Quotes by: Felix Frankfurter

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Felix Frankfurter
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
In office
January 20, 1939 – August 28, 1962[1]
Nominated by Franklin Roosevelt
Preceded by Benjamin Cardozo
Succeeded by Arthur Goldberg
Personal details
Born (1882-11-15)November 15, 1882
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
(now Austria)
Died February 22, 1965(1965-02-22) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Independent[2][full citation needed]
Spouse(s) Marion Denman (m. 1919)
Alma mater City University of New York, City College
Harvard University
Religion Judaism

It must take account of what it decrees for today in order that today may not paralyze tomorrow.
Felix Frankfurter
It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals.
Felix Frankfurter
Answers are not obtained by putting the wrong question and thereby begging the real one.
Felix Frankfurter
The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards.
Felix Frankfurter
The mark of a truly civilized man is confidence in the strength and security derived from the inquiring mind.
Felix Frankfurter
Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
Felix Frankfurter
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.
Felix Frankfurter
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.
Felix Frankfurter
It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people.
Felix Frankfurter
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.
Felix Frankfurter
Anybody can decide a question if only a single principle is in controversy.
Felix Frankfurter
I don't like a man to be too efficient. He's likely to be not human enough.
Felix Frankfurter
The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.
Felix Frankfurter
Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of achieving a free society.
Felix Frankfurter
The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself and not what we have said about it.
Felix Frankfurter
Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.
Felix Frankfurter
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.
Felix Frankfurter
We forget that the most successful statesmen have been professionals. Lincoln was a professional politician.
Felix Frankfurter
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