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We apply law to facts. We don't apply feelings to facts.

Sonia Sotomayor
  • apply

Carve every word before you let it fall.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Thought

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.

William O. Douglas
  • Justice

What is the quality of your intent?

Thurgood Marshall
  • Purpose

It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals.

Felix Frankfurter
  • quotes


In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.

Thurgood Marshall
  • Humanity

He who doesn't fear death dies only once.

Giovanni Falcone
  • death

When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Understanding

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Life

Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for it.

Earl Warren
  • Adversity

The right to be alone -- the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized man.

Louis D. Brandeis
  • Solitude

It is better that ten guilty escape than one innocent suffer.

William Blackstone
  • Guilt

In a big family the first child is kind of like the first pancake. If it's not perfect, that's okay, there are a lot more coming along.

Antonin Scalia
  • big

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • experience

Man was formed for society and is neither capable of living alone, nor has the courage to do it.

William Blackstone
  • Solitude

There can be no security where there is fear.

Felix Frankfurter
  • Security

We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Opinion

The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Education

Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more.

Benjamin Cardozo
  • inspirational

A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • money

Publicity is a great purifier because it sets in action the forces of public opinion, and in this country public opinion controls the courses of the nation.

Charles Evans Hughes
  • action

The world presents enough problems if you believe it to be a world of law and order; do not add to them by believing it to be a world of miracles.

Louis D. Brandeis
  • add

Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.

Felix Frankfurter
  • Wisdom

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Passion

Gentlemen, I find the law very explicit on murdering your fellow man, but there's nothing here about killing a Chinaman. Case dismissed.

Roy Bean
  • case

Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism.

Earl Warren
  • consider

It is not our job to apply laws that have not yet been written.

John Paul Stevens
  • apply

In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics.

Earl Warren
  • civilized

Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?

William O. Douglas
  • authority

Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Salvation

If you will just start with the idea that this is a hard world,it will all be much simpler.

Louis D. Brandeis
  • Life

Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Law

Men long for an afterlife in which there apparently is nothing to do but delight in heaven's wonders.

Louis D. Brandeis
  • Heaven

The rule of joy and the law of duty seem to me all one.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Duty

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.

Louis D. Brandeis
  • Argument

Who will take responsibility for raising the next generation?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • generation

If we are to keep democracy, there must be a commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice.

Learned Hand
  • commandment

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.

Clarence Thomas
  • best

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • bigot

Those who won our independence... valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.

Louis D. Brandeis
  • believed

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • direction

It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself.

Sandra Day O'Connor
  • politics

Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds.

Thurgood Marshall
  • politics

The Supreme Court's only armor is the cloak of public trust; its sole ammunition, the collective hopes of our society.

Irving R. Kaufman
  • history

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.

William O. Douglas
  • freedom

Who is to say that 5 men 10 years ago were right whereas 5 men looking the other direction today are wrong.

Harry A. Blackmun
  • direction

The most important political office is that of the private citizen.

Louis D. Brandeis
  • politics

To be seventy years young is sometimes for more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • cheerful

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • begins

It was a very cool thing to be a smart girl, as opposed to some other, different kind. And I think that made a great deal of difference to me growing up and in my life afterward.

Elena Kagan
  • cool

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