Quotes by Sandra Day O'Connor

The Establishment Clause prohibits government from making adherence to a religion relevant in any way to a person's standing in the political community.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
Parents should continue to become more involved with their communities, and more involved in their children's education.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
Most high courts in other nations do not have discretion, such as we enjoy, in selecting the cases that the high court reviews. Our court is virtually alone in the amount of discretion it has.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
It matters enormously to a successful democratic society like ours that we have three branches of government, each with some independence and some control over the other two. That's set out in the Constitution.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
In order to cultivate a set of leaders with legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry, it is necessary that the path to leadership be visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
I had become increasingly concerned in recent years about the lack of civics education in our nation's schools. In recent years, the schools have stopped teaching it. And it's unfortunate.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
Half the states have stopped making civics and government a requirement for high school. Half.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
Each of us brings to our job, whatever it is, our lifetime of experience and our values.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
Despite the encouraging and wonderful gains and the changes for women which have occurred in my lifetime, there is still room to advance and to promote correction of the remaining deficiencies and imbalances.
– Sandra Day O'Connor
A state of war is not a blank check... when it comes to the rights of the Nation's citizens.
– Sandra Day O'Connor