William Rehnquist quotes

  • The 'wall of separation between church and state' is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Wall #Judging #Church

  • What many of those who oppose the use of juries in civil trials seem to ignore is that the founders of our Nation considered the right of trial by jury in civil cases an important bulwark against tyranny and corruption, a safeguard too precious to be left to the whim of the sovereign, or, it might be added, to that of the judiciary.
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Law #Important #Use

  • Somewhere "out there," beyond the walls of the courthouse, run currents and tides of public opinion which lap at the courtroom door.
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Running #Wall #Doors

  • The wall of separation between church and state is a metaphor based on bad history.
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Wall #Church #Separation

  • At the heart of the First Amendment is the recognition of the fundamental importance of the free flow of ideas and opinions on matters of public interest and concern. The freedom to speak one's mind is not only an aspect of individual liberty - and thus a good unto itself - but also is essential to the common quest for truth and the vitality of society as a whole. We have therefore been particularly vigilant to ensure that individual expressions of ideas remain free from governmentally imposed sanctions.
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Heart #Expression #Ideas

  • We start with first principles. The Constitution creates a Federal Government of enumerated powers.
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Power #Government #Firsts

  • A father's interest in having a child--perhaps his only child--may be unmatched by any other interest in his life. It is truly surprising that the state must assign a greater value to a mother's decision to cut off a potential human life by abortion than to a father's decision to let it mature into a live child.
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Mother #Children #Father

  • The Constitution requires that Congress treat similarly situated persons similarly, not that it engages in gestures of superficial equality.
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Gestures #Constitution #Superficial

  • Pregnancy is of course confined to women, but it is in other ways significantly different from the typical covered disease or disability
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Pregnancy #Disease #Way

  • I realize that it is an unpopular and unhumanitarian position, for which I have been excoriated by 'liberal' colleagues, but I think Plessy v. Ferguson was right and should be re-affirmed,
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Thinking #Ferguson #Realizing

  • Perhaps you should say there should be mandatory retirement even of members of the court, members of the federal judiciary. I'm sure there can be questions about whether one does as good work when you get into your - you know, I'm 67.
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Retirement #Doe #Good Work

  • It is always possible for the court to overreach its proper bounds and perhaps declare a lot of laws unconstitutional and frustrate the will of the majority in a way that it ought not be frustrated.
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Law #Frustrated #Way

  • If you could say of any one individual that the court as an institution is the length and shadow of that individual, surely it would be John Marshall.
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Shadow #Would Be #Individual

  • The Equal Rights Amendment would "turn holy wedlock into holy deadlock."
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Rights #Funny Marriage #Holy

  • [I]f we assume a liberty interest but nevertheless say that, even assuming a liberty interest, a state can prohibit it entirely, that would be rather a conundrum.
    -- William Rehnquist

    #Death #Dying #Liberty

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