If we think the people are not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion.
An error made on your own is safer than ten truths accepted on faith, because the first leaves you the means to correct it, but the second destroys your capacity to distinguish truth from error.
There will never be a really free and enlightened State, until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, and treats him accordingly.
Henry David Thoreau
The curious man - the dissenter - the innovator - the one who taunts and teases or makes caricature of our prejudices is often our salvation. Yet throughout history he has been burned or booed, hanged or exiled, imprisoned or tortured, for pricking the bubble of contemporary dogma.
William O. Douglas
Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.