“This is a very, very conservative judge who in his dissenting opinions is overwhelmingly likely to be more conservative than the majority.”
Cass R. Sunstein
“In a number of cases dissenting opinions have in time become the law”
Charles Evans Hughes
“The dissenting opinion has continued since 1792 as a great American tradition. It is as true to the character of our democracy as of speech itself.”
William Orville Douglas
“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.”
Edward R. Murrow
“Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.”
Hubert H. Humphrey
“In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.”
J. William Fulbright
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