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Felix Frankfurter Quotes


28 Felix Frankfurter quotes:



"The words of the Constitution are so unrestricted by their intrinsic meaning or by their history or by tradition or by prior decisions that they leave the individual Justice free, if indeed they do not compel him, to gather meaning not from reading the Constitution but from reading life."
Author: Frankfurter Quotes Category: Constitution Quotes Constitutions Quotes
"Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep"
"The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards"
"To some lawyers, all facts are created equal."
"Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today."
"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."
"Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess."
"It must take account of what it decrees for today in order that today may not paralyze tomorrow."
"It is anomalous to hold that in order to convict a man the police cannot extract by force what is in his mind, but can extract what is in his stomach."
"Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man."
"The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards."
"Anybody can decide a question if only a single principle is in controversy."
"Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep."
"The real rulers in Washington are invisible to exercise power from behind the scenes."
"The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes."
"The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself and not what we have said about it."
"The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself and not what we have said about it"
"Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late"
Author: Frankfurter Quotes Category: Wisdom Quotes
"It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people."
"The mark of a truly civilized man is confidence in the strength and security derived from the inquiring mind."



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