Inspiring quotes by Clarence Thomas

The top 10 most inspiring quotes by Clarence Thomas

  • Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
  • I think segregation is bad, I think it’s wrong, it’s immoral. I’d fight against it with every breath in my body, but you don’t need to sit next to a white person to learn how to read and write. The NAACP needs to say that.
  • I don’t believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights.
  • I hear people say it affected your self-esteem to be segregated. It never affected mine.
  • You didn’t think of angels as white or black. They were angels.
  • There are so many people who have this idea of who I am because I’m black.
  • My grandfather was a man, when he talked about freedom, his attitude was really interesting. His view was that you had obligations or you had responsibilities, and when you fulfilled those obligations or responsibilities, that then gave you the liberty to do other things.
  • There’s a difference between someone who’s ‘harsh’ and someone who is ‘hard.’ Life was hard. You lived in the South, as my grandparents did, and you had to survive. That is hard. In order to respond to that, he had to become a hard man, with very hard rules, very hard discipline for himself, very hard days, hard work, et cetera.
  • The thing that bothered me when I was in college was that I saw myself rejecting the way of life that got me to where I was.
  • I still have a 15¢ sticker on the frame of my law degree. It’s tainted, so I just leave it in the basement.

Clarence Thomas, born on June 23, 1948, in Pin Point, Georgia, is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Raised in poverty, Thomas attended Conception Seminary College and later graduated from Yale Law School in 1974.

His career began as an Assistant Attorney General in Missouri, followed by roles in the private sector and as a legislative assistant to Senator John Danforth. In 1981, he was appointed Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education and then Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 1982.

Nominated by President George H. W. Bush, Thomas became a Supreme Court Justice in 1991, succeeding Thurgood Marshall. Known for his conservative views and originalist approach to constitutional interpretation, Thomas has influenced significant decisions on issues such as affirmative action, gun rights, and campaign finance. His tenure has been marked by both controversy and unwavering adherence to his judicial philosophy.

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