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Sonia Maria Sotomayor (Spanish: [ˈsonja sotomaˈʝoɾ]; born June 25, 1954) is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009 and has served since August 8, 2009. She is the third woman to hold the position. Sotomayor is the first Woman of Color, first Hispanic, and first Latina member of the Court.

Sotomayor was born in The Bronx, New York City, to Puerto Rican-born parents. Her father died when she was nine, and she was subsequently raised by her mother. Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1976 and received her Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1979, where she was an editor at the Yale Law Journal. She worked as an assistant district attorney in New York for four and a half years before entering private practice in 1984. She played an active role on the boards of directors for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

Sotomayor was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H. W. Bush in 1991; confirmation followed in 1992. In 1997, she was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Her nomination was slowed by the Republican majority in the United States Senate, but she was eventually confirmed in 1998. On the Second Circuit, Sotomayor heard appeals in more than 3,000 cases and wrote about 380 opinions. Sotomayor has taught at the New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School.

In May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Sotomayor to the Supreme Court following the retirement of Justice David Souter. Her nomination was confirmed by the Senate in August 2009 by a vote of 68–31. While on the court, Sotomayor has supported the informal liberal bloc of justices when they divide along the commonly perceived ideological lines. During her tenure on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor has been identified with concern for the rights of defendants, calls for reform of the criminal justice system, and making impassioned dissents on issues of race, gender and ethnic identity, including Schuette v. BAMN, Utah v. Strieff, and Trump v. Hawaii.

Quote: I think that the day a justice forgets that each decision comes at a cost to someone, then I think you start losing your humanity. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of purple flower
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I think that the day a justice forgets that each decision comes at a cost to someone, then I think you start losing your humanity.


Quote: I don't prejudge. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I don't prejudge.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I don't prejudge issues. I come to every case with an open mind. Every case is new to me.


Quote: A career is something that you train for and prepare for and plan on doing for a long time. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

A career is something that you train for and prepare for and plan on doing for a long time.


Quote: If I go home, get a gun, come back and shoot you, that may not be legal under New York law because you would have alternative ways to defend. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

If I go home, get a gun, come back and shoot you, that may not be legal under New York law because you would have alternative ways to defend.


Quote: I have ventured to write more intimately about my personal life than is customary for a member of the Supreme Court, and with that candor comes a measure of vulnerability. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I have ventured to write more intimately about my personal life than is customary for a member of the Supreme Court, and with that candor comes a measure of vulnerability.


Quote: In my experience when a friend unloaded about a boyfriend or spouse, the listener soaked up the complaint and remembered it long after the speaker had forgiven the offense. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

In my experience when a friend unloaded about a boyfriend or spouse, the listener soaked up the complaint and remembered it long after the speaker had forgiven the offense.


Quote: Learning how to balance the needs of individuals with the no-less-real needs of an institution was an important lesson. It's fine to be on the side of the little guy, but he too will ultimately suffer if the health and concerns of the greater body he belongs to are neglected. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of Sonia Sotomayor quote; white text on black background

Learning how to balance the needs of individuals with the no-less-real needs of an institution was an important lesson. It's fine to be on the side of the little guy, but he too will ultimately suffer if the health and concerns of the greater body he belongs to are neglected.


Quote: My judicial philosophy is fidelity to the law. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

My judicial philosophy is fidelity to the law.


Quote: I have always been actively involved in my community, belonging to organizations that promote the interests of Latinos. But I also know that the issues we confront are the same issues, in many respects, as the larger community. So what we do helps not just us but everybody. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of Sonia Sotomayor quote; white text on black background

I have always been actively involved in my community, belonging to organizations that promote the interests of Latinos. But I also know that the issues we confront are the same issues, in many respects, as the larger community. So what we do helps not just us but everybody.


Quote: So they can create a class they don't like-here, homosexuals-or a class that they consider is suspect in the marriage category, and they can create that class and decide benefits on that basis when they themselves have no interest in the actual institution of marriage as married? by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of Sonia Sotomayor quote; white text on black background

So they can create a class they don't like-here, homosexuals-or a class that they consider is suspect in the marriage category, and they can create that class and decide benefits on that basis when they themselves have no interest in the actual institution of marriage as married?


Quote: I had many reasons for writing memoir but among them was the hope that every Latino child and adult would find something familiar in it. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I had many reasons for writing memoir but among them was the hope that every Latino child and adult would find something familiar in it.


Quote: Don't mistake politeness for lack of strength. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

Don't mistake politeness for lack of strength.


Quote: I would warn any minority student today against the temptations of self-segregation: take support and comfort from your own group as you can, but don't hide within it. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I would warn any minority student today against the temptations of self-segregation: take support and comfort from your own group as you can, but don't hide within it.


Quote: A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.


Quote: That tide of insecurity would come in and out over the years, sometimes stranding me for a while but occasionally lifting me just beyond what I thought I could acomplish. Either way, it would wash over the same bedrock certainty: ultimately, I know myself. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

That tide of insecurity would come in and out over the years, sometimes stranding me for a while but occasionally lifting me just beyond what I thought I could acomplish. Either way, it would wash over the same bedrock certainty: ultimately, I know myself.


Quote: The Latino community anchored me, but I didn't want it to isolate me from the full extent of what Princeton had to offer, including engagement with the larger community. Page 148. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

The Latino community anchored me, but I didn't want it to isolate me from the full extent of what Princeton had to offer, including engagement with the larger community. Page 148.


Quote: I think that even someone who got into an institution through affirmative action could prove they were qualified by what they accomplished there. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I think that even someone who got into an institution through affirmative action could prove they were qualified by what they accomplished there.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I think that even someone who got into an institution through affirmative action could prove they were qualified by what they accomplished there. Page 188.




Quote: I am growing to love DC.This Washington is a beautiful city. I think every citizen should come see their capital. A lot of the museums are free, there are restaurants that are reasonably priced. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I am growing to love DC.This Washington is a beautiful city. I think every citizen should come see their capital. A lot of the museums are free, there are restaurants that are reasonably priced.


Quote: There's a great variety of people in Washington, but I think because of the great concentration of people in New York, that variety is more visible. You walk the streets and there are people of every color, shape and size, ethnic background, religion, it doesn't matter. It's always present. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of Sonia Sotomayor quote: There's a great variety of people in Washington, but I think because of the great concentration of people in New York, that variety is more visible. You walk the streets and there are people of every color, shape and size, ethnic background, religion, it doesn't matter. It's always present.- black text on quotes background

There's a great variety of people in Washington, but I think because of the great concentration of people in New York, that variety is more visible. You walk the streets and there are people of every color, shape and size, ethnic background, religion, it doesn't matter. It's always present.


Quote: I don't have a professional aspiration. But I do have a personal one: I want to continue growing as a person. I want to reach out more to people, learn more from them. Ultimately, I would like to be a great justice that people remember with respect and fondness. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I don't have a professional aspiration. But I do have a personal one: I want to continue growing as a person. I want to reach out more to people, learn more from them. Ultimately, I would like to be a great justice that people remember with respect and fondness.


Quote: There are no bystanders in this life. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

There are no bystanders in this life.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

There are no bystanders in life. Our humanity makes us each a part of something greater than ourselves.


Quote: How many times would a defendant's lawyer enter the courtroom before a session and ask each of the male clerks and paralegals around me, 'Are you the assistant in charge?' while I sat there invisible to him at the head of the table? by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

How many times would a defendant's lawyer enter the courtroom before a session and ask each of the male clerks and paralegals around me, 'Are you the assistant in charge?' while I sat there invisible to him at the head of the table?


Quote: I've never had my dexterity called into question, but I think if that was ever the case, I could acquit myself by tossing a ball back and forth horizontally between my hands. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I've never had my dexterity called into question, but I think if that was ever the case, I could acquit myself by tossing a ball back and forth horizontally between my hands.


Quote: I was fifteen years old when I understood how it is that things break down: people can't imagine someone else's point of view. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I was fifteen years old when I understood how it is that things break down: people can't imagine someone else's point of view.


Quote: I think being a Catholic made me a better person. It taught me how to choose good over evil, and how to be a more caring human being. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I think being a Catholic made me a better person. It taught me how to choose good over evil, and how to be a more caring human being.




Quote: People who live in difficult circumstances need to know that happy endings are possible. Page 1. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

People who live in difficult circumstances need to know that happy endings are possible. Page 1.


Quote: If the issue is letting the states experiment and letting the society have more time to figure out its direction, why is taking a case now the answer? by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

If the issue is letting the states experiment and letting the society have more time to figure out its direction, why is taking a case now the answer?


Quote: The tatters of old stories are tangled, weathered, muted by long-held silences that succeeded loud feuds, and sometimes no doubt re-dyed a more flattering color. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

The tatters of old stories are tangled, weathered, muted by long-held silences that succeeded loud feuds, and sometimes no doubt re-dyed a more flattering color.


Quote: In every position that I've been in, there have been naysayers who don't believe I'm qualified or who don't believe I can do the work. And I feel a special responsibility to prove them wrong. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

In every position that I've been in, there have been naysayers who don't believe I'm qualified or who don't believe I can do the work. And I feel a special responsibility to prove them wrong.




Quote: Much of the uncertainty of law is not an unfortunate accident: it is of immense social value. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

Much of the uncertainty of law is not an unfortunate accident: it is of immense social value.


Quote: It really takes growing up to treasure the specialness of being different. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

It really takes growing up to treasure the specialness of being different.




Quote: You make your life choices understanding that you might and do have to work harder to prove yourself. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

You make your life choices understanding that you might and do have to work harder to prove yourself.


Quote: Being a justice. If you love law the way I do... you're given the job of a lifetime... you're permitted to address the most important legal questions of the country, and sometimes the world. And in doing so, you make a difference in people's lives. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

Being a justice. If you love law the way I do... you're given the job of a lifetime... you're permitted to address the most important legal questions of the country, and sometimes the world. And in doing so, you make a difference in people's lives.




Quote: I'm a New Yorker, and I jaywalk with the best of them. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I'm a New Yorker, and I jaywalk with the best of them.


Quote: As for the possibility of 'having it all,' career and family with no sacrifice to either, that is a myth we would do well to abandon, together with the pernicious notion that a woman who chooses one of the other is somehow deficient. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

As for the possibility of 'having it all,' career and family with no sacrifice to either, that is a myth we would do well to abandon, together with the pernicious notion that a woman who chooses one of the other is somehow deficient.


Quote: We have to look and ensure that we're paying attention to what we're doing, so that we don't reflexively institute processes and procedures that exclude people without thought. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

We have to look and ensure that we're paying attention to what we're doing, so that we don't reflexively institute processes and procedures that exclude people without thought.


Quote: When you have strong views about how to approach thinking about the law, then that view is going to lead to certain results in certain situations. And so people seem to think this predictability is based on some kind of partisan political view. But it's not. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

When you have strong views about how to approach thinking about the law, then that view is going to lead to certain results in certain situations. And so people seem to think this predictability is based on some kind of partisan political view. But it's not.






Quote: Experience has taught me that you cannot value dreams according to the odds of their coming true. Their real value is in stirring within us the will to aspire. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

Experience has taught me that you cannot value dreams according to the odds of their coming true. Their real value is in stirring within us the will to aspire.


Quote: I am a very spiritual person. Maybe not traditionally religious in terms of Sunday Mass every week, that sort of thing. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I am a very spiritual person. Maybe not traditionally religious in terms of Sunday Mass every week, that sort of thing.


Quote: The worst thing you want is a willy-nilly judge who is swayed by the political whims of the era or the time. What you want is a judge who is thinking about what he or she is doing and is thinking about it in a principled way. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

The worst thing you want is a willy-nilly judge who is swayed by the political whims of the era or the time. What you want is a judge who is thinking about what he or she is doing and is thinking about it in a principled way.


Quote: There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that's happening on what we consider our private property. That type of technology has to stimulate us to think about what is it that we cherish in privacy, and how far we want to protect it and from whom. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of Sonia Sotomayor quote: There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that's happening on what we consider our private property. That type of technology has to stimulate us to think about what is it that we cherish in privacy, and how far we want to protect it and from whom.- black text on quotes background

There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that's happening on what we consider our private property. That type of technology has to stimulate us to think about what is it that we cherish in privacy, and how far we want to protect it and from whom.




Quote: Many of the gaps in my knowledge and understanding were simply limits of class and cultural background, not lack of aptitude or application as I feared. Page 135. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

Many of the gaps in my knowledge and understanding were simply limits of class and cultural background, not lack of aptitude or application as I feared. Page 135.


Quote: The dynamism of any diverse community depends not only on the diversity itself but on promoting a sense of belonging among those who formerly would have been considered and felt themselves outsiders. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

The dynamism of any diverse community depends not only on the diversity itself but on promoting a sense of belonging among those who formerly would have been considered and felt themselves outsiders.


Quote: The challenges I have faced -- among them material poverty, chronic illness, and being raised by a single mother -- are not uncommon, but neither have they kept me from uncommon achievements. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

The challenges I have faced -- among them material poverty, chronic illness, and being raised by a single mother -- are not uncommon, but neither have they kept me from uncommon achievements.


Quote: I visit the island Puerto Rico as often as I humanly can. And I visit with community as frequently as possible, given the demands on me. I meet with kids. I meet with adults. I try to spend time and to listen to people talk about their lives. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I visit the island Puerto Rico as often as I humanly can. And I visit with community as frequently as possible, given the demands on me. I meet with kids. I meet with adults. I try to spend time and to listen to people talk about their lives.


Quote: I was aware that my nomination was drawing a lot of attention, particularly in the Latino world, not just in Puerto Rico. It was touching. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I was aware that my nomination was drawing a lot of attention, particularly in the Latino world, not just in Puerto Rico. It was touching.


Quote: Without question, so many people, throughout my life, never think of Puerto Rico as part of the United States. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

Without question, so many people, throughout my life, never think of Puerto Rico as part of the United States.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Without question, so many people, throughout my life, never think of Puerto Rico as part of the United States. Many people have no idea what the relationship is between Puerto Rico and the United States. And certainly, I have been asked if we are citizens.


Quote: Through reading, I escaped the bad parts of my life in the South Bronx. And, through books, I got to travel the world and the universe. It, to me, was a passport out of my childhood and it remains a way -- through the power of words -- to change the world. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

Through reading, I escaped the bad parts of my life in the South Bronx. And, through books, I got to travel the world and the universe. It, to me, was a passport out of my childhood and it remains a way -- through the power of words -- to change the world.




Quote: Even though Article IV of the Constitution says that treaties are the 'supreme law of the land,' in most instances they're not even law. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

Even though Article IV of the Constitution says that treaties are the 'supreme law of the land,' in most instances they're not even law.


Quote: The first case I sat on... was Citizens United. Talk about being thrown in. Needless to say, if I was scared before, I was terrified. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

The first case I sat on... was Citizens United. Talk about being thrown in. Needless to say, if I was scared before, I was terrified.


Quote: It is very important when you judge to recognize that you have to stay impartial. That's what the nature of my job is. I have to unhook myself from my emotional responses and try to stay within my unemotional, objective persona. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

It is very important when you judge to recognize that you have to stay impartial. That's what the nature of my job is. I have to unhook myself from my emotional responses and try to stay within my unemotional, objective persona.


Quote: Each time I see a split infinitive, an inconsistent tense structure or the unnecessary use of the passive voice, I blister. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

Each time I see a split infinitive, an inconsistent tense structure or the unnecessary use of the passive voice, I blister.


Quote: When I'm concentrating, I can be fixed in place for hours. In fact, there was a joke in my office that everybody would come and chat outside my door because they knew -- no matter how loud they talked -- if I was concentrating, it would not disturb me at all. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

When I'm concentrating, I can be fixed in place for hours. In fact, there was a joke in my office that everybody would come and chat outside my door because they knew -- no matter how loud they talked -- if I was concentrating, it would not disturb me at all.


Quote: I've never wanted to get adjusted to my income, because I knew I wanted to go back to public service. And in comparison to what my mother earns and how I was raised, it's not modest at all. I have no right to complain. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I've never wanted to get adjusted to my income, because I knew I wanted to go back to public service. And in comparison to what my mother earns and how I was raised, it's not modest at all. I have no right to complain.


Quote: I have spent my years since Princeton, while at law school and in my various professional jobs, not feeling completely a part of the worlds I inhabit. I am always looking over my shoulder wondering if I measure up. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I have spent my years since Princeton, while at law school and in my various professional jobs, not feeling completely a part of the worlds I inhabit. I am always looking over my shoulder wondering if I measure up.


Quote: Oh my God, I don't think you can say anyone looks forward to controversy. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

Oh my God, I don't think you can say anyone looks forward to controversy.


Quote: I found in my experiences that it's not that men are consciously discriminating against promoting women, but I do believe as people we have self-images about what's good. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I found in my experiences that it's not that men are consciously discriminating against promoting women, but I do believe as people we have self-images about what's good.


Quote: What's quote-unquote a 'good' lawyer, doctor, or whatever the profession is. And if you're a male who grew up professionally in a male-dominated profession, then your image of what a good lawyer is a male image. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

What's quote-unquote a 'good' lawyer, doctor, or whatever the profession is. And if you're a male who grew up professionally in a male-dominated profession, then your image of what a good lawyer is a male image.


Quote: If the system is broken, my inclination is to fix it rather than to fight it. I have faith in the process of the law, and if it is carried out fairly, I can live with the results, whatever they may be. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

If the system is broken, my inclination is to fix it rather than to fight it. I have faith in the process of the law, and if it is carried out fairly, I can live with the results, whatever they may be.


Quote: I have never, ever focused on the negative of things. I always look at the positive. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I have never, ever focused on the negative of things. I always look at the positive.


Quote: All judges have cases that touch our passions deeply, but we all struggle constantly with remaining impartial. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

All judges have cases that touch our passions deeply, but we all struggle constantly with remaining impartial.


Quote: No matter how liberal I am, I'm still outraged by crimes of violence. Regardless of whether I can sympathize with the causes that lead these individuals to do these crimes, the effects are outrageous. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

No matter how liberal I am, I'm still outraged by crimes of violence. Regardless of whether I can sympathize with the causes that lead these individuals to do these crimes, the effects are outrageous.


Quote: This wealth of experiences, personal and professional, have helped me appreciate the variety of perspectives that present themselves in every case that I hear. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

This wealth of experiences, personal and professional, have helped me appreciate the variety of perspectives that present themselves in every case that I hear.


Quote: All of the legal defense funds out there, they're looking for people out there with court of appeals experience, because court of appeals is where policy is made. And I know, I know this is on tape and I should never say that because we don't make law, I know. I know. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of Sonia Sotomayor quote; white text on black background

All of the legal defense funds out there, they're looking for people out there with court of appeals experience, because court of appeals is where policy is made. And I know, I know this is on tape and I should never say that because we don't make law, I know. I know.




Quote: You can't be a minority in this society without having someone express disapproval about affirmative action. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

You can't be a minority in this society without having someone express disapproval about affirmative action.


Quote: When you come from a background like mine, where you're entering worlds that are so different than your own, you have to be afraid. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

When you come from a background like mine, where you're entering worlds that are so different than your own, you have to be afraid.


Quote: I want to state upfront, unequivocally and without doubt: I do not believe that any racial, ethnic or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge, regardless of their background or life experiences. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of Sonia Sotomayor quote: I want to state upfront, unequivocally and without doubt: I do not believe that any racial, ethnic or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge, regardless of their background or life experiences.- black text on quotes background

I want to state upfront, unequivocally and without doubt: I do not believe that any racial, ethnic or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge, regardless of their background or life experiences.


Quote: We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice.


Quote: My hope is that I will take the good from my experiences and extrapolate them further into areas with which I am unfamiliar. I simply do not know exactly what that difference will be in my judging. But I accept there will be some based on my gender and my Latina heritage. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of Sonia Sotomayor quote; white text on black background

My hope is that I will take the good from my experiences and extrapolate them further into areas with which I am unfamiliar. I simply do not know exactly what that difference will be in my judging. But I accept there will be some based on my gender and my Latina heritage.


Quote: I came to accept during my freshman year that many of the gaps in my knowledge and understanding were simply limits of class and cultural background, not lack of aptitude or application as I'd feared. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I came to accept during my freshman year that many of the gaps in my knowledge and understanding were simply limits of class and cultural background, not lack of aptitude or application as I'd feared.


Quote: I firmly believe in the rule of law as the foundation for all of our basic rights. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I firmly believe in the rule of law as the foundation for all of our basic rights.


Quote: I realized that people had an unreal image of me, that somehow I was a god on Mount Olympus. I decided that if I were going to make use of my role as a Supreme Court Justice, it would be to inspire people to realize that, first, I was just like them and second, if I could do it, so could they. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of Sonia Sotomayor quote: I realized that people had an unreal image of me, that somehow I was a god on Mount Olympus. I decided that if I were going to make use of my role as a Supreme Court Justice, it would be to inspire people to realize that, first, I was just like them and second, if I could do it, so could they.- black text on quotes background

I realized that people had an unreal image of me, that somehow I was a god on Mount Olympus. I decided that if I were going to make use of my role as a Supreme Court Justice, it would be to inspire people to realize that, first, I was just like them and second, if I could do it, so could they.


Quote: Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society.


Quote: All I can say is that with business and the interest of any party before me, I will consider and apply the law as it is written by Congress and informed by precedent. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

All I can say is that with business and the interest of any party before me, I will consider and apply the law as it is written by Congress and informed by precedent.


Quote: I honestly felt no envy or resentment, only astonishment at how much of a world there was out there and how much of it others already knew. The agenda for self-cultivation that had been set for my classmates by their teachers and parents was something I'd have to develop for myself. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of Sonia Sotomayor quote: I honestly felt no envy or resentment, only astonishment at how much of a world there was out there and how much of it others already knew. The agenda for self-cultivation that had been set for my classmates by their teachers and parents was something I'd have to develop for myself.- black text on quotes background

I honestly felt no envy or resentment, only astonishment at how much of a world there was out there and how much of it others already knew. The agenda for self-cultivation that had been set for my classmates by their teachers and parents was something I'd have to develop for myself.


Quote: I have never had to face anything that could overwhelm the native optimism and stubborn perseverance I was blessed with. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I have never had to face anything that could overwhelm the native optimism and stubborn perseverance I was blessed with.


Quote: An alcoholic father, poverty, my own juvenile diabetes, the limited English my parents spoke -- although my mother has become completely bilingual since. All these things intrude on what most people think of as happiness. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

An alcoholic father, poverty, my own juvenile diabetes, the limited English my parents spoke -- although my mother has become completely bilingual since. All these things intrude on what most people think of as happiness.


Quote: So many people grew up with challenges, as I did. There weren't always happy things happening to me or around me. But when you look at the core of goodness within yourself -- at the optimism and hope -- you realize it comes from the environment you grew up in. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

So many people grew up with challenges, as I did. There weren't always happy things happening to me or around me. But when you look at the core of goodness within yourself -- at the optimism and hope -- you realize it comes from the environment you grew up in.


Quote: Personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

Personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see.


Quote: I wouldn't approach the issue of judging in the way the president does. Judges can't rely on what's in their heart. They don't determine the law. Congress makes the law. The job of a judge is to apply the law. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I wouldn't approach the issue of judging in the way the president does. Judges can't rely on what's in their heart. They don't determine the law. Congress makes the law. The job of a judge is to apply the law.


Quote: There are cultural biases built into testing, and that was one of the motivations for the concept of affirmative action -- to try to balance out those effects. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

There are cultural biases built into testing, and that was one of the motivations for the concept of affirmative action -- to try to balance out those effects.


Quote: My diabetes is such a central part of my life... it did teach me discipline... it also taught me about moderation... I've trained myself to be super-vigilant... because I feel better when I am in control. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

My diabetes is such a central part of my life... it did teach me discipline... it also taught me about moderation... I've trained myself to be super-vigilant... because I feel better when I am in control.


Quote: I do know one thing about me: I don't measure myself by others' expectations or let others define my worth. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I do know one thing about me: I don't measure myself by others' expectations or let others define my worth.


Quote: My job as a prosecutor is to do justice. And justice is served when a guilty man is convicted and an innocent man is not. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

My job as a prosecutor is to do justice. And justice is served when a guilty man is convicted and an innocent man is not.


Quote: If I write a book where all I've ever experienced is success, people won't take a positive lesson from it. In being candid, I have to own up to my own failures, both in my marriage and in my work environment. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

If I write a book where all I've ever experienced is success, people won't take a positive lesson from it. In being candid, I have to own up to my own failures, both in my marriage and in my work environment.


Quote: There are uses to adversity, and they don't reveal themselves until tested. Whether it's serious illness, financial hardship, or the simple constraint of parents who speak limited English, difficulty can tap unexpected strengths. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

There are uses to adversity, and they don't reveal themselves until tested. Whether it's serious illness, financial hardship, or the simple constraint of parents who speak limited English, difficulty can tap unexpected strengths.


Quote: To have a romance, you have to have time. I'm a justice. I've written a book. The guy's gonna have to wait until I'm a little bit freer. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

To have a romance, you have to have time. I'm a justice. I've written a book. The guy's gonna have to wait until I'm a little bit freer.


Quote: I was raised in a Bronx public housing project, but studied at two of the nation's finest universities. I did work as an assistant district attorney, prosecuting violent crimes that devastate our communities. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I was raised in a Bronx public housing project, but studied at two of the nation's finest universities. I did work as an assistant district attorney, prosecuting violent crimes that devastate our communities.


Quote: The Latina in me is an ember that blazes forever. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

The Latina in me is an ember that blazes forever.


Quote: I savor life. When you have anything that threatens life... it prods you into stepping back and really appreciating the value of life and taking from it what you can. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I savor life. When you have anything that threatens life... it prods you into stepping back and really appreciating the value of life and taking from it what you can.


Quote: Sometimes, idealistic people are put off the whole business of networking as something tainted by flattery and the pursuit of selfish advantage. But virtue in obscurity is rewarded only in Heaven. To succeed in this world you have to be known to people. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

Sometimes, idealistic people are put off the whole business of networking as something tainted by flattery and the pursuit of selfish advantage. But virtue in obscurity is rewarded only in Heaven. To succeed in this world you have to be known to people.


Quote: The truth is that since childhood I had cultivated an existential independence. It came from perceiving the adults around me as unreliable, and without it I felt I wouldn't have survived. I cared deeply for everyone in my family, but in the end I depended on myself. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of Sonia Sotomayor quote; white text on black background

The truth is that since childhood I had cultivated an existential independence. It came from perceiving the adults around me as unreliable, and without it I felt I wouldn't have survived. I cared deeply for everyone in my family, but in the end I depended on myself.


Quote: I'm young at heart. I'm young in spirit, and I'm still adventurous. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I'm young at heart. I'm young in spirit, and I'm still adventurous.


Quote: I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life. by author Sonia Sotomayor overlaid on photo of photo of author Sonia Sotomayor with quote

I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life.


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