37 Total Quotes

William Rehnquist Quotes

The Constitution does not guarantee the right to acquire information at a public library without any risk of embarrassment.
William Rehnquist
#Constitution

We decline to overrule Miranda ourselves,
William Rehnquist
#Decline

The Constitution requires that Congress treat similarly situated persons similarly, not that it engage in gestures of superficial equality.
William Rehnquist
#Congress

Even today, when society's views on abortion are changing, the very existence of the debate is evidence that the `right' to an abortion is not so universally accepted as (Roe) would have us believe.
William Rehnquist
#Abortion

I think it's safe to say that no one smelled more roses than my dad,
William Rehnquist
#Dad

When you are young and impecunious, society conditions you to exchange time for money, and this is quite as it should be. Very few people are hurt by having to work for a living. But as you become more affluent, it somehow is very, very difficult to reverse that process and begin trading money for time.
William Rehnquist
#Money

It is impossible to build sound constitutional doctrine upon a mistaken understanding of constitutional history. . . . The establishment clause has been expressly freighted with Jefferson's misleading metaphor for nearly forty years. . . . There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition that the framers intended to build a wall of separation [between church and state]. . . . The recent court decisions are in no way based on either the language or the intent of the framers.
William Rehnquist
#Doctrine

Our judges will not continue to represent the diverse face of America if only the well-to-do or the mediocre are willing to become judges.
William Rehnquist
#America

The Supreme Court is an institution far more dominated by centrifugal forces, pushing toward individuality and independence, than it is by centripetal forces pulling for hierarchical ordering and institutional unity.
William Rehnquist
#Independence

The framers of our Constitution came up with two major contributions to the art of government. The first was the idea of an executive not dependent on the political support of the legislature. The second was the idea of the judiciary independent of the executive and legislative branches.
William Rehnquist
#Art

Inadequate compensation seriously compromises the judicial independence fostered by life tenure. That low salaries might force judges to return to the private sector rather than stay on the bench risks affecting judicial performance. . . . Every time an experienced judge leaves the bench, the nation suffers temporary loss in judicial productivity. Diminishing judicial salaries affects not only those who have become judges but also the pool of those willing to be considered for a position on the federal bench.
William Rehnquist
#Force

Pregnancy is of course confined to women, but it is in other ways significantly different from the typical covered disease or disability.
William Rehnquist
#Disease

A father's interest in having a child -- perhaps his only child -- may be unmatched by any other interest in life.
William Rehnquist
#Interest

I wrote this book for a sense of personal satisfaction. Just like taking a good photograph or painting a picture or playing a good golf game or something, it's the thing in itself that justifies it.
William Rehnquist
#Painting

To the extent that libraries wish to offer unfiltered access, they are free to do so without federal assistance.
William Rehnquist
#Libraries

I leave you now a wiser, but not a sadder, man,
William Rehnquist
#Man

a gentle dignity and an unfailing sense of purpose and sometimes a sense of humor.
William Rehnquist
#Dignity

I used to worry about every little footnote, ... Now I realize you just need five votes.
William Rehnquist
#Worry

the fairest, most efficient boss I have ever had.
William Rehnquist
#Boss

I didn't know we had that many people on our court.
William Rehnquist
#People

We start with first principles. The Constitution created a federal government [whose] powers are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite,
William Rehnquist
#Constitution

He was a man of character and dedication.
William Rehnquist
#Character

[First, he found in the Texas anti-abortion law no violation of due process because the traditional test--rational relation to a valid state objective--was easily satisfied. As to the majority in Roe having cranked up the test--the law could be sustained only if the State could show a] compelling state interest, ... the history of the Fourteenth Amendment.
William Rehnquist
#Abortion

[Professor Barton H.] Buzz ... He was a great jurist with sharp logic, a photographic memory, and a love of history. He leaves as his legacy not only scores of precedent-setting legal decisions but the modern conservative legal movement. He was the favorite of years of law clerks who always found him willing to take the time to offer personal advice. Those of us fortunate enough to get to know him outside the courtroom will miss him for his humor, friendship, warmth, and tennis game.
William Rehnquist
#History

Garvey said. ''He's been very important in getting the court to recognize limitations on congressional power.
William Rehnquist
#Power

an excellent administrator. No justice ever missed a deadline in the time he served.
William Rehnquist
#Justice

As the demographic makeup of this pool changes, it seems entirely likely that the under-representation of minorities to which you refer in your letter will also change,
William Rehnquist
#Makeup

No exact formula can dictate a resolution in fact-intensive cases such as this,
William Rehnquist
#Resolution

And the public visiting the capitol grounds is more likely to have considered the religious aspect of the tablets' message as part of what is a broader moral and historical message.
William Rehnquist
#Religious

We strike down the floating buffer zones around people entering and leaving the clinics because they burden more speech than is necessary to serve the relevant government interests,
William Rehnquist
#People