Felix Frankfurter Quotes

Felix Frankfurter (November 15, 1882 – February 22, 1965) was a jurist, who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Frankfurter was born in Vienna and immigrated to New York at the age of 12. He graduated from Harvard Law School and was active politically, helping to found the American Civil Liberties Union. He was a friend and adviser of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1939. Frankfurter served on the Supreme Court for 23 years, and was a noted advocate of judicial restraint in the judgments of the Court.

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Felix Frankfurter


The mark of a truly civilized man is confidence in the strength and security derived from the inquiring mind.

Felix Frankfurter

#Derived #Minds


Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess.

Felix Frankfurter

#Game #Litigation


It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals.

Felix Frankfurter

#Treatment #Wise Man


If nowhere else, in the relation between Church and State, "good fences make good neighbors.

Felix Frankfurter

#Relation


Fragile as reason is and limited as law is as the institutionalised medium of reason, that's all we have between us and the tyranny of mere will and the cruelty of unbridled, undisciplined feelings.

Felix Frankfurter

#Tyranny


No judge writes on a wholly clean slate.

Felix Frankfurter


The line must follow some direction of policy, whether rooted in logic or experience. Lines should not be drawn simply for the sake of drawing lines.

Felix Frankfurter

#Rooted #Sake


Appeal must be to an informed, civically militant electorate.

Felix Frankfurter


I know of no title that I deem more honorable than that of Professor of the Harvard Law School.

Felix Frankfurter

#Deem #Harvard


In law also the emphasis makes the song.

Felix Frankfurter

#Also #Law #Makes #Song


The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.

Felix Frankfurter

#Rulers #Washington


Government is itself an art, one of the subtlest of the arts. It is neither business, nor technology, nor applied science. It is the art of making men live together in peace and with reasonable happiness.

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#Reasonable


In the first place, lawyers better remember they are human beings, and a human being who hasn't his periods of doubts and distresses and disappointments must be a cabbage, not a human being. That is number one.

Felix Frankfurter


Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of a free society.

Felix Frankfurter

#Press


The most constructive way of resolving conflicts is to avoid them

Felix Frankfurter

#Conflicts #Resolving