Earl Warren

Earl Warren
Earl Warren
  • Born: March 19, 1891
  • Died: July 9, 1974
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Judge









Earl Warren was an American jurist and politician who served as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States (1953–1969) and earlier as the 30th Governor of California (1943–1953). The Warren Court presided over a major shift in constitutional jurisprudence, with Warren writing the majority opinions in landmark cases such as Brown v. Board of Education, Reynolds v. Sims, and Miranda v. Arizona. Warren also led the Warren Commission, a presidential commission that investigated the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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… evolving standards of decency … mark the progress of a maturing society Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
…people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things the government does for others as socialism. Public Opinion & Polling
All political ideas cannot and should not be channeled into the programs of our two major parties. History has amply proved the virtue of political activity by minority, dissident groups, who innumerable times have been the vanguard of democratic thought and whose programs were ultimately accepted. History
Citizenship is man's basic right for it is nothing less than the right to have rights. Remove this priceless possession and there remains a stateless person, disgraced and degraded in the eyes of his countrymen. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
How … can one person be given twice or ten times the voting power of another person ... merely because he lives in a rural area. Voters, Voting & Elections
In approaching this problem [school desegregation], we cannot turn the clock back... Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics. Each is indispensable to civilization. Without law, we should be at the mercy of the least scrupulous; without ethics, law could not exist. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Logically, in a society ostensibly grounded on representative government, it would seem reasonable that a majority of the people in a State would elect a majority of that State’s legislators. Voters, Voting & Elections
Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival. Families, Children & Parenting
The conception of political equality can mean only one thing—one person–one vote. Voters, Voting & Elections
The history of the application of laws designed to suppress the obscene demonstrates convincingly that the power of government can be invoked under them against great art or literature, scientific treatises, or works exciting social controversy. Mistakes of the past prove that there is a strong countervailing interest to be considered in the freedoms guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Freedom & Liberty
The right of suffrage can be denied by a debasement or dilution of the weight of a citizen’s vote just as effectively as by wholly prohibiting the free exercise of the franchise. Voters, Voting & Elections
The right to vote freely for the candidate of one’s choice is of the essence of a democratic society, and any restrictions on that right strike at the heart of representative government Voters, Voting & Elections
The segregation of white and colored children in public schools has a detrimental effect upon the colored children. The impact is greater when it has the sanction of law: for the policy of separating the races is usually interpreted as denoting the inferiority of the negro group. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The sports pages record man’s accomplishments. The front pages record his failures. Media, Journalism & The Press
We will pass on a document will not have exactly the same meaning it had when we received it from our fathers. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
All provisions of federal, state or local law requiring or permitting discrimination in public education must yield. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Before this distinguished assembly and the world, the bells today proclaim the joyous tidings of the completion of this quietly soaring tower.
Ben Franklin may have discovered electricity- but it is the man who invented the meter who made the money. Money, Coins & Minting
Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile, I caught hell for. Life
I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures. Sports & Athletics
I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.
I hate banks. They do nothing positive for anybody except take care of themselves. They're first in with their fees and first out when there's trouble.
If it is a mistake of the head and not the heart don't worry about it, that's the way we learn.
If Nixon is not forced to turn over tapes of his conversations with the ring of men who were conversing on their violations of the law, then liberty will soon be dead in this nation.
In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics. Life
In mid-life the man wants to see how irresistible he still is to younger women. How they turn their hearts to stone and more or less commit a murder of their marriage I just don't know, but they do. Women ;Families, Children & Parenting
In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.
Legislatures represent people, not acres or trees.
Liberty, not communism, is the most contagious force in the world.
Life and liberty can be as much endangered from illegal methods used to convict those thought to be criminals as from the actual criminals themselves. Life
Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism. Government
Prior to any questioning, the person must be warned that he has a right to remain silent, that any statement he does make may be used as evidence against him and that he has a right to the presence of an attorney, either retained or appointed.
Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.
The censor's sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression.
The most tragic paradox of our time is to be found in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism. Time ;Failure ;Citizenship & Patriotism
The old Court you and I served so long will not be worthy of its traditions if Nixon can twist, turn and fashion If Nixon gets away with that, then Nixon makes the law as he goes along - not the Congress nor the courts.
The police must obey the law while enforcing the law.
There is no requirement that police stop a person who enters a police station and states that he wishes to confess a crime or a person who calls the police to offer a confession because volunteered statements of any kind are not barred by the 5th Amendment.
To get what you want, STOP doing what isn't working.
To separate children from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.
We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We may not know the whole story in our lifetime.
You sit up there, and you see the whole gamut of human nature. Even if the case being argued involves only a little fellow and $50, it involves justice. That's what is important. Nature