Quotations

Some of my favorite quotations:

“Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.” — Clarence Darrow

“I am not to be intimidated into anything so wholly unreasonable.” — Elizabeth Bennet.

“Punishment for its own sake, without room for hope, is a form of torture, not of punishment.” — Pope Francis

“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English). ― via Lewis Carroll

“Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing, it may seem to point very straight to one thing, but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something entirely different.” — Sherlock Holmes

“How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause. Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?” — Sophie Scholl

“You can judge a society by how well it treats its prisoners”. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

“I’d rather die standing than live on my knees” — Charlie Hebdo

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” — Plato

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” — Edmund Burke

“You will not apply my precept,” he said, shaking his head. “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” — Sherlock Holmes

“I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.” — Isaac Newton

“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” –Richard P. Feynman

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
— Max Planck

“Science progresses one funeral at a time.” — Max Planck

“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” –Charles de Montesquieu

“It is dangerous to take into consideration elements that are not objectively appreciable, with there being an infinite number of reactions for individual human beings even in the most shocking of tragedies”
— Claudio Hellmann  ( On the acquittal of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito )

“Throughout the web of the English criminal law one golden thread is always to be seen – that it is the duty of the prosecution to prove the prisoner’s guilt…” — Viscount Sankey, of Moreton in the County of Gloucester.

“It is not considered ignominious, nor disgraceful for a great earl to take a poor and mean woman to wife; neither, on the other hand, is it worthy of blame, or too difficult a thing for a countess to promote to honor a gallant youth.”
Elizabeth de Clare‘s mum

“THE COURT FINDS that the proof is not evident or presumption great that the Defendant committed the crimes charged in the Indictment.”
— Judge Roza Mroz, September 5th, 2013, granting bail to Debra Milke

“I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” — George Bernard Shaw

“Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is never try” — Homer Simpson

“The system works. Just ask Claus von Bülow” — Bart Simpson

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.” — Albert Einstein

“It’s harder to crack a prejudice than an atom.” — Albert Einstein

“It were better that Ten Suspected Witches should escape, than that one Innocent Person should be Condemned.” — Increase Mather

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.” — Charles Mackay

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” — Mark Twain

“Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he that filches from me my good name. Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed.” — William Shakespeare

“Perfect is the Enemy of good” — Voltaire
or
“Give them the third best to go on with; the second best comes too late, the best never comes.” — Watson-Watt
via Wikipedia

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” –Abraham Lincoln

“Ours is a world in which justice is accidental, and innocence no protection.” — Euripedes, 400 BC.

“A wise man seeks proof and disregards what the common rabble say.” — Tamino, in the Magic Flute

“I will not say that your mulberry trees are dead; but I am afraid they’re not alive.” — Jane Austen, in a letter.

A few things I have said — on Wrongful Convictions

“If you need fraudulent evidence or invalid arguments to convict, that suggests you don’t have any real evidence or arguments.”

“There is a lack of accountability, and having direct elections for prosecutors and judges is a mistake.”

The 10 commandments of Logic ( source )

10CommandmentsOfLogic

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