Litigation is the pursuit of practical ends, not a game of chess.
More Quotes from Felix Frankfurter:All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them.
The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards.
The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself and not what we have said about it.
It simply is not true that war never settles anything.
I came into the world a Jew, and although I did not live my life entirely as a Jew, I think it is fitting that I should leave as a Jew. I don't want to turn my back on a great and noble heritage.
Anybody can decide a question if only a single principle is in controversy.
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There's no doubt that scientific training helps many authors to write better science fiction. And yet, several of the very best were English majors who could not parse a differential equation to save their lives.