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Felix Frankfurter
November 15, 1882 - February 22, 1965
Nationality: American
Category: Judge
Subcategory: American Judge

Anybody can decide a question if only a single principle is in controversy.


Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.


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.


It simply is not true that war never settles anything.


The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards.


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.


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


The mode by which the inevitable is reached is effort.


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.


To some lawyers, all facts are created equal.


Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.

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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.


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


It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people.


Answers are not obtained by putting the wrong question and thereby begging the real one.


We forget that the most successful statesmen have been professionals. Lincoln was a professional politician.


Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.


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


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


There can be no security where there is fear.


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