19 Powerful Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes About Doing Good

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We’ve all just heard the news that longtime Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (and powerhouse for gender equality and women’s rights) has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Not only did she manage cancer throughout her career, but she was also the second woman on the United States Supreme Court. In her time at court, she fought most notably and ardently for the advancement of gender equality, women’s rights, and true equality for all.

Especially the underrepresented and underserved members of society. All while he maintained bipartisan friendships with people with whom he strongly disagreed.

Her life and leadership certainly speak for themselves, but she also served as a volunteer attorney for the ACLU, a member of its board of directors, and one of its general counsel in the 1970s. Before that, she was a trailblazer, as one of the few women in law school.

To say that RBG broke barriers, for her and others, is an understatement in 2020.

Tonight, many are mourning this significant loss, on the pitch and in the US (and we’ll probably be watching the RBG documentary…again). That we wake up tomorrow and continue RBG’s fight for equal justice In America.

These words were true then, and true today, on what would have been his 89th birthday.

Here are our favorite inspirational Ruth Bader Ginsburg quotes:

Famous RBG Quotes on Making a Difference in the World

“Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that leads others to join you.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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“Real change, lasting change, happens one step at a time.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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“The judges continue to think and they can change. I always hope that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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“I am a firm believer in listening and learning from others.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“I am a firm believer in listening and learning from others.”  —Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quote

“Whatever you choose to do, leave traces. That means don’t just do it for yourself. You will want to leave the world a little better for having lived.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Whatever you choose to do, leave traces.  That means don't just do it for yourself.  You will want to leave the world a little better for having lived.”  —Ruth Bader Ginsburg

About his legacy

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on how she would like to be remembered:
“Someone who used whatever talent he had to do his job to the best of his ability. And to help mend the tears in your society, to make things a bit better by using whatever skills you have. To make something out of myself.”

“I just try to do the good work that I have to the best of my ability and I don’t really think about whether I’m inspiring. I just do the best I can.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On feminism and equality

“Women belong everywhere where decisions are made. It should not be that women are the exception.
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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“As women rise to power, the barriers will fall. As society sees what women can do, as women see what women can do, there will be more women doing things, and we will all be better off for it.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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“We have made great strides… but we have not reached nirvana. There is still rampant discrimination based on race, gender. It is true that most of the explicit classifications (men are treated this way, women that way) have disappeared from the law books. But what remains is what has been called unconscious bias. An excellent example of that is the symphony orchestra. In my growing up years, I never saw a woman in a symphony orchestra, except maybe as a harpist.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I pray that I can be all that [my mother] she would have been if she had lived in a time when women could aspire and achieve and daughters are prized just as much as sons.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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On democracy, justice and law

“A constitution, important as it is, will mean nothing unless the people yearn for liberty and liberty.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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“The Constitution begins with the words: ‘We, the people of the United States, to form a more perfect union.’ Think of how things were in 1787. Who were ‘we the people’? Certainly not the people that they were in human servitude because the original Constitution preserves slavery. more of an elite group, ‘We the People,’ but I think the genius of our Constitution is what Justice Thurgood Marshall said. He said he doesn’t celebrate the Constitution original, but it does celebrate what the Constitution has become, now over two centuries ago. That is the concept of “We the People” that has become increasingly inclusive. The people left out at the beginning—slaves, women, men without property, Native Americans—were not part of ‘We the People.’ Now all the people who were once excluded are part of our political constituency. We are certainly a more perfect union as a result of that.”
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a 2019 event in Little Rock, Arkansas

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“When seen at its end, almost any power seems dangerous.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“I am optimistic for the long term. A great man once said that the true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle, it is the pendulum, and when the pendulum swings too far in one direction, it swings back.”
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaking with BBC news night

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More short quotes from RBG

“Reacting with anger or annoyance will not improve persuasiveness.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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“If you have a loving life partner, you help the other person when that person needs it. I had a life partner who thought my work was just as important as his, and I think that made all the difference for me.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and reading more helped me make them come true.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Very often in life, the things you consider a handicap turn out to be great, good fortune.”
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg