Stephen Breyer quotes

  • The advantages? Exercise, no parking problems, gas prices, it's fun. An automobile is expensive. You have to find a place to park and it's not fun. So why not ride a bicycle? I recommend it.
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Fun #Exercise #Why Not

  • The best clue to what a person thinks is what he says.
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Wisdom #Thinking #Clue

  • You will read in the newspaper more often about federal courts, but the law that affects people, the trials that affect human beings are by and large in the state courts
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Law #People #Trials

  • People have to be educated and they have to stick to it. If people lose that respect, an awful lot is lost
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #People #Awful #Sticks

  • It's important to every American that the law protect his or her basic liberty
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Law #Liberty #Important

  • It doesn't help to fight crime to put people in prison who are innocent.
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Fighting #People #Helping

  • This understanding, underlying constitutional interpretation since the New Deal, reflects the Constitution's demands for structural flexibility sufficient to adapt substantive laws and institutions to rapidly changing social, economic, and technological conditions.
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Law #Understanding #Demand

  • To threaten the institution is to threaten fair administration of justice and protection of liberty.
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Umpires #Justice #Liberty

  • Active liberty is particularly at risk when law restricts speech directly related to the shaping of public opinion, for example, speech that takes place in areas related to politics and policy-making by elected officials. That special risk justifies especially strong pro-speech judicial presumptions. It also justifies careful review whenever the speech in question seeks to shape public opinion, particularly if that opinion in turn will affect the political process and the kind of society in which we live.
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Strong #Law #Political

  • You can have many different selection systems, but the bottom line has to be a system that, once the judge takes office that judge will feel that he or she is to decide the case without reference to the popular thing or the popular will of the moment
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Judging #Office #Lines

  • We can speak about the institution, but ultimately the bar is the group that both is in touch with the public on the one hand and understands the judicial institution on the other
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Hands #Groups #Bars

  • Judges are appointed often through the political process
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Judging #Political #Process

  • We are selected, but I grew up in California and in San Francisco and there was a system of electing judges.
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #California #San Francisco #Judging

  • I mean, there are lots of people who get married who can't have children. To take a state that does allow adoption and say-there, what is the justification for saying no gay marriage? Certainly not the one you said, is it?
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Children #Mean #Gay

  • There are loads of countries that have nice written constitutions like ours. But there aren't loads of countries where they're followed.
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Country #Nice #Constitution

  • Every citizen has to figure out what kind of government he or she wants.
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Government #Citizens #Want

  • And the problem is once you get into this campaign business and begin to have a lot of money, then the person on the bench begins to think - what's going to happen if I decide the case this way or that way?
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Thinking #Benches #Way

  • Independence doesn't mean you decide the way you want.
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Mean #Independence #Way

  • Independence means you decide according to the law and the facts.
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Mean #Law #Independence

  • Nobody wants a judge to be subject to the political whim of the moment.
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Judging #Political #Want

  • But once the person is selected, at that point that person is independent.
    -- Stephen Breyer

    #Independent #Persons

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