A constitution, as important as it is, will mean nothing unless the people are yearning for liberty and freedom.
A prime part of the history of our Constitution is the story of the extension of constitutional rights to people once ignored or excluded.
Anger, resentment, envy, and self-pity are wasteful reactions. They greatly drain one's time. They sap energy better devoted to productive endeavors.
Congress could always stop the President if Congress thinks that what the President has done exceeds the President's authority or is just wrong for the United States.
Depriving a parent of parental status is as devastating as a criminal conviction.
Dissents speak to a future age. It's not simply to say, 'My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.' But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.
Every constitution written since the end of World War II includes a provision that men and women are citizens of equal stature. Ours does not.
Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you
I have yet to see a death case among the dozen coming to the Supreme Court on eve-of-execution stay applications in which the defendant was well represented at trial... People who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty.
I would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.
If we gave up our freedom as the price of security, we would no longer be the great nation that we are.
If you ask judges, do you always agree on everything? Of course not, we divide just as you do. Why aren't you transparent about it? Because the people would begin to think that the law is not stable, the law is unclear. And that would not give them much faith in the law.
One might plausibly contend that Congress violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers when it exonerates itself from the impositions of the laws it obligates people outside the legislature to obey.
Promoting active liberty does not mean allowing the majority to run roughshod over minorities. It calls for taking special care that all groups have a chance to fully participate in society and the political process.
Sometimes people say unkind or thoughtless things, and when they do, it is best to be a little hard of hearing- to tune out and not snap back in anger or impatience.
The written argument endures. The oral argument is fleeting.
When contemplated in its extreme, almost any power looks dangerous.
Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.
Women's rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy.
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