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Antonin Scalia

American,  Judge
Total Quotes : 73
Very Made Enemies

A man who has made no enemies is probably not a very good man.

- Antonin Scalia

Law Folly Constitutional

A law can be both economic folly and constitutional.

- Antonin Scalia

Good Honest Dissent

A good, hard-hitting dissent keeps you honest.

- Antonin Scalia

Law Enemy Opposed

By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency, the majority arms well every challenger to a state law restricting marriage to its traditional definition.

- Antonin Scalia

Search Bottom Even

A search is a search, even if it happens to disclose nothing but the bottom of a turntable.

- Antonin Scalia

Death Penalty Been Away

But I'm not pro death penalty. I - I'm just anti the notion that it is not a matter for democratic choice, that it has been taken away from the democratic choice of the people by a provision of the Constitution.

- Antonin Scalia

Will Conscience

Being a good person begins with being a wise person. Then, when you follow your conscience, will you be headed in the right direction.

- Antonin Scalia

Death Constitution Through

Because values change, legislatures abolish the death penalty, permit same-sex marriage if they want, abolish laws against homosexual conduct. That's how the change in a society occurs. Society doesn't change through a Constitution.

- Antonin Scalia

Been Other Everybody

I am something of a contrarian, I suppose. I feel less comfortable when everybody agrees with me. I say, 'I better reexamine my position!' I probably believe that the worst opinions in my court have been unanimous. Because there's nobody on the other side pointing out all the flaws.

- Antonin Scalia

Stupid Law Yes

And what I would say now is, yes, if a state enacted a law permitting flogging, it is immensely stupid, but it is not unconstitutional. A lot of stuff that's stupid is not unconstitutional.

- Antonin Scalia

Constitution Vague

I do accept that, with - with respect to those vague terms in the Constitution such as equal protection of the laws, due process of law, cruel and unusual punishments. I fully accept that those things have to apply to new phenomena that didn't exist at the time.

- Antonin Scalia

Someone Basement Xerox

A journalistic purpose could be someone with a Xerox machine in a basement.

- Antonin Scalia

Flag Unjust Symbol

Burning the flag is a form of expression. Speech doesn't just mean written words or oral words. It could be semaphore. And burning a flag is a symbol that expresses an idea - I hate the government, the government is unjust, whatever.

- Antonin Scalia

Young Man White Corrupt

As a young man, you're dazzled by the power of the White House and all that. But power tends to corrupt.

- Antonin Scalia

Like Amendment Whatsoever

Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited... It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.

- Antonin Scalia

Death Death Penalty Some

There exists in some parts of the world sanctimonious criticism of America's death penalty, as somehow unworthy of a civilized society.

- Antonin Scalia

Constitution Living Meant

I used to say that the Constitution is not a living document. It's dead, dead, dead. But I've gotten better. I no longer say that. The truth is that the Constitution is not one that morphs. It's an enduring Constitution, not a changing Constitution. That is what I've meant when I've said that the Constitution is dead.

- Antonin Scalia

Perfect Okay Big

In a big family the first child is kind of like the first pancake. If it's not perfect, that's okay, there are a lot more coming along.

- Antonin Scalia

University Having Opposed

There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well.

- Antonin Scalia

Thought Before Appropriate

As a general rule, I do not think it appropriate for judges to heap either praise or censure upon a legislative measure that comes before them, lest it be thought that their validation, invalidation, or interpretation of it is driven by their desire to expand or constrict what they personally approve or disapprove as a matter of policy.

- Antonin Scalia