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Sandra Day O'Connor
“Slaying the dragon of delay is no sport for the short-winded.”
“[After attorney Harry McCall said in court, 'I would like to remind you gentlemen of a legal point':] Would you like to remind me, too?”
“Unfortunately civility is hard to codify or legislate, but you know it when you see it. It's possible to disagree without being disagreeable.”
“... being a member of the court is a lot like walking through fresh concrete. Do you remember doing that as a child and leaving a footprint and it hardens after you? I'm afraid that's what we do and we look back and we see those opinions we've written and they've sort of hardened after us.”
“I don't know that there are any short cuts to doing a good job.”
“The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come.”
“[On her early days in a mall law office collecting unpaid grocery bills:] People don't ordinarily look forward to starting at the bottom. While you may be a lowly foot soldier ... no one knows more about solving a problem than the person at the bottom.”
“Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly?”
Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court justice, adjudicator