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Floyd Abrams Quotes and Sayings

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My role in it was not as central as it was in some
of the later cases considering I was younger then and
I was playing a role of co-counsel on the case.
- Floyd Abrams

The principle though remains the same,
and the important thing is CBS fought hard,
very hard, to protect that principle and will fight again.
- Floyd Abrams

I still owe a duty of loyalty to my clients and former clients,
so I cannot specify which clients I did not especially find congenial,
but the cause was the same.
- Floyd Abrams

I just had the sense that at least the books that I
had read about law just didn't really have enough of that.
- Floyd Abrams


This is going right to the police.
So, it's a very dangerous precedent.
- Floyd Abrams

I know a lot of reporters certainly will go to jail
to defend confidential sources.
Some have even gone to jail for an issue like this.
But I can't say that's the norm.
- Floyd Abrams

I think that the very fact that CBS fought and fought and fought in Texas,
in New York.
- Floyd Abrams

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I try to do that in this book without preaching -
to try to do as you just said that you really have
to defend the First Amendment rights of everybody.
- Floyd Abrams

I think that it is important for people to understand
that whether a good-guy or a bad-guy wins a case is
less important than what the law is that the case results in.
- Floyd Abrams

CBS exhausted the Texas courts.
They went from the trial court to the intermediate
court to the highest court.
- Floyd Abrams

It is within the last quarter century or thirty years.
And a lot of that law has turned out to be very,
very protective of the press and the public's right to know.
- Floyd Abrams

Here we have a situation where a defendant in a case
agrees to an interview with Dan Rather.
It happened to be not confidential.
But it was an interview with Dan Rather.
- Floyd Abrams

I really did try to write it so that an educated public
that cares about issues like this doesn't have to be
a lawyer and can read it and understand it.
- Floyd Abrams

It's not like learning how to hit a curve ball in baseball.
- Floyd Abrams

No other country in the world gives protection like that,
but it is not absolute protection.
People sometimes meet that high burden and win libel suits,
and in those cases I think they ought to win.
- Floyd Abrams

It has something to do with the facts and the law and who the judges are.
So I think lawyers sometimes exaggerate their role in winning and losing.
Lawyers do have a role, and a major role,
but they're not the only players in this game.
- Floyd Abrams

I am really impressed by lawyers who write books and
tell us that they never lost a case.
Most lawyers who have never lost a case have not had enough hard cases.
But there are very difficult cases out there.
- Floyd Abrams

If the word gets out, if the perception exists that
by speaking to a CBS journalist you are,
therefore, inevitably, immediately speaking to the police,
I don't think there's any doubt but that people won't talk.
And, therefore, the public won't learn.
- Floyd Abrams

When I began we did not really have a lot of First Amendment law.
It is really surprising to think of it this way,
but a lot of the law - most of the law that relates
to the First Amendment freedom of the press in America -
is really within living memory.
- Floyd Abrams

The question at the end of the day was,
the courts having found there was no defense,
a producer about to go to jail, should CBS in effect
tell the producer go to jail even though there is no
law at all that we can use to get you out of jail?
- Floyd Abrams

Were this not Texas, were there not a state where there
were no protections at all and where the law was clear on that,
I think CBS and Mary Mapes and Dan Rather and all of
us had a very good chance of winning.
So this is an ongoing battle about an issue of principle.
- Floyd Abrams

I think we have some serious problems now,
but, if you look back over the last thirty or forty
years that my book deals with,
I think we are in better shape now than we would have
been if all of those cases had not come down.
- Floyd Abrams

So sometimes the facts are good and sometimes the facts are bad,
the important thing from the point of view of a principle
as broad and important as freedom of speech is that
the courts articulate and set forth in a very protective
way what those principles are.
- Floyd Abrams

I really try at least to come back and answer the question
as to whether that was really the best way to do that
and was I really thinking straight and how did my opponents
behave and how did the judges behave was needed.
- Floyd Abrams

It just seems to be a human trait to want to protect
the speech of people with whom we agree.
For the First Amendment, that is not good enough.
So it is really important that we protect First Amendment
rights of people no matter what side of the line they are on.
- Floyd Abrams

It is not to benefit CBS, not to benefit its reporters.
On this one, the entire basis of it is this is a way to get more information,
more important information to the public.
And that's why so many states recognize this.
- Floyd Abrams

I would say that the Pentagon Papers case of 1971 -
in which the government tried to block the The New
York Times and The Washington Post that they obtained
from a secret study of how we got involved in the war in Vietnam -
that is probably the most important case.
- Floyd Abrams

The government would be able to go to court with respect to newspaper articles,
broadcast pieces and the like that they thought were
bad or harmful or even against the government and try to block them.
- Floyd Abrams

There are some circumstances in which the First Amendment
interest comes up against another interest that is
really important and in which we have to make a decision
in a particular case as to which is more important.
- Floyd Abrams

CBS fought very hard on this because it believed and
believes that there's a principle at stake here.
The principle is that Dan Rather doesn't work for the police,
and that people that speak to Dan Rather understand
that he's a journalist and not a police agent.
- Floyd Abrams

I mean the idea of this is that it's a good thing for
the public to hear interviews like this and that there
will be an inevitable amount of fewer interviews if
people that the press talks to wind up thinking,
well, it's not really a CBS correspondent.
- Floyd Abrams

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating.
Youngsters need good models more than they need critics.
It's one of a parent's greatest responsibilities and opportunities.
- John Wooden

I have gratitude for EVERYTHING that has ever occurred
to bring me to this moment.
I accept that no one else is ever to blame
for either my joy or my suffering.
The entire cause of all my joys and all my sufferings
is my own emotional response to the events of my life,
and I am committed to consistently distinguishing
between my feelings about events
and the physical occurrences of those events.
I declare that everyone who has ever played
any role in any of the events of my life
is entirely without fault.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I give thanks for everything that has occurred
to bring me to this moment in time.
Every event that has ever occurred in my life
has played a crucial role in delivering me to this instant.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have spent many years of my life in opposition,
and I rather like the role.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The function of the press in society is to inform,
but its role in society is to make money.
- A. J. Liebling

America has a critical role to play as the most powerful
member of the world community.
- Adam Schiff

A woman must combine the role of mother,
wife and politician.
- Emma Bonino

I Forgive Myself and All Others with Compassion -
I forgive everyone, especially myself,
for all actions and all inactions throughout my entire life.
I accept that no one else has ever been to blame
for either my joy or my suffering.
The entire cause of all my joys and all my sufferings
is my own emotional response to the events of my life,
and I am committed to consistently distinguishing
between my feelings about events
and the physical occurrence of those events.
I declare that everyone who has ever played any role
in any of the events of my life is entirely without fault.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Women's natural role is to be a pillar of the family.
- Grace Kelly

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say,
but what we are unable to say.
- Anais Nin

Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.
- Margaret Mead

A corporation's primary goal is to make money.
Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of
that money and give it to others.
- Larry Ellison

My role model was my grandfather.
He instilled in me the feeling that no matter how successful
you are you have a responsibility to help others.
- Kevin Johnson

Nevertheless, the realization that breaking a pencil
point would have far less disastrous consequences played little or no role,
I believe, in this decision to explore theory!
- Rudolph A. Marcus

I will continue to advocate for a strong federal government
role to establish the production,
storage and distribution networks needed to support a hydrogen economy.
- Albert Wynn

I did this role in Life Goes On as an HIV positive
character and so emotionally that was the most challenging.
- Chad Lowe

The mystique associated with the bomb,
the role that scientists played in it,
and its general importance could not fail to impress even a six-year old.
- Sidney Altman

My role and my obligation was to conduct criminal investigations.
- Louis Freeh

I have a role now that I think becomes me.
I am a grandmother.
- Gene Tierney

In terms of being a role model, I didn't start out to be one.
I don't go to work every day with that in mind.
But, I do get a lot of fan mail from young girls.
- Victoria Pratt

I've never been to New Zealand before.
But one of my role models, Xena, the warrior princess,
comes from there.
- Madeleine Albright

I'd always tried not to worry about the size of the
role or the size of the film.
- Kevin Bacon

When I finished the role of Christ, I felt as though
I'd been let out on parole.
A man who has served 18 months isn't eager to go back to prison.
- Max von Sydow

Of course, it's imperative that we stabilize Iraq and
quickly reduce our armed role there.
- David Hackworth

Co-operation between governments still plays an important
role and will remain indispensable.
- Lionel Jospin

I know Mama Rose is a great role and I love having a chance to do it.
- Bernadette Peters

I love the role of Ripley.
- Sigourney Weaver

Sometimes a role might be difficult on my throat.
- Tara Strong

All the best performers bring to their role something more,
something different than what the author put on paper.
That's what makes theatre live.
That's why it persists.
- Stephen Sondheim

No, I like being a role model because I know how much
comfort my musical idols brought me.
- Shirley Manson

North Carolina, particularly the 8th District,
has long played a key role in our Nation's military forces.
- Robin Hayes

I play a recurring role for a character named Doctor Imo.
I assist the villain and show up from time to time.
- Keir Dullea

This fanaticism is what feeds terrorism.
And this is precisely why Muslims must play an active
role in opposing hate sermons and incitement to terrorism
and extremism in their mosques.
- Otto Schily

I created the role of Captain Von Trapp.
- Theodore Bikel

We actors always say how difficult and physically demanding a role was.
But give me a break, it's only a movie.
- Javier Bardem

I've never done any nudity, but I would do basically
anything if a role called for it.
- Claudia Schiffer

Canada has always been a strong supporter of China's accession to the WTO...
We look forward to playing a constructive role in helping
complete China's accession.
- Pierre Pettigrew

Just give me a good role that allows me to hone my craft,
and I am a pretty happy camper.
- Jimmy Smits

Suddenly in the end when it's over, you feel a big
weight on your shoulders.
That's the role of the captain.
Unfortunately, it's sometimes like that in sport.
- Guy Forget

Religion obviously played a role in this book and the previous book,
- Studs Terkel

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