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Decisions
Engrave this Quote Consequences flow from a justice's interpretation in a direct and immediate way. A judicial decision respecting the incompatibility of Jim Crow with a constitutional guarantee of equality is not simply a contemplative exercise in defining the shape of a just society. It is an order
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-Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Address: To the Text and Teaching Symposium, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., October 12, 1985
Disability, Handicaps
Engrave this Quote Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment.
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-Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.
Lawyers
Engrave this Quote The momentum of his utterances must be greater than any which his personal reputation and character can command.
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-Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., The World: Law: Attorneys & the Practice of Law, "New York Times", October 6, 1963
Rights
Engrave this Quote The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to create rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.
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-Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.

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