We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Clarence Thomas Quotes. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
I do think that our freedoms are at risk.
People get bent out of shape about the fact that when I was a kid, you could not drink out of certain water fountains. Well, the water was the same.
I still have a 15¢ sticker on the frame of my law degree. It’s tainted, so I just leave it in the basement.
When you look at where the real problems are among minorities in our society, particularly blacks, it’s at the bottom. It’s the people who are in school systems that don’t educate, neighborhoods where there is a lot of crime, drugs, the whole bit.
I’ve probably given more speeches, been on TV more than any other member of the Court – or almost any other member of the Court.
My grandparents had died in 1983, and suddenly my brother is out jogging before Mass, and he dies.
You have a number of choices. You could continue to always fight against people who are really distractions. They’re people in the cheap seats of life. Or you can do what you went there to do.
I grew up in a religious environment, and I’m proud of it. I was going to be a priest; I’m proud of it. And I thank God I believe in God, or I would probably be enormously angry right now.
My grandfather was a man, when he talked about freedom, his attitude was really interesting. His view was that you had obligations or you had responsibilities, and when you fulfilled those obligations or responsibilities, that then gave you the liberty to do other things.
My grandfather could barely read. My grandmother had a sixth-grade education. They were people who were industrious. They were frugal.
There’s a difference between someone who’s ‘harsh’ and someone who is ‘hard.’ Life was hard. You lived in the South, as my grandparents did, and you had to survive. That is hard.
If I were a black liberal, I would be hailed, I guess. But I’m not. I mean, I think for myself. I want to make my own decisions.
The myths that are created about the South, about the way we grew up, about black people, are wrong.
And I don’t think that government has a role in telling people how to live their lives. Maybe a minister does, maybe your belief in God does, maybe there’s another set of moral codes, but I don’t think government has a role.
I was never a liberal. I was radical. I was cynical. I was negative. But, I was never a liberal. I always saw that as too lukewarm for me.
Any discrimination, like sharp turns in a road, becomes critical because of the tremendous speed at which we are traveling into the high-tech world of a service economy.
I tend to really be partial to Ayn Rand, and to The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
I disagree with the prevailing point of view of some black leaders that special treatment for blacks is acceptable.
You didn’t think of angels as white or black. They were angels.
I was Catholic. You talk about a minority within a minority within a minority: a black Catholic in Savannah, GA.
There are so many people who have this idea of who I am because I’m black.
It’s fascinating that people, there’s so many people now who will make judgments based on what you look like. I’m black. So I’m supposed to think a certain way. I’m supposed to have certain opinions. I don’t do that. You don’t create a box and put people in and then make a lot of generalizations about them.
I grew up in a religious environment, and I’m proud of it.
I don’t know one of my friends who is considered a conservative who has not had to go back and thoroughly think through everything. You do a lot of soul-searching – ’cause we are not going to win any popularity contests.
Oh, I don’t think Tom Sowell would tell anybody to join the administration. That’s not his style. But I think his attitude has always been if it had to be done he’d prefer me to do it than somebody else.
I don’t believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights.
We’ve talked more about civil rights after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than we talked about it before 1964.
I have to admit that I’m one of those people that thinks the dishwasher is a miracle.
I’d been very partial to Malcolm X, particularly his self-help teachings.
When I went into the seminary, I was one of those victims of New Math and had not had Algebra I and had no idea what we were doing in New Math in the ninth grade. But when I went into the seminary, they had gone the traditional route and taught first-year algebra.
But I know that the vote of 9 out of 10 black Americans for the Democratic Party or for leftist kinds of policies just is not reflective of their opinions.
I think Juan stopped short – he got halfway to the destination and got off the train. He is certainly an excellent writer and a good person, but I’m not a nationalist.
I hear people say it affected your self-esteem to be segregated. It never affected mine.
I went into the seminary when I was 16.
I think, though, if I had to look at the role of government and what it does in people’s lives, I see the EEOC as having much more legitimacy than the others, if properly run.
My job is to write opinions. I decide cases and write opinions. It is not to respond to idiocy and critics who make statements that are unfounded. That doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t have constructive criticisms, but it should be constructive.
The thing that bothered me when I was in college was that I saw myself rejecting the way of life that got me to where I was.
Even as someone who’s labeled a conservative – I’m a Republican I’m black, I’m heading up this organization in the Reagan administration – I can say that conservatives don’t exactly break their necks to tell blacks that they’re welcome.
And I thank God I believe in God, or I would probably be enormously angry right now.
Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.