Legal Quotes — On Judges


Judges are an integral part of the judicial system, serving as the interpreters of the law. Below, find five quotations from several learned philosophers and even a U.S. Supreme Court Justice regarding these purveyors of due process.


“Law: the only game where the best players get to sit on the bench.”

“Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly, and to decide impartially.”

“The Judge is nothing but the Law Speaking.”
–Benjamin Whichcote (1609-1683)

“When we went to school we were told that we were governed by laws, not men. As a result of that, many people think there is no need to pay any attention to judicial candidates because judges merely apply the law by some mathematical formula and a good judge and a bad judge all apply the same kind of law. The fact is that the most important part of a judge’s work is the exercise of judgment and that the law in a court is never better than the common sense judgment of the judge that is presiding.”
–Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954)

“Something happens to a man when he puts on a judicial robe, and I think it ought to. The change is very great and requires psychological change within a man to get into an attitude of deciding other people’s controversies, instead of waging them. It really calls for quite a changed attitude. Some never make it – and I am not sure I have.”
–Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954)