Alan Dershowitz 2

The Israeli military plays more than a critical role in defending the citizens of the Jewish state. It also plays an important social, scientific and psychological role in preparing its young citizens for the challenging task of being Israelis in a difficult world.
Alan Dershowitz

We all learn in school that the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government must check and balance each other. But other non state institutions must participate in this important system of checks and balances as well. These checking institutions include the academy, the media, religious institutions and NGOs.
Alan Dershowitz

Great research universities must insist on independence from government and on the exercise of academic freedom.
Alan Dershowitz

In my neighborhood, everyone had an opinion on the local cantor. You didn’t go to a synagogue to listen to the rabbi’s sermon. You went to listen to the cantor. It was like a concert.
Alan Dershowitz

Well, many insane people and seriously mentally ill people seem very reasonable.
Alan Dershowitz

I was a Jewish rabbinical student for 12 years, and studied the Bible all the time.
Alan Dershowitz

I love the Bible.
Alan Dershowitz

You know, it’s ironic to me that Christians want to keep the Ten Commandments in our schools, because Christianity has abrogated four of the Ten Commandments. For example, the Sabbath day according to the Ten Commandments is Saturday, not Sunday. And the reason is because God rested, not because Jesus was resurrected.
Alan Dershowitz

Well you know, all law is about injustice.
Alan Dershowitz

I’ve thought hard about my psychological connections and I think I’ve managed to separate out the psychological from the legal, moral, and political.
Alan Dershowitz

The law is agnostic about truth.
Alan Dershowitz

Most liberal democracies don’t try to figure out what the truth is.
Alan Dershowitz

I tell my students, if you ever become comfortable with your role as criminal defense lawyer, it’s time to quit. It should be a constant source of discomfort, because you’re dealing with incredible moral ambiguity, and you’ve been cast into a role which is not enviable.
Alan Dershowitz

I think that lawyers are terrible at admitting that they’re wrong. And not just admitting it – also realizing it.
Alan Dershowitz

Ideas don’t desert you; ideas aren’t treasonous to you, but people can be.
Alan Dershowitz

The worst mistake you can make is underrating your enemy. Assuming that they’re evil – I think it’s a terrible thing to do.
Alan Dershowitz

I don’t think the law exists to arrive at the truth. If it did, we wouldn’t have exclusionary rules, we wouldn’t have presumptions of innocence, we wouldn’t have proof beyond reasonable doubt. There’s an enormous difference between the role of truth in law and the role of truth in science. In law, truth is one among many goals.
Alan Dershowitz

The law is agnostic about truth. It’s very skeptical of ultimate truth. That’s why freedom of speech permits lies to be told.
Alan Dershowitz

Every lawsuit results from somebody doing something wrong. If everybody did right, we wouldn’t need laws.
Alan Dershowitz

I love discomfort. I mean, my whole life is discomfort. One reason I can never retire is that the idea of just sitting on the beach totally comfortable is not a desideratum in my life. I like ambiguity, I like conflict, I like uncertainly.
Alan Dershowitz

I’m not a single-issue person, but I spend so much time on Israel because it is so unfairly condemned around the world.
Alan Dershowitz

I never had an existential moment when I asked myself what I was going to do. I always wanted to be a lawyer, and I knew exactly the kind of lawyer I wanted to be.
Alan Dershowitz

I charge my wealthy clients a lot and put 10 per cent in a fund which I use to pay the expenses of my poorer clients. When the government gangs up on the poor schnook in the street, someone has to stand up for him.
Alan Dershowitz

I know Obama, I like Obama, I voted for Obama.
Alan Dershowitz

In the real world in which we live, you always have to choose between evils. And in choosing between evils, you have to have moral criteria for how to make those choices.
Alan Dershowitz

The struggle for morality never stays won. It’s always in process.
Alan Dershowitz

Share