Marshall – Quotes
Sam: You want me to try this case?
Thurgood: No. I need you to try this case. The Lord commanded Moses to solicit his brother’s help. He shall be your mouth and you shall be his god.
Thurgood: After what your granddaddy did to get his freedom, you just gonna give it right back for something you didn’t do? I don’t have to fight for this alone. I’m gonna fight with you...and we’ve got weapons we didn’t used to have. We’ve got the law.
Thurgood: You lied in a sworn statement. Why would you do that???
Joseph: Because I was scared. I was scared what they gonna do to me if they find out.
Thurgood: I need an army of lawyers like you, Sam. An army of lawyers who don’t even know they want to make a difference... Who I can train.
Sam: You gonna run around putting out fires?
Thurgood: It’s not really fires I’m after; it’s fire itself.
Thurgood (quoted by Sam): Why would a woman like Eleanor Strubing...encourage sexual relations with Joseph Spell? ... The pains of loneliness hit hard. ... [And then] she can’t live with the fear, the shame...
Thurgood (quoted by Sam): She is a swimmer and she can’t drown.