Quotes by Sandra Day O'Connor

A moment of silence is not inherently religious.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
Having family responsibilities and concerns just has to make you a more understanding person.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
I don't know that there are any short cuts to doing a good job.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
My hope is that 10 years from now, after I've been across the street at work for a while, they'll all be glad they gave me that wonderful vote.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
We hold that the reckless disregard for human life implicit in knowingly engaging in criminal activity known to carry a grave risk of death represents a highly culpable mental state that may be taken into account in making a capital sentencing judgment not inevitable, lethal result.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
Young women today often have very little appreciation for the real battles that took place to get women where they are today in this country. I don't know how much history young women today know about those battles.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
You have citizens who don't understand how government works and they're kind of soured on it. All they do is criticize. They have no idea that they can make things happen.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
Yes, I will bring the understanding of a woman to the Court, but I doubt that alone will affect my decisions.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
We pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to the values, principles, and education they need to make them good citizens.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
We have a complex system of government. You have to teach it to every generation.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
We don't accomplish anything in this world alone... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
The No Child Left Behind Program was an incentive to the schools to get their kids up to snuff on math and science and reading.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
The more education a woman has, the wider the gap between men's and women's earnings for the same work.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
The freedom to criticize judges and other public officials is necessary to a vibrant democracy. The problem comes when healthy criticism is replaced with more destructive intimidation and sanctions.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
The framers of the Constitution were so clear in the federalist papers and elsewhere that they felt an independent judiciary was critical to the success of the nation.
– Sandra Day O'Connor