American lecturer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “I hate quotes. Tell me what you know.”
But the thing about quotes is that each one is its own pearl. Each quote offers a snippet of the speaker’s personality and a tiny window into their wisdom.
Hollywood starlet Marlene Dietrich once told a reporter: “I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.”
Dietrich makes a pretty good point.
The right quote has the power to intrigue, inspire or even incite its reader or listener. To that end, we’ve compiled the following criminal justice quotes from authoritative folks who know much more about the field than we do.
1. Robert Frost
2. Ronald Reagan
3. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
4. Bobby Jindal
*Image provided courtesy of Gage Skidmore
5. Jonathan Swift
6. Hubert H. Humphrey
7. Martin Luther King Jr.
8. John Grisham
*Image provided courtesy of Sen. Jay Rockefeller
9. H.G. Wells