Quotes by: Felix Frankfurter
|Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
January 20, 1939 – August 28, 1962
November 15, 1882|
||February 22, 1965
Washington, D.C., U.S.
||Independent[full citation needed]
||Marion Denman (m. 1919)
||City University of New York, City College
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.
Answers are not obtained by putting the wrong question and thereby begging the real one.
The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards.
The mark of a truly civilized man is confidence in the strength and security derived from the inquiring mind.
Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
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.
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.
It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people.
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.
Anybody can decide a question if only a single principle is in controversy.
I don't like a man to be too efficient. He's likely to be not human enough.
The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.
Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of achieving a free society.
The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself and not what we have said about it.
Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.
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.
We forget that the most successful statesmen have been professionals. Lincoln was a professional politician.