At the age of 79, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died of apparent natural causes. In what marks his 30th year of service on the Supreme Court — his initial appointment was in 1986 — Scalia leaves behind an indelible record on the U.S. judicial body. Justice Scalia quotes about his famous decisions will undoubtedly speak to seminal cases, the impact of which will reverberate endlessly, for years to come.
Justice Scalia was notably (and outspokenly) opposed to the Supreme Court's 2015 upholding of the legality of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare, in case this is you were recently born), writing a lengthy and colorful dissent against the decision. And that was hardly the only occasion on which Scalia spoke up (to put it mildly) in defense of his own opinions on every topic that crossed his bench, from reproductive rights to marriage equality to interrogation techniques. The seasoned justice's remarks were so reliably pointed and articulated in such a distinct way, in fact, that for the duration of his time on the Supreme Court, it started to feel like every decision passed came in two parts: the decision itself, and what Antonin Scalia would have to say about the decision.
Here are some of his more notable, controversial, and at times, kinda hilarious quotes: