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The members of the court were just delighted to have a ninth member -
by Sandra Day O'Connor

The members of the court were just delighted to have a ninth member -
male or female.
They were all kind and welcoming.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious
liberty from a room of silent,
thoughtful schoolchildren.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Having family responsibilities and concerns just has
to make you a more understanding person.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the
core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

 

My hope is that 10 years from now, after I've been
across the street at work for a while,
they'll all be glad they gave me that wonderful vote.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

We pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to the values,
principles, and education they need to make them good citizens.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

The more education a woman has, the wider the gap between
men's and women's earnings for the same work.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

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Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time.
No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

The framers of the Constitution were so clear in the
federalist papers and elsewhere that they felt an independent
judiciary was critical to the success of the nation.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Historically courts in this country have been insulated.
We do not look beyond our borders for precedents.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

If I stumbled badly in doing the job,
I think it would have made life more difficult for women,
and that was a great concern of mine and still is.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Each of us brings to our job, whatever it is,
our lifetime of experience and our values.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

I need to retire from retirement.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments,
not on my gender.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing
majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th
Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

The fact is, we are a nine-member court that sits on cases.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

My concern was whether I could do the job of a justice
well enough to convince the nation that my appointment was the right move.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

I don't know that there are any short cuts to doing a good job.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Yes, I will bring the understanding of a woman to the Court,
but I doubt that alone will affect my decisions.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

There was no hostility at the court when I arrived.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

I think the important thing about my appointment is
not that I will decide cases as a woman,
but that I am a woman who will get to decide cases.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Justice Ginsburg is a very competent justice,
and it is a joy to have her on the court,
but particularly for me it is a pleasure to have a
second woman on the court.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

A moment of silence is not inherently religious.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

I wanted to be a cattle rancher when I was young,
because it was what I knew and I loved it.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

The Establishment Clause prohibits government from
making adherence to a religion relevant in any way
to a person's standing in the political community.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons,
regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect,
responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

My sense is that jurists from other nations around
the world understand that our court occupies a very
special place in the American system,
and that the court is rather well regarded in comparison,
perhaps, to their own.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

I'm a judge.
It seemed to me that it was critical to try to take
action to stem the criticism and help people understand
that in the constitutional framework,
it's terribly important not to have a system of retaliation
against decisions people don't like.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

The abortion cases produced an enormous amount of mail to my chambers,
vastly more than to the other chambers,
I am sure.
I sometimes thought there wasn't a woman in the United
States who didn't write me a letter on one side or the other of that issue.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Most high courts in other nations do not have discretion,
such as we enjoy, in selecting the cases that the high court reviews.
Our court is virtually alone in the amount of discretion it has.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Young women today often have very little appreciation
for the real battles that took place to get women where
they are today in this country.
I don't know how much history young women today know about those battles.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

It matters enormously to a successful democratic society
like ours that we have three branches of government,
each with some independence and some control over the other two.
That's set out in the Constitution.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

We don't accomplish anything in this world alone...
and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry
of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads
form one to another that creates something.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

What was a problem was the excessive amount of media
attention to the appointment of the first woman and everything she did.
Everywhere that Sandra went, the press was sure to go.
And that got tiresome; it was stressful.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

When I went to law school, which after all was back in the dark ages,
we never looked beyond our borders for precedents.
As a state court judge, it never would have occurred to me to do so,
and when I got to the Supreme Court,
it was very much the same.
We just didn't do it.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

The courts of this country should not be the places
where resolution of disputes begins.
They should be the places where the disputes end after
alternative methods of resolving disputes have been considered and tried.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Despite the encouraging and wonderful gains and the
changes for women which have occurred in my lifetime,
there is still room to advance and to promote correction
of the remaining deficiencies and imbalances.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Occasionally we have to interpret an international treaty -
one,
perhaps, affecting airlines and liability for injury
to passengers or damage to goods.
Then, of course, we have to look to the precedents
of other member nations in resolving issues.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct,
and tends to produce ferocity toward
those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
- Bertrand Russell

When your whole family is loving and supportive, it is a great blessing.
But when family members are indifferent or hostile, release your expectations,
and find the love and support you need elsewhere.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The idea of brotherhood re-dawns upon the world
with a broader significance
than the narrow association of
members in a sect or creed.
- Helen Keller

No society can surely be flourishing and happy,
of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith

He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow,
for the root of all grief is attachment.
Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.
- Chanakya

Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof.
- Richard Bach

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
- Rita Rudner

As parties began to develop around the turn of the 19th century,
you had party nominees for President nominated in caucuses
made up of party members in Congress.
- Michael Beschloss

Those who suffer are not those at the top,
but are the less privileged members of society.
- Bianca Jagger

Others don't want to listen to viewpoints that members of the church have.
- William P. Leahy

Being a songwriter does not rely on an audience or
other band members or a camera.
I can just sit in a room and write songs.
- Rick Springfield

Exeter was, I suspect, more crucial in my life than
in the lives of most members of my class,
and conceivably, than in the lives of almost anyone
else who ever attended the school.
- John Knowles

Well, remember that we were all members of the Association
for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
- Joseph Jarman

We're sad about some of the losses of members of great
seniority and distinction in the Congress,
and some very new members, who will no longer be serving with us.
- Nancy Pelosi

With the exception of certain rodents,
no other vertebrate except Homo sapiens habitually
destroys members of his own species.
- Anthony Storr

We are telling veterans they must sacrifice to pay
for the pet projects and contracts to campaign donors
of powerful members of Congress.
- Nick Lampson

We have developed overlays for the keys of the cash
registers with the help of the Braille Institute,
so that blind crew members can take orders and help our guests.
- Carl Karcher

I really want younger audience members to see kids
in their early 20's playing Frank's music and to be
inspired to take things to a higher level themselves.
- Dweezil Zappa

I would say that I would do the same thing with any
other members of the rascals that are still alive.
- Tommy Bond

I suspect that no community will become humane and
caring by restricting what its members can say.
- Derek Bok

I was on a founding members of the Canadian theatre
movement in the late 60's till the mid 70's and performed
theatre from Halifax to Vancouver and all places in between.
- Nick Mancuso

The reality is that international institutions like
the UN can only be as effective as its members allow it to be.
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee

It is rather a problem of how to secure the best use
of resources known to any of the members of society,
for ends whose relative importance only those individuals know.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

If a country is to be corruption free and become a
nation of beautiful minds,
I strongly feel there are three key societal members
who can make a difference.
They are the father, the mother and the teacher.
- Abdul Kalam

The majority of the members of the Irish parliament
are professional politicians,
in the sense that otherwise they would not be given
jobs minding mice at crossroads.
- Flann O'Brien

The only people I have seen who have been truly pushing
for the truth are the family members.
- Sibel Edmonds

There the union of Church and State tends strongly
to paralyze some of the members of the body of Christ.
Here there is no such influence to destroy spiritual life and power.
- Josiah Strong

Members will hear me say repeatedly words are important;
deeds are a reality.
- Jon Corzine

Additionally, any Human Rights Council reform that
allows countries with despicable human rights records to remain as members,
such as China and Saudi Arabia, is not real reform.
- Michael McCaul

For as we have many members in one body,
and all members have not the same office:
so we,
being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
- Joseph Butler

A family with the wrong members in control;
that,
perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
- George Orwell

It was pretty frightening because as we all know,
when large, famous groups breakup, a lot of the members
don't survive in solo careers.
- Don Henley

We, some cast members and I, even went on a weekend
trip together and spent the weekend at an inn,
because we enjoy each other's company so much,
and it was so cool.
- Victor Garber


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