Clarence Darrow Best Quotes

Clarence Seward Darrow was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He was best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Robert “Bobby” Franks. Enjoy Clarence Darrow’s best quotes below.

Clarence Darrow
“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.”
“Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom.”
“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.”
“History repeats itself, and that’s one of the things that’s wrong with history.”
“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”
“I am a friend of the working man, and I would rather be his friend, than be one.”
“You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom.”
“You can only be free if I am free.”
“I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.”
“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”
“The pursuit of truth will set you free; even if you never catch up with it.”
“Chase after the truth like all hell and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails.”
“I have suffered from being misunderstood, but I would have suffered a hell of a lot more if I had been understood.”
“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.”
“The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.”
“Laws should be like clothes. They should be made to fit the people they serve.”
“If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.”
“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.”
“Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas.”
“Working people have alot of bad habits, but the worst of these is work.”
“The only real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trial lawyers try cases to juries.”
“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.”
“The trouble with law is lawyers.”
“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.”
“I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure.”
“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.”
“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.”
“To think is to differ.”
“Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.”
“There is no such thing as justice – in or out of court.”
“I do not believe in God because I do not believe in Mother Goose.”
“Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?”
“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.”
“Depressions may bring people closer to the church but so do funerals.”
“Calvin Coolidge was the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth Corner, Vermont.”
“None meet life honestly and few heroically.”
“If a man is happy in America, it is considered he is doing something wrong.”
“I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure – that is all that agnosticism means.”
“Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away.”

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