Clarence Darrow

(Clarence Seward Darrow)

Clarence Darrow
Clarence Darrow
  • Born: April 18, 1857
  • Died: March 13, 1938
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Lawyer

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Clarence Seward Darrow was an American lawyer, a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a prominent advocate for Georgist economic reform. He defended high-profile clients in many famous trials of the early 20th century, including teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb for murdering 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks (1924); teacher John T. Scopes in the Scopes "Monkey" Trial (1925), in which he opposed statesman and orator William Jennings Bryan; and Ossian Sweet in a racially charged self-defense case (1926). Called a "sophisticated country lawyer", Darrow's wit and eloquence made him one of the most prominent attorneys and civil libertarians in the nation.

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[Referring to Calvin Coolidge:] He's the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth, Vermont. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… we are marching backward to the glorious ages of the sixteenth century when bigots lighted fagots to burn the men who dared to bring any intelligence and enlightenment and culture to the human mind. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Always the man on the ground has feared the new comer because he did not understand him. If a white man went into the Congo, he would be hated and misunderstood. That is your lot here. You have a long, long road to travel, an arduous foe to fight, and that foe is prejudice, which we have always had with us. It may be, that without slavery, your race would never have had its chance for civilization. You might still be savages in Africa---and you might be better off there. But still I think that civilization is worth the price we have to pay for it. You'll have to work harder---harder than the white man---because you're on his home grounds....There is no inherent difference between your capacity for growth and that of any other man, whatever his color. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
As long as the world shall last, there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Autobiography is never entirely true. No one can get the right perspective on himself. Every fact is colored by imagination and dream. History
Do you think you can cure the hatreds and maladjustments of the world by hanging them? Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
Every instinct that is found in any man is in all men. Human Nature
History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history History
History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I do not believe in the law of hate. Discrimination & Prejudice
I had grown tired of standing in the lean and lonely front line facing the greatest enemy that ever confronted man – public opinion. Public Opinion & Polling
I have never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
If today you can take a thing like evolution and make it a crime to teach it in the public school, tomorrow you can make it a crime to teach it in the private schools, and the next year you can make it a crime to teach it to the hustings or in the church. At the next session you may ban books and the newspapers. Freedom & Liberty
Ignorance and fanaticism are ever busy and need feeding. Miscellaneous
Industrial contests take on all the attitudes and psychology of war, and both parties do many things that they should never dream of doing in times of peace…. all parties in interest must be judged from that standpoint. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Capitalism
Labor unions are often brutal, they are often cruel, they are often unjust.... I don't care how many brutalities they are guilty of. I know that their cause is just. I meant that however unjust and cruel they sometimes are, their cause is just. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
Liberty is the most jealous and exacting mistress that can beguile the brain and soul of man. Freedom & Liberty
No iconoclast can possibly escape the severest criticism. …. The world always demands of a prophet a double standard. He must live a life consistent with his dreams, and at the same time must obey the conventions of the world. He cannot be judged either by one or the other, but must be judged by both. Miscellaneous
No nation can be really great that is held together by Gatling guns, and no true loyalty can be induced and kept through fear.. States. Nations & Nationhood
The ability and inclination to use physical strength is no indication of bravery or tenacity to life. The greatest cowards are often the greatest bullies. Nothing is cheaper and more common than physical bravery. Human Nature
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. Freedom & Liberty
The law has made the Negro equal, but man has not. Minorities & Women
The only way a workingman can get anything is by collective bargaining, and by saying "If you don't give us a raise, not only will I quit but we will all quit and tie up your business Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
There are two things that kill a genius — a fatal disease and contentment. Human Nature
There is no other bargaining but collective bargaining. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
There is no such thing as justice—in or out of court. Justice & Injustice
This is the first case of it’s kind since we stopped trying people for witchcraft. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
This trial is a fight between capital and labor, of which this is but a manifestation up here in the woods. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Whenever I hear people discussing birth control, I always remember that I was the fifth. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
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. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other mans freedom. You can only be free if I am free. Freedom & Liberty
As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.
Calvin Coolidge was the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth Corner, Vermont.
Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails. Truth
Depressions may bring people closer to the church but so do funerals.
Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history. History
I am a friend of the working man, and I would rather be his friend, than be one.
I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.
I do not believe in God because I do not believe in Mother Goose. Religion & God
I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means.
I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all that agnosticism means.
I don't like spinach, and I'm glad I don't, because if I liked it I'd eat it, and I just hate it.
I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure. Death
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 a man is happy in America, it is considered he is doing something wrong.
If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think. Power
In spite of all the yearnings of men, no one can produce a single fact or reason to support the belief in God and in personal immortality. Religion & God
Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom.
Laws should be like clothes. They should be made to fit the people they serve.
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.
None meet life honestly and few heroically. Life
Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. Religion & God
Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away. Hope
The best that we can do is to be kindly and helpful toward our friends and fellow passengers who are clinging to the same speck of dirt while we are drifting side by side to our common doom.
The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.
The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business. Business, Commerce & Finance
The only real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trial lawyers try cases to juries. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The origin of the absurd idea of immortal life is easy to discover; it is kept alive by hope and fear, by childish faith, and by cowardice. Life ;Hope ;Religion & God
The pursuit of truth will set you free; even if you never catch up with it. Truth
The trouble with law is lawyers. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything.
There is no such thing as justice - in or out of court.
To think is to differ.
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else. Citizenship & Patriotism
Working people have alot of bad habits, but the worst of these is work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You can only be free if I am free. Freedom & Liberty
You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. Freedom & Liberty