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    In my view, if the Court had properly interpreted the Second Amendment, the Court would have said that Amendment was very important when the nation was new, it gave a qualified right to keep and bear arms but it was for one purpose only, and that was the purpose of having militiamen who were able to fight to preserve the nation.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: fight  right 
     
    Every constitution written since the end of World War II includes a provision that men and women are citizens of equal stature. Ours does not.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: men  women  world  war 
     
    There is a Constitutional right to prostitution.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: right 
     
    Promoting active liberty does not mean allowing the majority to run roughshod over minorities. It calls for taking special care that all groups have a chance to fully participate in society and the political process.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    I am a judge born, raised, and proud of being a Jew. The demand for justice runs through the entirety of the Jewish tradition. I hope, in my years on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States, I will have the strength and the courage to remain constant in the service of that demand.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    It is not women's liberation, it is women's and men's liberation.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: time  growth  thoughts 
     
    Historically, the new government had no money to pay for an army, so they relied on the state militias. And the states required men to have certain weapons and they specified in the law what weapons these people had to keep in their home so that when they were called to do service as militiamen, they would have them. That was the entire purpose of the Second Amendment.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: men  people  law  service  government  money 
     
    I would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: year 
     
    Work for the things that you care about.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: work  care 
     
    If there was one decision I would overrule, it would be Citizens United. I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Generalizations about the "way women are" and estimates of what is appropriate for most women no longer justify denying opportunity to women whose talent and capacity place them outside the average description.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Sometimes people say unkind or thoughtless things, and when they do, it is best to be a little hard of hearing - to tune out and not snap back in anger or impatience.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: people  anger 
     
    Dissents speak to a future age. It's not simply to say, 'My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.' But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Women's rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: people  freedom  live  human  right  dignity 
     
    We should learn ... to do our best for the sake of our communities and for the sake of those for whom we pave the way.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: community  learn 
     
    My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: people  mother 
     
    We live in an age in which the fundamental principles to which we subscribe - liberty, equality and justice for all - are encountering extraordinary challenges, ... But it is also an age in which we can join hands with others who hold to those principles and face similar challenges.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I'm sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say when there are nine, people are shocked. But there'd been nine men, and nobody's ever raised a question about that.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Anger, resentment, envy, and self-pity are wasteful reactions. They greatly drain one's time. They sap energy better devoted to productive endeavors.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: time  anger  energy  envy 
     
    Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: key  true  reading  dreams 
     
    Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: fight  care 
     
    My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady, and the other was to be independent. The study of law was unusual for women of my generation. For most girls growing up in the '40s, the most important degree was not your B.A., but your M.R.S.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: women  law  girls  mother 
     
    The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: control  right 
     
    You can't have it all, all at once. Who-man or woman-has it all, all at once? Over my lifespan I think I have had it all. But in different periods of time things were rough. And if you have a caring life partner, you help the other person when that person needs it.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: time  people  help 
     
    A prime part of the history of our Constitution is the story of the extension of constitutional rights to people once ignored or excluded.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: people  right  stories 
     
    A constitution, as important as it is, will mean nothing unless the people are yearning for liberty and freedom.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: people  freedom  liberty 
     
    I would not like to be the only woman on the court.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: women 
     
    If I had any talent God could give me, I would be a great diva.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: talent  god 
     
    The impact of all these restrictions is on poor women, because women who have means, if their state doesn't provide access, another state does. ... It makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: people  women  poor  birth 
     
    In sum, the Court's conclusion that a constitutionally adequate recount is impractical is a prophecy the Court's own judgment will not allow to be tested. Such an untested prophecy should not decide the Presidency of the United States.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    I have yet to see a death case among the dozen coming to the Supreme Court on eve-of-execution stay applications in which the defendant was well represented at trial... People who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: death  people 
     
    I didn't change the Constitution; the equality principle was there from the start. I just was an advocate for seeing its full realization.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: women  equality 
     
    If we gave up our freedom as the price of security, we would no longer be the great nation that we are.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: freedom 
     
    Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that changed their abortion laws before Roe are not going to change back. So we have a policy that only affects poor women, and it can never be otherwise.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: women  choice  law  poor 
     
    Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    I do think that being the second [female Supreme Court Justice] is wonderful, because it is a sign that being a woman in a place of importance is no longer extraordinary.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: women 
     
    One thing that concerns me is that today's young women don't seem to care that we have a fundamental instrument of government that makes no express statement about the equal citizenship stature of men and women. They know there are no closed doors anymore, and they may take for granted the rights that they have.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    The irony and tragedy is any woman of means can have a safe abortion somewhere in the United States. But women lacking the wherewithal to travel can't. There is no big constituency out there concerned about access restrictions on poor women.
    — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    tags: travel  women  irony  tragedy  poor 
     
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