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Thurgood Marshall
July 2, 1908 - January 24, 1993
Nationality: American
Category: Judge
Subcategory: American Judge

I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110, shot by a jealous husband.


Today's Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish.


A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi... has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for.


None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.


If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.


Sometimes history takes things into its own hands.


Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely.


Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process.


What is the quality of your intent?


Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds.


Surely the fact that a uniformed police officer is wearing his hair below his collar will make him no less identifiable as a policeman.


In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.


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