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Scalia: Rise to Greatness, 1936 to 1986

James Rosen

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“Xavier High School was the most formative institution in my life,” Scalia said upon his return to the school in 2011. “The Regiment’s most important legacy, of course, was not pageantry; it was discipline, and duty, and sacrifice.”29”

“Watergate dismayed Scalia. He saw in it the personal tragedy of Nixon but also the accelerating spiral of Western spiritual decline, in an age already debased by Vatican II, the counterculture, Radical Chic.”

“There is not a whole lot of use in being an ethnic, unless you’re running for office or perhaps going through a confirmation hearing. —Antonin Scalia, 1988”

“The vote on Rehnquist followed five days of debate on the Senate floor—the misery ended, at last, when sixteen Democrats joined in shutting it down. The debate on Scalia lasted seven minutes.9”

“The justice would term it “the shame of my life” that, despite a classical education that included six years of Latin and five of Greek, he never learned Italian as his father wished.”

“Scalia, in a Catholic school, was in an atmosphere that causes students to feel superior to begin with. As the school was Jesuit, the atmosphere was also one of being superior to all other Catholics. And then since Xavier was a military school, its students were aggressively superior.”

“Sam didn’t like his son’s politics. “He was a liberal man,” a neighbor from Queens recalled in 1986. “The son turned out conservative, but the father wasn’t.”16”

“My dad told me once, after a party everybody had left: ‘That’s why you should work hard in school—so you can succeed and have friends like Robert Bork.’ ”5”

“It was in Nino’s Catholic education that he encountered, for the first time, a setback: he failed the entrance exam for Regis, the prestigious Catholic high school in Manhattan he was eyeing. A classmate from this period, who”

“It is less true that we are what we eat than that we are what we do to eat.”

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