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Felix Frankfurter Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jul 2021
Felix Frankfurter Topics
Law And Lawyers
The mark of a truly civilized man is confidence in the strength and security derived from the inquiring mind.
The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards.
Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess.
It simply is not true that war never settles anything.
It must take account of what it decrees for today in order that today may not paralyze tomorrow.
It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals.
It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people.
I don't like a man to be too efficient. He's likely to be not human enough.
I came into the world a Jew, and although I did not live my life entirely as a Jew, I think it is fitting that I should leave as a Jew. I don't want to turn my back on a great and noble heritage.
Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.
Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of achieving a free society.
As a member of this court I am not justified in writing my private notions of policy into the Constitution, no matter how deeply I may cherish them or how mischievous I may deem their disregard.
Anybody can decide a question if only a single principle is in controversy.
Answers are not obtained by putting the wrong question and thereby begging the real one.
All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them.
Law And Lawyers quotes
Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.
Decisions of this Court do not have intrinsic authority
Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late
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