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Felix Frankfurter

Felix Frankfurter (November 15, 1882 – February 22, 1965) was a jurist, who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Frankfurter was born in Vienna and immigrated to New York at the age of 12. He graduated from Harvard Law School and was active politically, helping to found the American Civil Liberties Union. He was a friend and adviser of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1939. Frankfurter served on the Supreme Court for 23 years, and was a noted advocate of judicial restraint in the judgments of the Court.

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It must take account of what it decrees for today in order that today may not paralyze tomorrow.

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Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of achieving a free society.

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To some lawyers, all facts are created equal.

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“The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards”

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“The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards”

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“The words of the Constitution are so unrestricted by their intrinsic meaning or by their history ...

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“The words of the Constitution are so unrestricted by their intrinsic meaning or by their history ...

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“As a member of this court I am not justified in writing my private notions of policy into the Con ...

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“As a member of this court I am not justified in writing my private notions of policy into the Con ...

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“In this Court dissents have gradually become majority opinions”

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“The dynamo of our economic system is self-interest which may range from mere petty greed to admir ...

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“I came into the world a Jew, and although I did not live my life entirely as a Jew, I think it is ...

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“All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we ...

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“Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of [achieving] a free society ...

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“The real rulers in Washington are invisible to exercise power from behind the scenes”

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