they select.
[N]o people ever did or ever can attain a worthy civilization by the satisfaction merely of material needs . . .
Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.
A man is a better citizen of the United States for being also a loyal citizen of his state, and of his city; for being loyal to his family, and to his profession or trade; for being loyal to his college or his lodge. . . . For only through the ennobling effect of its strivings can we develop the best that is in us and give to this country the full benefit of our great inheritance.
What are the American ideals? They are the development of the individual for his own and the common good; the development of the individual through liberty, and the attainment of the common good through democracy and social justice.
[N]o law, written or unwritten, can be understood without a full knowledge of the facts out of which it arises, and to which it is to be applied.
There is in most Americans some spark of idealism, which can be fanned into a flame. It takes sometimes a divining rod to find what it is; but when found, and that means often, when disclosed to the owners, the results are often extraordinary.