Clarence Darrow Quotes (83 quotes)
“Ancestors do not mean so much. The rebel who succeeds generally makes it easier for the posterity that follows him; so these descendants are usually contented and smug and soft. Rebels are made from life, not ancestors.”
Ch. 1 Before The Beginning - The Story of My Life (1932)
“I have always felt that doubt was the beginning of wisdom, and the fear of God was the end of wisdom.”
Ch. 4 Called To The Bar - The Story of My Life (1932)
“I had grown tired of standing in the lean and lonely front line facing the greatest enemy that ever confronted man — public opinion.”
Ch. 27 The Loeb-Leopold Tragedy (p. 232) - The Story of My Life (1932)
“At twenty a man is full of fight and hope. He wants to reform the world. When he is seventy he still wants to reform the world, but he knows he can't.”
As quoted in: Time, Volume 27 (1936), p. 69
“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with a lot of pleasure.”
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsClarence Darrow
Born: April 18, 1857
Died: March 13, 1938 (aged 80)
Bio: Clarence Seward Darrow was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for murdering 14-year-old Robert Bobby Franks and defending John T. Scopes in the Scopes Monkey Trial, in which he opposed William Jennings Bryan.