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Felix Frankfurter Quotes

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.
— Felix Frankfurter —

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.

— Felix Frankfurter

Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess.

— Felix Frankfurter

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.

— Felix Frankfurter

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

— Felix Frankfurter

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

— Felix Frankfurter

Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of achieving a free society.

— Felix Frankfurter

It must take account of what it decrees for today in order that today may not paralyze tomorrow.

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It is important not to give the appearance of a predisposed mind. And it is more important not to let the mind become predisposed.

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Future lawyers should be more aware that law is not a system of abstract logic, but the web of arrangements, rooted in history but also in hopes, for promoting to a maximum the full use of a nation's resources and talents.

— Felix Frankfurter

What becomes decisive to a Justice's functioning on the Court in the large area within which his individuality moves is his general attitude toward law, the habits of the mind that he has formed or is capable of unforming, his capacity for detachment, his temperament or training for putting his passion behind his judgment instead of in front of it. The attitudes and qualities which I am groping to characterize are ingredients of what compendiously might be called dominating humility.

— Felix Frankfurter

The words of the Constitution ... are so unrestricted by their intrinsic meaning or by their history or by tradition or by prior decisions that they leave the individual Justice free, if indeed they do not compel him, to gather meaning not from reading the Constitution but from reading life.

— Felix Frankfurter

Without a free press there can be no free society. That is axiomatic. However, freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of a free society. The scope and nature of the constitutional guarantee of the freedom of the press are to be viewed and applied in that light.

— Felix Frankfurter

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