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History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history.

History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history.

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom.

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom.

The only real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trial lawyers try cases to juries.

The only real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trial lawyers try cases to juries.

Working people have alot of bad habits, but the worst of these is work. ---->>>

Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. ---->>>

I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.

I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.

I have suffered from being misunderstood, but I would have suffered a hell of a lot more if I had been understood. ---->>>

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means.

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means.

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.

There is no such thing as justice - in or out of court. ---->>>

The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents and the second half by our children. ---->>>

The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything. ---->>>

I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure. ---->>>

Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails. ---->>>

Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom. ---->>>

As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever. ---->>>

Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for. ---->>>

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.

The pursuit of truth will set you free; even if you never catch up with it.

The pursuit of truth will set you free; even if you never catch up with it.

No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed. ---->>>

The trouble with law is lawyers.

The trouble with law is lawyers.

I don't like spinach, and I'm glad I don't, because if I liked it I'd eat it, and I just hate it. ---->>>

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt. ---->>>

To think is to differ. ---->>>

The best that we can do is to be kindly and helpful toward our friends and fellow passengers who are clinging to the same speck of dirt while we are drifting side by side to our common doom. ---->>>

I do not believe in God because I do not believe in Mother Goose. ---->>>

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to? ---->>>

You can only be free if I am free.

You can only be free if I am free.

The origin of the absurd idea of immortal life is easy to discover; it is kept alive by hope and fear, by childish faith, and by cowardice. ---->>>

Laws should be like clothes. They should be made to fit the people they serve. ---->>>

Depressions may bring people closer to the church but so do funerals. ---->>>

Calvin Coolidge was the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth Corner, Vermont. ---->>>

In spite of all the yearnings of men, no one can produce a single fact or reason to support the belief in God and in personal immortality. ---->>>

I am a friend of the working man, and I would rather be his friend, than be one. ---->>>

None meet life honestly and few heroically. ---->>>

If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think. ---->>>

If a man is happy in America, it is considered he is doing something wrong. ---->>>

I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means. ---->>>

Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: April 18, 1857
Birthplace: Kinsman, Ohio
Die: 03-13, 1938
Occupation: Lawyer
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Clarence Seward Darrow (; April 18, 1857 – March 13, 1938) was a U.S. lawyer, leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and prominent advocate for Georgist economic reform. He defended teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks (1924) (wikipedia)