Clarence Darrow Quotes (83 quotes)
“I am pleading for the future. I am pleading for a time when hatred and cruelty will not control the hearts of men, when we can learn by reason and judgment and understanding and faith that all life is worth saving, and that mercy is the highest attribute of man.”
Closing argument in Leopold-Loeb trial, Chicago, Ill., 22 August 1924
Crime: Its Cause and Treatment (1922)
“We're all killers at heart.... I have never taken anybody's life, but I have often read obituary notices with considerable satisfaction.”
Testimony before congressional committee, 1 February 1926
“Whenever I hear people discussing birthcontrol I always remember that I was the fifth.”
The Story of My Life (1932), Chapter 2
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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.