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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The mark of a truly civilized man is confidence in the strength and security derived from the inquiring mind.
It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals.
If nowhere else, in the relation between Church and State, "good fences make good neighbors.
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.
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.
I know of no title that I deem more honorable than that of Professor of the Harvard Law School.
The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.
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.
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.
Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of a free society.