Clarence Darrow Quotes (83 quotes)
“Calvin Coolidge was the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth Corner, Vermont.”
As quoted in Foundations of Democracy: A Series of Debates (1939) by Thomas Vernor Smith and Robert Alphonso Taft, p. 10
“Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails.”
The Sign (May 1938) This has been misquoted as: The pursuit of truth will set you free; even if you never catch up with it.
As quoted in "Peter's Quotations: Ideas For Our Time" (1977), edited by Laurence J. Peter, p. 248
Scopes Trial, Dayton, Tennessee (13 July 1925)
Closing Arguments: Clarence Darrow on Religion, Law, and Society (2005 edition), Ohio University Press - ISBN: 9780821416327
“I have suffered from being misunderstood, but I would have suffered a hell of a lot more if I had been understood.”
As quoted in Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do by Peter McWilliams, from 2000 Years of Disbelief (1996) edited by James A Haught p. 817
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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.
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“Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won't come again And don't speak too soon For the wheel's still in spin And there's no tellin' who that it's naming.' For the loser now will be later to win”