11 Sonia Sotomayor Quotes We Can All Learn From

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Even before she joined the Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor established herself as a person ready and willing to take a strong stance and refuse to back down. It's unsurprising, then, that looking across her career, you can find numerous quotes from Sotomayor that will inspire you and make you think about things in a totally different way.

Sotomayor was an Obama nominee for the Supreme Court, but before that, she was the daughter of a Puerto Rican family that moved to the Bronx, according to Biography.com. Driven by a mother who pushed them fervently towards higher education and her own desire to become a judge, Sotomayor went to Princeton and rose to the top of her class both there and, later, at Yale Law School.

Even before reading what she has to say, you can already let yourself be inspired by her life story. As a child, the Washington Post wrote, she taught herself to administer her own insulin shots. She faced slurs for being Hispanic, but she later became the first Latina to ever sit on the Supreme Court. She may have an Ivy League pedigree, but she certainly doesn't come from the typical background of a Supreme Court justice — and you can see evidence of her background in many of the following quotes.