38 Total Quotes

Felix Frankfurter Quotes

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
#American Judge #Judaism And Jews

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.
Felix Frankfurter
#Constitutions #Constitution

It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals
Felix Frankfurter
#Inequality

Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.
Felix Frankfurter
#American Judge

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
#Law And Lawyers #American Judge

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
#American Judge

The mark of a truly civilized man is confidence in the strength and security derived from the inquiring mind.
Felix Frankfurter
#American Judge

Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late
Felix Frankfurter
#Wisdom

Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep
Felix Frankfurter
#Gratitude

Fragile as reason is and limited as law is as the institutionalized medium of reason, that's all we have standing between us and the tyranny of mere will and the cruelty of unbridled, undisciplined feeling
Felix Frankfurter
#Reason

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
#American Judge #Constitution

The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself and not what we have said about it
Felix Frankfurter
#Constitution

Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess.
Felix Frankfurter
#American Judge

We forget that the most successful statesmen have been professionals. Lincoln was a professional politician.
Felix Frankfurter
#American Judge

The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards
Felix Frankfurter
#Liberty

I don't like a man to be too efficient. He's likely to be not human enough.
Felix Frankfurter
#American Judge

There can be no security where there is fear.
Felix Frankfurter
#American Judge

It must take account of what it decrees for today in order that today may not paralyze tomorrow.
Felix Frankfurter
#American Judge

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
#Mind #American Judge

The mode by which the inevitable is reached is effort.
Felix Frankfurter
#American Judge

Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
Felix Frankfurter
#American Judge

The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards.
Felix Frankfurter
#American Judge

Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
Felix Frankfurter
#American Judge

To some lawyers, all facts are created equal.
Felix Frankfurter
#American Judge

Answers are not obtained by putting the wrong question and thereby begging the real one.
Felix Frankfurter
#American Judge