ANTONIN SCALIA 1

A law can be both economic folly and constitutional.
Antonin Scalia

If we’re picking people to draw out of their own conscience and experience a ‘new’ Constitution, we should not look principally for good lawyers. We should look to people who agree with us. When we are in that mode, you realize we have rendered the Constitution useless.
Antonin Scalia

Why in the world would you have it interpreted by nine lawyers?
Antonin Scalia

Why can’t the state accede to the public’s wishes?
Antonin Scalia

A journalistic purpose could be someone with a Xerox machine in a basement.
Antonin Scalia

What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you’d like it to mean?
Antonin Scalia

You could have 50 different states having 50 different regulations… until they were all litigated out.
Antonin Scalia

I think Thomas Jefferson would have said the more speech, the better.
Antonin Scalia

My view is regardless of whether you think prohibiting abortion is good or whether you think prohibiting abortion is bad, regardless of how you come out on that, my only point is the Constitution does not say anything about it. It leaves it up to democratic choice.
Antonin Scalia

But I’m not pro death penalty. I – I’m just anti the notion that it is not a matter for democratic choice, that it has been taken away from the democratic choice of the people by a provision of the Constitution.
Antonin Scalia

I would not like to be replaced by someone who immediately sets about undoing what I’ve tried to do for 25-26 years.
Antonin Scalia

Originalism says that when you consult the text, you give it the meaning it had when it was adopted, not some later modern meaning.
Antonin Scalia

Power tends to corrupt. But the power in Washington resides in Congress, if it wants to use it. It can do anything – it can stop the Vietnam War, it can make its will felt, if it can ever get its act together to do anything.
Antonin Scalia

I try to be an honest originalist! I will take the bitter with the sweet!
Antonin Scalia

If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.
Antonin Scalia

It’s not up to the courts to invent new minorities that get special protections.
Antonin Scalia

By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency, the majority arms well every challenger to a state law restricting marriage to its traditional definition.
Antonin Scalia

I’m nervous about our civic culture. I’m not sure the Internet is largely the cause of it. It’s certainly the cause of careless writing. People who get used to blurbing things on the Internet are never going to be good writers.
Antonin Scalia

I spent my junior year in Switzerland. On the way back home, I spent some time in England, and I remember going to Hyde Park Corner. And there was a Roman Catholic priest in his collar, standing on a soapbox, preaching the Catholic faith and being heckled by a group. And I thought, ‘My goodness.’ I thought that was admirable.
Antonin Scalia

I watched ‘The Sopranos,’ I saw a couple of episodes of ‘Mad Men.’ I loved ‘Seinfeld.’ In fact, I got some CDs of ‘Seinfeld.’ ‘Seinfeld’ was hilarious. Oh, boy. The Nazi soup kitchen? ‘No soup for you!’
Antonin Scalia

As a general rule, I do not think it appropriate for judges to heap either praise or censure upon a legislative measure that comes before them, lest it be thought that their validation, invalidation, or interpretation of it is driven by their desire to expand or constrict what they personally approve or disapprove as a matter of policy.
Antonin Scalia

Like other human institutions, courts and juries are not perfect. One cannot have a system of criminal punishment without accepting the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly.
Antonin Scalia

I’m not a scientist. That’s why I don’t want to have to deal with global warming, to tell you the truth.
Antonin Scalia

Many Americans do not want persons who openly engage in homosexual conduct as partners in their business, as scoutmasters for their children, as teachers in their children’s schools, or as boarders in their home. They view this as protecting themselves and their families from a lifestyle that they believe to be immoral and destructive.
Antonin Scalia

It is not rational, never mind ‘appropriate,’ to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits.
Antonin Scalia

Because values change, legislatures abolish the death penalty, permit same-sex marriage if they want, abolish laws against homosexual conduct. That’s how the change in a society occurs. Society doesn’t change through a Constitution.
Antonin Scalia

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