History is nothing

History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true.

For the record,

For the record, I’m a Second World War veteran and served in the Pacific.

I’ve yet to

I’ve yet to read a memoir by anyone I’ve known at all well that came anywhere near to the truth.

I am only

I am only at home in the present.

‘The Turner Diaries’

‘The Turner Diaries’ is a racist daydream by a former physics teacher writing under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald.

The more money

The more money an American accumulates, the less interesting he becomes.

In classical times,

In classical times, it was a capital offense to speculate upon the hour of a king’s death or upon the identity of his successor.

Some have deplored

Some have deplored Lincoln’s indifference to Christianity. But it was not religion, it was religiosity that put him off.

Fifty percent of

Fifty percent of people won’t vote, and fifty percent don’t read newspapers. I hope it’s the same fifty percent.

Half of the

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.

By the time

By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he’s been bought ten times over.

To get people

To get people to do needed things is the perennial hard task of government, not to mention of religion and philosophy.

You cannot deprive

You cannot deprive somebody of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, because that is a right – constitutional right.

Writing fiction has

Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith.

My family is

My family is Southern. I’m used to Bill Clintons.

Like the TV

Like the TV networks, once our government has a hit, it will be repeated over and over again.

I never miss

I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.

Any American who

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.

I think the

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.

In the course

In the course of a marriage, one accommodates the other.

We had to

We had to go on and do the work of the court and we did.

At my advanced

At my advanced age – I’m now an octogenarian – I’m constantly amazed by the number of people who want to take my picture.

My mother told

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

In truth, I

In truth, I did enjoy the benefits of a Harvard connection.

If I had

If I had any talent that God could give me, I would be a great diva.

My law school

My law school class in the late 1950s numbered over 500. That class included less than 10 women.

Most states in

Most states in the union where the death penalty is theoretically on the books don’t have executions.

If you’re going

If you’re going to change things, you have to be with the people who hold the levers.

I really concentrate

I really concentrate on what’s on my plate at the moment and do the very best I can.

Women will only

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

I do hope

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

We will never

We will never see a day when women of means are not able to get a safe abortion in this country.

view of the

view of the equal protection clause that included women.

The state controlling

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

I think daughters

I think daughters can change the perception of their fathers.

It is not

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

Reacting in anger

Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.

So that’s the

So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.

I think we

I think we understand that for the Court to work well, we have to not only respect but genuinely like each other.

I think Mozart’s

I think Mozart’s operas ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ and ‘Don Giovanni’ are the two most perfect ever written. The music is magical.

My mom said,

My mom said, ‘Don’t get married. You’re too young. Go out there and experience what life has to offer.’ And I did.

My mom said,

My mom said, ‘Don’t get married. You’re too young. Go out there and experience what life has to offer.’ And I did.

I’ve learned that

I’ve learned that football sometimes was an outlet. It was a way for me to release anger, release frustration.