Top 25 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes on Equality, Law, Learning and Education

When it comes to the fight for justice and equality, no one reminds us of our strength like Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

For decades she burned a beacon of hope that showed us opportunities on the horizon and shined her light along each empowering path we can take to get there.

Her quotes are timeless words of wisdom, motivation and courage that motivate us to do better every day and make this world a more equitable place for everyone.

In honor of Justice Ginsburg, here is our top 25 list featuring her most inspirational quotes about equality, law learning and education.

Below you will find the most popular Ruth Bader Ginsburg quotes.

Top 10 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quotes on Equality

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”

“Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.”

“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”

“Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”

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“Women’s rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy.”

“I’m sometimes asked when there will be enough women on the Supreme Court. And I say, ‘When there are nine.'”

“We should not be held back from pursuing our full talents, from contributing what we could contribute to the society, because we fit into a certain mold.”

“The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself.”

“I said on the equality side of it, that it is essential to a woman’s equality with man that she be the decision-maker, that her choice be controlling.”

“I try to teach through my opinions, through my speeches, how wrong it is to judge people on the basis of what they look like, color of their skin, whether they’re men or women.”

Top 10 Quotes on Justice and Law

“Justices are not politicians, although politicians sometimes want to be justices.”

“Dissent speaks to a future age. It’s not simply to say, ‘my colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.’ But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view.”

“The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty; and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government.”

“If you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself. Something to repair tears in your community.”

“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”

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“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great good fortune.”

“I’m dejected, but only momentarily, when I can’t get the fifth vote for something I think is very important. But then you go on to the next challenge and you give it your all.”

“When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”

“You can disagree without being disagreeable.”

“I’m a very strong believer in visualizing and achieving your goals.”

Top 5 Quotes on Learning and Education

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”

“Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life.”

“I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.”

“If you have a caring life partner, you help the other person when that person needs it.”


Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy lives on through her impactful words. From her inspiring quotes on equality and justice, to her wisdom on learning and education, RBG’s words continue to resonate with people across the world.

May we continue to carry her legacy forward by fighting for what we believe in, and doing so with grace and determination.

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