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By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I do think that being the second [female Supreme Court Justice] is wonderful, because it is a sign that being a woman in a place of importance is no longer extraordinary.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

When I graduated from law school in 1959, there wasn't a single woman on any federal bench. It wouldn't be a realistic ambition for a woman to want to become a federal judge.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

As De Tocqueville said, sooner or later in the United States, every controversy ends up in court. I think that's a great - says great things about our judicial system.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Every gal and every boy that's born alive is either a little liberal or else a little conservative.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that changed their abortion laws before Roe are not going to change back. So we have a policy that only affects poor women, and it can never be otherwise.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

You would have a huge statelessness problem if you don't consider a child born abroad a U.S. citizen.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

It is not women's liberation, it is women's and men's liberation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

We do not read (the law) to elevate accommodation of religious observances over an institution's need to maintain order and safety, ... We have no cause to believe that (the law) would not be applied in an appropriately balanced way, without sensitivity to security concerns.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Dissents speak to a future age. It's not simply to say, 'My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.' But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The written argument endures. The oral argument is fleeting.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

When contemplated in its extreme, almost any power looks dangerous.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Generalizations about the "way women are" and estimates of what is appropriate for most women no longer justify denying opportunity to women whose talent and capacity place them outside the average description.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Dissents speak to a future age.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Second Amendment has a preamble about the need for a militia. Because there is a need for a militia to be at the ready, therefore the right to keep and bear arms must be secured.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Prisons should be co-ed because separate quarters are discriminatory.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

..the United States is subject to the scrutiny of a candid world ... what the United States does, for good or for ill, continues to be watched by the international community, in particular by organizations concerned with the advancement of the rule of law and respect for human dignity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The irony and tragedy is any woman of means can have a safe abortion somewhere in the United States. But women lacking the wherewithal to travel can't. There is no big constituency out there concerned about access restrictions on poor women.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

We live in an age in which the fundamental principles to which we subscribe - liberty, equality and justice for all - are encountering extraordinary challenges, ... But it is also an age in which we can join hands with others who hold to those principles and face similar challenges.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

One might plausibly contend that Congress violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers when it exonerates itself from the impositions of the laws it obligates people outside the legislature to obey.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Who will take responsibility for raising the next generation?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Congress could always stop the President if Congress thinks that what the President has done exceeds the President's authority or is just wrong for the United States.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A prime part of the history of our Constitution is the story of the extension of constitutional rights to people once ignored or excluded.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I became a lawyer for selfish reasons. I thought I could do a lawyer’s job better than any other.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sometimes people say unkind or thoughtless things, and when they do, it is best to be a little hard of hearing — to tune out and not snap back in anger or impatience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

All respect for the office of the presidency aside, I assumed that the obvious and unadulterated decline of freedom and constitutional sovereignty, not to mention the efforts to curb the power of judicial review, spoke for itself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I'm sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there'd been nine men, and nobody's ever raised a question about that.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be 'perceived as favoring one religion over another,' the very 'risk the [Constitution's] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Arizona presents no specific reason for excepting capital defendants from the constitutional protections extended to defendants generally, and none is readily apparent.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

People who have been hardworking, tax paying, those people ought to be given an opportunity to be on a track that leads towards citizenship and if that happened, then they wouldn't be prey to the employers who say we want you because we know that you work for a salary we could not lawfully pay anyone else.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

If there was one decision I would overrule, it would be Citizens United. I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

My rule was I will not answer a question that attempts to project how I will rule in a case that might come before the court.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

You're saying, no, state said two kinds of marriage; the full marriage, and then this sort of skim-milk marriage.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Feminism … I think the simplest explanation, and one that captures the idea, is a song that Marlo Thomas sang, 'Free to be You and Me.' Free to be, if you were a girl—doctor, lawyer, Indian chief. Anything you want to be. And if you’re a boy, and you like teaching, you like nursing, you would like to have a doll, that’s OK too. That notion that we should each be free to develop our own talents, whatever they may be, and not be held back by artificial barriers—manmade barriers, certainly not heaven sent.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Yet what greater defeat could we suffer than to come to resemble the forces we oppose in their disrespect for human dignity?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Historically, the new government had no money to pay for an army, so they relied on the state militias. And the states required men to have certain weapons and they specified in the law what weapons these people had to keep in their home so that when they were called to do service as militiamen, they would have them. That was the entire purpose of the Second Amendment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I do hope that some of my dissents will one day be the law.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

My own view, and I've said this many times, is as long as I can do the work full steam, I will stay on the Court. But when I feel myself slipping, when I slow down in my ability to write opinions with fair dispatch, when I forget the names of cases that I once could recite at the drop of a hat, I will know it is time for me to go.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Every constitution written since the end of World War II includes a provision that men and women are citizens of equal stature. Ours does not.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Depriving a parent of parental status is as devastating as a criminal conviction.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The impact of all these restrictions is on poor women, because women who have means, if their state doesn't provide access, another state does. ... It makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Even the Declaration of Independence starts out all men are created equal, so I see my advocacy as part of an effort to make the equality principle everything the founders would have wanted it to be if they weren't held back by the society in which they lived and particularly the shame of slavery.