ANTONIN SCALIA 2

I’m a law-and-order guy. I mean, I confess I’m a social conservative, but it does not affect my views on cases.
Antonin Scalia

I love to argue. I’ve always loved to argue. And I love to point out the weaknesses of the opposing arguments. It may well be that I’m something of a shin kicker. It may well be that I’m something of a contrarian.
Antonin Scalia

Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited… It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.
Antonin Scalia

Wringing your hands about states’ rights, forget it. They’re gone. Basically, the federal government can do whatever it wants. Who’s going to protect the states? My court? Ha – we’re feds!
Antonin Scalia

Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best. Individuals on both sides of the issue passionately, but respectfully, attempted to persuade their fellow citizens to accept their views.
Antonin Scalia

To allow the policy question of same-sex marriage to be considered and resolved by a select, patrician, highly unrepresentative panel of nine is to violate a principle even more fundamental than no taxation without representation: no social transformation without representation.
Antonin Scalia

With each decision of ours that takes from the People a question properly left to them – with each decision that is unabashedly based not on law, but on the ‘reasoned judgment’ of a bare majority of this Court – we move one step closer to being reminded of our impotence.
Antonin Scalia

Society’s mores have changed, and what used to be thought not to be cruel and unusual now is thought to be cruel and unusual.
Antonin Scalia

A man who has made no enemies is probably not a very good man.
Antonin Scalia

I think I’m a pretty nice fella.
Antonin Scalia

If you condemn someone who has committed a crime to be tortured, that would be unconstitutional.
Antonin Scalia

We have laws against torture. The Constitution says nothing whatever about torture. It speaks of punishment; ‘cruel and unusual’ punishments are forbidden.
Antonin Scalia

If you’re going to be a good and faithful judge, you have to resign yourself to the fact that you’re not always going to like the conclusions you reach. If you like them all the time, you’re probably doing something wrong.
Antonin Scalia

The only way to eliminate any government choice on what art is worthwhile, what art isn’t worthwhile, is to get the government totally out of the business of funding.
Antonin Scalia

If I had to choose, I would always take the less dynamic, indeed even the lazy person who knows what’s right than the zealot in the cause of error. He may move slower, but he’s headed in the right direction.
Antonin Scalia

More important than your obligation to follow your conscience, or at least prior to it, is your obligation to form your conscience correctly.
Antonin Scalia

Being a good person begins with being a wise person. Then, when you follow your conscience, will you be headed in the right direction.
Antonin Scalia

A good, hard-hitting dissent keeps you honest.
Antonin Scalia

I’m an originalist and a textualist, not a nut.
Antonin Scalia

Winning and losing, that’s never been my objective. It’s my hope that in the fullness of time, the majority of the court will come to see things as I do.
Antonin Scalia

Some people are inherently likeable. If you’re not – work on it. It may even improve your social life.
Antonin Scalia

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