Antonin Scalia Quotes

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Antonin Scalia quotes: 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. 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 quotes: Why in the world would you have it interpreted by nine lawyers? Why in the world would you have it interpreted by nine lawyers?
Antonin Scalia quotes: Words have meaning. And their meaning doesn't change. Words have meaning. And their meaning doesn't change.
Antonin Scalia quotes: Day by day, case by case, the Supreme Court is busy designing a Constitution for a country I do not recognize. Day by day, case by case, the Supreme Court is busy designing a Constitution for a country I do not recognize.
Antonin Scalia quotes: This is so absurd that it has, to my knowledge, never been contemplated. This is so absurd that it has, to my knowledge, never been contemplated.
Antonin Scalia quotes: One can be sophisticated and believe in God. Reason and intellect are not to be laid aside where matters of religion are concerned. One can be sophisticated and believe in God. Reason and intellect are not to be laid aside where matters of religion are concerned.
Antonin Scalia quotes: This is an execution, not surgery. Where does that come from, that you must find the method of execution that causes the least pain? This is an execution, not surgery. Where does that come from, that you must find the method of execution that causes the least pain?
Antonin Scalia quotes: Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is "established by the State". Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is "established by the State".
Antonin Scalia quotes: Interior decorating is a rock-hard science compared to psychology practiced by amateurs. Interior decorating is a rock-hard science compared to psychology practiced by amateurs.
Antonin Scalia quotes: It is difficult to maintain the illusion that we are interpreting a Constitution, rather than inventing one. It is difficult to maintain the illusion that we are interpreting a Constitution, rather than inventing one.
Antonin Scalia quotes: I think Thomas Jefferson would have said the more speech, the better. I think Thomas Jefferson would have said the more speech, the better.
Antonin Scalia quotes: Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't. Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't.
Antonin Scalia quotes: Certainly one cannot ban cross burning in the sanctity of his bedroom. Certainly one cannot ban cross burning in the sanctity of his bedroom.
Antonin Scalia quotes: It is myopic to base sweeping change on the narrow experience of a few years. It is myopic to base sweeping change on the narrow experience of a few years.
Antonin Scalia quotes: Tyrannies have long lists of rights. What they do not have is structural restraints on the power of government. Tyrannies have long lists of rights. What they do not have is structural restraints on the power of government.
Antonin Scalia quotes: I try to be an honest originalist! I will take the bitter with the sweet! I try to be an honest originalist! I will take the bitter with the sweet!
Antonin Scalia quotes: In the eyes of government we are just one race here. It is American. In the eyes of government we are just one race here. It is American.
Antonin Scalia quotes: A written constitution is needed to protect values AGAINST prevailing wisdom. A written constitution is needed to protect values AGAINST prevailing wisdom.
Antonin Scalia quotes: [The Freedom of Information Act is] the Taj Mahal of the Doctrine of Unanticipated Consequences, the Sistine Chapel of Cost-Benefit Analysis Ignored. [The Freedom of Information Act is] the Taj Mahal of the Doctrine of Unanticipated Consequences, the Sistine Chapel of Cost-Benefit Analysis Ignored.
Antonin Scalia quotes: Originalism says that when you consult the text, you give it the meaning it had when it was adopted, not some later modern meaning. Originalism says that when you consult the text, you give it the meaning it had when it was adopted, not some later modern meaning.
Antonin Scalia quotes: A journalistic purpose could be someone with a Xerox machine in a basement. A journalistic purpose could be someone with a Xerox machine in a basement.
Antonin Scalia quotes: It's not up to the courts to invent new minorities that get special protections. It's not up to the courts to invent new minorities that get special protections.
Antonin Scalia quotes: When did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? 1791? 1868, when the 14th Amendment was adopted? When did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? 1791? 1868, when the 14th Amendment was adopted?
Antonin Scalia quotes: What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you'd like it to mean? What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you'd like it to mean?
Antonin Scalia quotes: There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all. There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all.
Antonin Scalia quotes: The wise do not investigate such silliness. The wise do not investigate such silliness.
Antonin Scalia quotes: The Constitution does not trust judges to make determinations of criminal guilt. The Constitution does not trust judges to make determinations of criminal guilt.
Antonin Scalia quotes: I would not like to be replaced by someone who immediately sets about undoing what I've tried to do for 25-26 years. I would not like to be replaced by someone who immediately sets about undoing what I've tried to do for 25-26 years.
Antonin Scalia quotes: I even accept for the sake of argument that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged. I even accept for the sake of argument that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged.
Antonin Scalia quotes: A law can be both economic folly and constitutional. A law can be both economic folly and constitutional.
Antonin Scalia quotes: It's a long, uphill fight to get back to original orthodoxy. We have two 'originalists' on the Supreme Court. That's something. It's a long, uphill fight to get back to original orthodoxy. We have two 'originalists' on the Supreme Court. That's something.
Antonin Scalia quotes: For in order for capitalism to work in order for it to produce a good and a stable society the traditional Christian virtues are essential. For in order for capitalism to work
in order for it to produce a good and a stable society
the traditional Christian virtues are essential.
Antonin Scalia quotes: But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets of our cities. But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets of our cities.
Antonin Scalia quotes: Campaign promises are - by long democratic tradition - the least binding form of human commitment. Campaign promises are - by long democratic tradition - the least binding form of human commitment.