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Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "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."

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.




Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "[T]he habit of living as if in the shadow of death has remained with me, and I consider that, too, a gift."

[T]he habit of living as if in the shadow of death has remained with me, and I consider that, too, a gift.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "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."

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.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "I couldn’t even tell if I had any sadness of my own, because I was so full of Abuelita’s sadness."

I couldn’t even tell if I had any sadness of my own, because I was so full of Abuelita’s sadness.




Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "It seems obvious now: the child who spends school days in a fog of semi-comprehension has no way to know her problem is not that she is slow-witted."

It seems obvious now: the child who spends school days in a fog of semi-comprehension has no way to know her problem is not that she is slow-witted.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "...you cannot value dreams according to the odds of their coming true. The real value is in stirring within us the will to aspire."

...you cannot value dreams according to the odds of their coming true. The real value is in stirring within us the will to aspire.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "... a surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence. Page 115"

... a surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence. Page 115




Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "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."

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.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society."

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



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "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"

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



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "I strive never to forget the real world consequences of my decisions on individuals, businesses and government."

I strive never to forget the real world consequences of my decisions on individuals, businesses and government.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "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."

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.




Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "I accepted what the Sisters taught in religion class: that God is loving, merciful, charitable, forgiving. That message didn't jibe with adults smacking kids."

I accepted what the Sisters taught in religion class: that God is loving, merciful, charitable, forgiving. That message didn't jibe with adults smacking kids.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "I am a New Yorker, and 7:00 A.M. is a civilized hour to finish the day, not to start it."

I am a New Yorker, and 7:00 A.M. is a civilized hour to finish the day, not to start it.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "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"

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



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "[T]he more critical lesson I learned that day is still one too many kids never figure out: don't be shy about making a teacher of any willing party who knows what he or she is doing."

[T]he more critical lesson I learned that day is still one too many kids never figure out: don't be shy about making a teacher of any willing party who knows what he or she is doing.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "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."

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.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "Sonia lives her life fully. If she dies tomorrow, she'll die happy. If she lives the way you want her to live, she'll die miserable. So leave her alone, okay?"

Sonia lives her life fully. If she dies tomorrow, she'll die happy. If she lives the way you want her to live, she'll die miserable. So leave her alone, okay?



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "I have never, ever focused on the negative of things. I always look at the positive."

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



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "Dressing badly has been a refuge much of my life, a way of compelling others to engage with my mind, not my physical presence. Page. 283"

Dressing badly has been a refuge much of my life, a way of compelling others to engage with my mind, not my physical presence. Page. 283



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "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."

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.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "I've known how to control my anger, but that doesn't mean I don't feel it. Page 190"

I've known how to control my anger, but that doesn't mean I don't feel it. Page 190



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "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"

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



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "[A]lthough wisdom is built on life experience, the mere accumulation of years guarantees nothing."

[A]lthough wisdom is built on life experience, the mere accumulation of years guarantees nothing.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "I have come to believe that in order to thrive, a child must have at least one adult in her life who shows her unconditional love, respect, and confidence."

I have come to believe that in order to thrive, a child must have at least one adult in her life who shows her unconditional love, respect, and confidence.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand."

It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "I've always believed phone calls from kids must be allowed if mothers are to feel welcome in the workplace, as anyone who has worked in my chambers can attest."

I've always believed phone calls from kids must be allowed if mothers are to feel welcome in the workplace, as anyone who has worked in my chambers can attest.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "I hope that as the Senate and American people learn more about me, they will see that I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences."

I hope that as the Senate and American people learn more about me, they will see that I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "As you discover what strength you can draw from your community in this world from which it stands apart, look outward as well as inward. Build bridges instead of walls."

As you discover what strength you can draw from your community in this world from which it stands apart, look outward as well as inward. Build bridges instead of walls.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "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."

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.



Sonia Sotomayor Quotes: "It is our responsibility to explain to the public how an often unpredictable system of justice is one that serves a productive, civilized, but always evolving, society."

It is our responsibility to explain to the public how an often unpredictable system of justice is one that serves a productive, civilized, but always evolving, society.