Earl Warren (1891-1974)

“The censor’s sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression.”

“The police must obey the law while enforcing the law.”

“I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.”

“Ben Franklin may have discovered electricity – but it is the man who invented the meter who made the money.”

“In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics.”

“The fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a greater danger to the privacy of the individual.”

“It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.”

“Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism.”

“The man of character, sensitive to the meaning of what he is doing, will know how to discover the ethical paths in the maze of possible behavior.”

“I hate banks. They do nothing positive for anybody except take care of themselves. They’re first in with their fees and first out when there’s trouble.”

“In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education.”

“In mid-life the man wants to see how irresistible he still is to younger women. How they turn their hearts to stone and more or less commit a murder of their marriage I just don’t know, but they do.”

“Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for.”

“The most tragic paradox of our time is to be found in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism.”

“Liberty, not communism, is the most contagious force in the world”

“All provisions of federal, state or local law requiring or permitting discrimination in public education must yield.”

“We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place.”

“We come then to the question presented: Does segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other “tangible” factors may be equal, deprive the children of the minority group of equal education.”

“To get what you want, stop doing what isn’t working.”

“To separate children from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.”

“I’m very pleased with each advancing year. It stems back to when I was forty. I was a bit upset about reaching that milestone, but an older friend consoled me. ‘Don’t complain about growing old — many, many people do not have that privilege.’”

“If it is a mistake of the head and not the heart don’t worry about it, that’s the way we learn.”

“Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”

“You sit up there, and you see the whole gamut of human nature. Even if the case being argued involves only a little fellow and $50, it involves justice. That’s what is important.”

“Life and liberty can be as much endangered from illegal methods used to convict those thought to be criminals as from the actual criminals themselves.”

“Prior to any questioning, the person must be warned that he has a right to remain silent, that any statement he does make may be used as evidence against him and that he has a right to the presence of an attorney, either retained or appointed.”

“Before this distinguished assembly and the world, the bells today proclaim the joyous tidings of the completion of this quietly soaring tower.”

“The old Court you and I served so long will not be worthy of its traditions if Nixon can twist, turn and fashion. If Nixon gets away with that, then Nixon makes the law as he goes along – not the Congress nor the courts.”

“Legislatures represent people, not acres or trees.”

 

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