Court Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old court quotes, court sayings, and court proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.

Mahatma Gandhi

The court generally moves in small steps rather than in one giant step.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The court is like a palace of marble; it's composed of people very hard and very polished.

Jean De La Bruyere

A court is an assembly of noble and distinguished beggars.     

Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

The court makes an amazing amount of decisions that ought to be made by the people.

Antonin Scalia

It is always possible for the court to overreach its proper bounds and perhaps declare a lot of laws unconstitutional and frustrate the will of the majority in a way that it ought not be frustrated.     

William Rehnquist

The court's decision will constitute a message in the area of freedom of expression.     

Camiel Eurlings

Courts have paid a lot of deference to post-secondary institutions if they've done their work properly.     

Richard Harris

A court is like a scene, people want to see attractive people.

Anna Kournikova

Court a place where they dispense with justice.     

Arthur Cheney Train

The courts are truly the least dangerous of the three branches of our government.     

William Weld

The court is really the keeper of the conscience, and the conscience is the Constitution.     

William O. Douglas

Courts are places where the ending is written first and all that precedes is simply vaudeville.     

Charles Bukowski

Courts of law, and all the paraphernalia and folly of law cannot be found in a rational state of society.     

Robert Owen

Courts of equity make their decrees so as to arrive at the justice of the case without violating the rules of law.     

Sherrilyn Kenyon

It takes a long time to learn that a courtroom is the last place in the world for learning the truth.

Alice Koller

The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law.     

Denis Diderot

The courts are an easy scapegoat because at a time when everything has to boiled down to easy slogans, we speak in subtleties.     

Rose Bird

The court's recent understanding of religion as a private matter for individuals has plainly become malnourished and impoverished.     

Stephen V Monsma

The court's recent decisions have made life more difficult for the democratic institutions that perform the day- to-day work of our nation.     

Mike DeWine

The Court is perhaps one of the last citadels of jealously preserved individualism. For the most part, we function as nine, small independent law firms.     

Colin Powell

This Court is forever adding new stories to the temples of constitutional law, and the temples have a way of collapsing when one story too many is added.     

Robert H. Jackson

The law courts must appear as a threatening gesture toward secret vice. The bank must declare: here your money is secure and well looked after by honest people.

Adolf Loos

The Courts must declare the sense of the law; and if they should be disposed to exercise will instead of judgement; the consequences would be the substitution of their pleasure for that of the legislative body.     

Alexander Hamilton

The courts of this country should not be the places where resolution of disputes begins. They should be the places where the disputes end after alternative methods of resolving disputes have been considered and tried.     

Sandra Day O'Connor

The Court stands against any winds that blow as havens of refuge for those who might otherwise suffer because they are helpless, weak, outnumbered, or because they are nonconforming victims of prejudice or public excitement.     

Hugo Black

The ultimate court of appeal is observation and experiment not authority.     

Thomas Henry Huxley