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Sandra Day O'Connor
March 26, 1930 -
Nationality: American
Category: Judge
Subcategory: American Judge

Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.


Yes, I will bring the understanding of a woman to the Court, but I doubt that alone will affect my decisions.


It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren.


There was no hostility at the court when I arrived.


Young women today often have very little appreciation for the real battles that took place to get women where they are today in this country. I don't know how much history young women today know about those battles.


I'm a judge. It seemed to me that it was critical to try to take action to stem the criticism and help people understand that in the constitutional framework, it's terribly important not to have a system of retaliation against decisions people don't like.


It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself.


Most high courts in other nations do not have discretion, such as we enjoy, in selecting the cases that the high court reviews. Our court is virtually alone in the amount of discretion it has.


A moment of silence is not inherently religious.


The fact is, we are a nine-member court that sits on cases.


What was a problem was the excessive amount of media attention to the appointment of the first woman and everything she did. Everywhere that Sandra went, the press was sure to go. And that got tiresome; it was stressful.


My sense is that jurists from other nations around the world understand that our court occupies a very special place in the American system, and that the court is rather well regarded in comparison, perhaps, to their own.


My hope is that 10 years from now, after I've been across the street at work for a while, they'll all be glad they gave me that wonderful vote.


The framers of the Constitution were so clear in the federalist papers and elsewhere that they felt an independent judiciary was critical to the success of the nation.


I don't know that there are any short cuts to doing a good job.


When I went to law school, which after all was back in the dark ages, we never looked beyond our borders for precedents. As a state court judge, it never would have occurred to me to do so, and when I got to the Supreme Court, it was very much the same. We just didn't do it.


Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment.


Justice Ginsburg is a very competent justice, and it is a joy to have her on the court, but particularly for me it is a pleasure to have a second woman on the court.


Each of us brings to our job, whatever it is, our lifetime of experience and our values.


The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender.


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