Clarence Thomas Quotes


23 Clarence Thomas quotes:



"I don't believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights."
"Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot."
"I tend to really be partial to Ayn Rand, and to The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged."
"Any discrimination, like sharp turns in a road, becomes critical because of the tremendous speed at which we are traveling into the high-tech world of a service economy."
"And I don't think that government has a role in telling people how to live their lives. Maybe a minister does, maybe your belief in God does, maybe there's another set of moral codes, but I don't think government has a role."
"But what I believe is that if a person's individual rights or right to be a part of our economic system is violated under statute, we aggressively go after it. But we don't issue mandates to businesses that you've got to do this and you've got to do that."
"I came from the people that they're leading; I didn't come from the leadership ranks, I came from among the people I'm most concerned about."
"I certainly have some very strong libertarian leanings, yes."
"I do think that our freedoms are at risk."
"I think Juan stopped short - he got halfway to the destination and got off the train. He is certainly an excellent writer and a good person, but I'm not a nationalist."
"I think segregation is bad, I think it's wrong, it's immoral. I'd fight against it with every breath in my body, but you don't need to sit next to a white person to learn how to read and write. The NAACP needs to say that."
"I think, though, if I had to look at the role of government and what it does in people's lives, I see the EEOC as having much more legitimacy than the others, if properly run."
"I was sympathetic to virtually all groups that wanted to get away from the old system."
"I' been very partial to Malcolm X, particularly his self-help teachings."
"It really bugs me that someone will tell me, after I spent 20 years being educated, how I'm supposed to think."
"Oh, I don't think Tom Sowell would tell anybody to join the administration. That's not his style. But I think his attitude has always been if it had to be done he'd prefer me to do it than somebody else."
"The myths that are created about the South, about the way we grew up, about black people, are wrong."
"The state can't undo the harm that was done, but I feel very strongly that if there is any role for the state, it is to protect us from others."
"The thing that bothered me when I was in college was that I saw myself rejecting the way of life that got me to where I was."
"We've talked more about civil rights after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than we talked about it before 1964."



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