Thurgood Marshall Quotes

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Thurgood Marshall Quotes

Truth is more than a mental exercise.
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In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.

— Thurgood Marshall

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.

— Thurgood Marshall

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

— Thurgood Marshall

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

— Thurgood Marshall

What is the quality of your intent?

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Equal means getting the same thing, at the same time and in the same place.

— Thurgood Marshall

The Ku Klux Klan never dies. They just stop wearing sheets because sheets cost too much.

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The process of democracy is one of change. Our laws are not frozen into immutable form, they are constantly in the process of revision in response to the needs of a changing society.

— Thurgood Marshall

Classifications and distinctions based on race or color have no moral or legal validity in our society. They are contrary to our constitution and laws.

— Thurgood Marshall

The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down.

— Thurgood Marshall

We can always stick together when we are losing, but tend to find means of breaking up when we're winning. In Grace under Pressure, by Hastie, 1984.

— Thurgood Marshall

[T]he Constitution was a product of its times. [Progressive]

— Thurgood Marshall

We must dissent from the fear.

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Our Constitution is the envy of the world, as it should be for it is the grand design of the finest nation on earth.

— Thurgood Marshall

Truth is more than a mental exercise.

— Thurgood Marshall

Some may more quietly commemorate the suffering, struggle, and sacrifice that has triumphed over much of what was wrong with the original document, and observe the anniversary with hopes not realized and promises not fulfilled. I plan to celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution as a living document, including the Bill of Rights and the other amendments protecting individual freedoms and human rights.

— Thurgood Marshall

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