The judiciary must not take on the coloration of whatever may be popular at the moment. We are guardian of rights, and we have to tell people things they often do not like to hear.— Rose Bird
The most strong Rose Bird quotes that will inspire your inner self
We have probed the earth, excavated it, burned it, ripped things from it, buried things in it.... That does not fit my definition of a good tenant. If we were here on a month-to-month basis, we would have been evicted long ago.
Courts are an aristocratic institution in a democracy.
That's the dilemma for an institution that has the function of reviewing the will of the people. We're bound to be "anti-majoritarian."
If our courts lose their authority and their rulings are no longer respected, there will be no one left to resolve the divisive issues that can rip the social fabric apart ... The courts are a safety valve without which no democratic society can survive.
The courts are an easy scapegoat because at a time when everything has to boiled down to easy slogans, we speak in subtleties.
We are incarcerating more people on a per capita basis in California than any country in the world other than South Africa or the Soviet Union.
Art strives for form, and hopes for beauty.
It is easy to be popular. It is not easy to be just.
...testifying for Dr. Privitera...To these 19 cancer victims, the enforcement of (California) Health and Safety Code Sect. 1701.1, the denial of them medical treatment, albeit unorthodox, albeit unapproved by a state agency, must surely take on a Kafka-esque, a nightmare quality. No demonstrated public anger, no compelling interest of the state warrants an Orwellian intrusion into the most private of zones of privacy.
It's always the minorities who aren't a part of the mainstream who define what the limits... of the majority are going to be.
My role isn't to be politically smart.
My role is to do what's right under the constitution. And if that's politically unpopular, so be it.
The role of the press and the protections which we afford it are today more important than ever before, because we dwell in a society where belief in our governments and in the strength of our institutions is declining.