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Sandra Day O'Connor

  • Slaying the dragon of delay is no sport for the short-winded.

    • Sandra Day O'Connor,
    • in The Judges' Journal ()
  • [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?

    • Sandra Day O'Connor,
    • in Almanac of the Judiciary ()
  • Unfortunately civility is hard to codify or legislate, but you know it when you see it. It's possible to disagree without being disagreeable.

    • Sandra Day O'Connor,
    • in Judith Martin, Miss Manners Rescues Civilization ()
  • ... 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.

    • Sandra Day O'Connor,
    • interview with "ABC News" ()
  • I don't know that there are any short cuts to doing a good job.

    • Sandra Day O'Connor,
    • in Ann McFeatters, Sandra Day O'Connor: Justice in the Balance ()
  • The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come.

    • Sandra Day O'Connor
  • [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.

    • Sandra Day O'Connor
  • 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,
    • cited in The Supreme Court of the United States, vol. 21 ()

Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court justice, adjudicator