35 Remarkable Clarence Darrow Quotes

35 Remarkable Clarence Darrow Quotes

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Clarence Darrow was a lawyer known best for his defense of Leopold and Loeb in the murder trial of 14 year old Robert Franks in 1924. He was often noted as a “sophisticated country lawyer” and as highly witty. He died on March 13, 1938 from pulmonary heart disease at the age of 80.

“All men do the best they can. But none meet life honestly and few heroically.”

“An agnostic is a doubter. The word is generally applied to those who doubt the verity of accepted religious creeds of faiths. Everyone is an agnostic as to the beliefs or creeds they do not
accept. ”

“At twenty a man is full of fight and hope. He wants to reform the world. When he is seventy he still wants to reform the world, but he know he can’t.”

“Autobiography is never entirely true. No one can get the right perspective on himself. Every fact is colored by imagination and dream.”

“Chase after the truth like all hell and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails.”

“Hell, that’s why they make erasers.”

“History repeats itself. That’s one of the things wrong with history.”

“I am a friend of the working man, and I would rather be his friend, than be one.”

“I am an agnostic as to the question of God.”

“I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.”

“I don’t believe in God because I don’t believe in Mother Goose.”

“I have always felt that doubt was the beginning of wisdom, and the fear of God was the end of wisdom.”

“I have suffered from being misunderstood, but I would have suffered a hell of a lot more if I had been understood.”

“I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure.”

“If there is to be any permanent improvement in man and any better social order, it must come mainly from the education and humanizing of man.”

“In the great flood of human life that is spawned upon the earth, it is not often that a man is born.”

“It is not for the world to judge, but to crown them all alike. Each and all lived out their own being, did their work in their own way, and carried a reluctant, stupid humanity to greater
possibilities and grander heights.”

“Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.”

“Liberty is the most jealous and exacting mistress that can beguile the brain and soul of man.”

“Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.”

“No other offense has ever been visited with such severe penalties as seeking to help the oppressed.”

“One cannot live through a long stretch of years without forming some philosophy of life.”

“Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. So does whiskey”

“The Constitution is a delusion and a snare if the weakest and humblest man in the land cannot be defended in his right to speak and his right to think as much as the strongest in the land.”

“The nation that would to-day disarm its soldiers and turn its people to the paths of peace would accomplish more to its building up than by all the war taxes wrong from its hostile and
unwilling serfs”

“The objector and the rebel who raises his voice against what he believes to be the injustice of the present and the wrongs of the past is the one who hunches the world along.”

“The trouble with law is lawyers.”

the world forgives almost anything but stupidity.”

“There is no such thing as justice — in or out of court.”

“To say that the universe was here last year, or millions of years ago, does not explain its origin. This is still a mystery. As to the question of the origin of things, man can only wonder
and doubt and guess.”

“Valiantly he fought on every intellectual battlefield.”

“Voltaire was not the first or last man to convert a prison into a hall of fame. A prison is confining to the body, but whether it affects the mind, depends entirely upon the mind.”

“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.”

“With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the
betterment of the race, for the developing of character in man, than any other association of men.”

“You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can be free only if I am free.”