DON’T BE DISTRACTED BY EMOTIONS LIKE ANGER, ENVY AND RESENTMENT: September 23, 2020

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

When asked for good advice, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared what her mother-in-law’s advice, given on the Justice’s wedding day. “In every good marriage,” she counseled, “it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.” I have followed that advice assiduously, and not only at home through 56 years of a marital partnership nonpareil [unrivaled], I have employed it as well in every workplace, including the Supreme Court.”

“We know that institutions can’t work as well for the people of the United States if we don’t respect and, in most cases, genuinely like each other,” Justice Ginsburg said. “I can tell you why I regard my colleagues in some ways as family,” she added. “During my tenure, I have had two bouts with cancer. Both times, my colleagues rallied around me and made it possible to get through those trying times without missing a day in court.”

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“Don’t be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment. These just zap energy and waste time.”

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

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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