Felix Frankfurter


1882 – 1965

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Who was Felix Frankfurter?

Felix Frankfurter was 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 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 judgements of the Court.

Famous Quotes:

  • The words of the Constitution are so unrestricted by their intrinsic meaning or by their history or by tradition or by prior decisions that they leave the individual Justice free, if indeed they do not compel him, to gather meaning not from reading the Constitution but from reading life.
  • Old age and sickness bring out the essential characteristics of a man.
  • Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.
  • Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
  • We forget that the most successful statesmen have been professionals. Lincoln was a professional politician.
  • It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals.
  • There can be no security where there is fear.
  • Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.
  • If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law, every man can. That means first chaos, then tyranny. Legal process is an essential part of the democratic process.
  • To some lawyers, all facts are created equal.

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Nov 15, 1882
  • Agnosticism
  • Judaism
  • Jewish people
  • United States of America
  • Austria
  • Harvard Law School
  • City College of New York
  • New York Law School
Lived in
  • Vienna
Feb 22, 1965
Washington, D.C.

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