29 Best Sonia Sotomayor Quotes

29 Best Sonia Sotomayor Quotes

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Sonia Sotomayor is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She has been serving for 6 years and was the 111th appointment to the Court. She was nominated by Barack Obama, and is most noted for being the first in her position of Hispanic heritage.

“Although I grew up in very modest and challenging circumstances, I consider my life to be immeasurably rich.”

“Although wisdom is built on life experiences, the mere accumulation of years guarantees nothing.”

“Don’t mistake politeness for lack of strength.”

“He was teaching the common-law rule against perpetuities, which limits how far into the future a will can control a line of inheritance.”

“I am a New Yorker, and 7:00 A.M. is a civilized hour to finish the day, not to start it.”

“I am a product of affirmative action. I am the perfect affirmative action baby. I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in the south Bronx. My test scores were not comparable to my colleagues at
“Princeton and Yale. Not so far off so that I wasn’t able to succeed at those institutions.”

“I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences. Today is one of those experiences.”

“I firmly believe in the rule of law as the foundation for all of our basic rights.”

“I have come to believe that in order to thrive, a child must have at least one adult in her life who shows her unconditional love, respect, and confidence.”

“I have never had to face anything that could overwhelm the native optimism and stubborn perseverance I was blessed with.”

“I hope that as the Senate and the American people learn more about me they will see that I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences.”

“I strive never to forget the real world consequences of my decisions on individuals, businesses and government.”

“I think that even someone who got into an institution through affirmative action could prove they were qualified by what they accomplished there. ”

“I want to state upfront, unequivocally and without doubt: I do not believe that any racial, ethnic or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an
equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge, regardless of their background or life experiences.”

“I was fifteen years old when I understood how it is that things break down: people can’t imagine someone else’s point of view.”

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

“In my experience when a friend unloaded about a boyfriend or spouse, the listener soaked up the complaint and remembered it long after the speaker had forgiven the offense.”

“It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand.”

“It’s not the heart that compels conclusions in cases, it’s the law.”

“Many of the gaps in my knowledge and understanding were simply limits of class and cultural background, not lack of aptitude or application as I feared.”

“People who live in difficult circumstances need to know that happy endings are possible. ”

“Personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see.”

“Sometimes, even if there was no useful advice to give, I saw that listening still helped.”

“The challenges I have faced—among them material poverty, chronic illness, and being raised by a single mother—are not uncommon, but neither have they kept me from uncommon achievements.”

“The Latina in me is an ember that blazes forever.”

“The Latino community anchored me, but I didn’t want it to isolate me from the full extent of what Princeton had to offer, including engagement with the larger community.”

“This wealth of experiences, personal and professional, have helped me appreciate the variety of perspectives that present themselves in every case that I hear.”

“We apply law to facts. We don’t apply feelings to facts.”

“You can’t say: This much love is worth this much misery. They’re not opposites that cancel each other out; they’re both true at the same time.”