Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a hero to multiple generations of US citizens and people from around the world, passed away on September 18, 2020.
As the second woman ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court, she fought long and hard over several decades to win many important victories for feminism, women’s rights, and equality, among myriad other causes.
While the “Notorious RBG,” as her fans call her, may have passed on, her wisdom lives on.
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Here are some of the best quotes from Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
As women achieve power, the barriers will fall. As society sees what women can do, as women see what women can do, there will be more women out there doing things, and we’ll all be better off for it.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Don’t be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment. These just zap energy and waste time.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
When contemplated in its extreme, almost any power looks dangerous.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
If you have a caring life partner, you help the other person when that person needs it. I had a life partner who thought my work was as important as his, and I think that made all the difference for me.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
When I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women judges on the US Supreme Court bench] and I say, ‘When there are nine,’ people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
You can’t have it all, all at once.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Dissents speak to a future age. It’s not simply to say, ‘My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.’ But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Each part of my life provided respite from the other and gave me a sense of proportion that classmates trained only on law studies lacked.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
If you want to be a true professional, do something outside yourself.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
You can disagree without being disagreeable.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I just try to do the good job that I have to the best of my ability and I really don’t think about whether I’m inspirational. I just do the best I can.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A constitution, as important as it is, will mean nothing unless the people are yearning for liberty and freedom.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In every good marriage, it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I became a lawyer for selfish reasons. I thought I could do a lawyer’s job better than any other.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In the course of a marriage, one accommodates the other.Ruth Bader Ginsburg
That’s all the Ruth Bader Ginsburg quotes we have for you now, and we hope they’ll inspire you as they have millions around the world. Got any questions, feedback, or other inspirational quotes from RBG to add to our list? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!