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Constitution quotes by Pope Theodoros II
#1. The constitution is for us all to live together, a common life, we need each other. #Quote by Pope Theodoros II
Constitution quotes by George Albert Smith
#2. Our feet have been planted upon this sacred soil for a wise purpose. This land has been dedicated for the blessing of mankind. The Constitution and the laws that have been enacted under its provisions are calculated to insure liberty, not license, to all who dwell here. This church with which we are identified stands, if it stands for anything, for the perpetuation of the liberties of all mankind. We should not listen to those who find pleasure in teaching sedition. Neither should we follow those who claim to be citizens of this land, who go about violating the laws that govern it. There are many who are failing to do their duty as citizens who have the right of franchise, but who are unworthy of that blessing that has come to those who live in this wonderful country. #Quote by George Albert Smith
Constitution quotes by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
#3. I can say that I have not done any culpable violation of the constitution. #Quote by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Constitution quotes by Ted Cruz
#4. I think the working men and women are getting hammered right now. They want someone they can trust to stand with them. And part of the reason so many conservatives are uniting behind our campaign is, I'm the only one who led the battle against amnesty, has led the battle to secure the borders, has led the battle for the working men and women of this country. #Quote by Ted Cruz
Constitution quotes by Rex E. Lee
#5. I have no criticism of the basic concept of irrefutable authority. Properly employed, it is the easiest, the surest, and the proper way to resolve conflicts. There is an omnipresent temptation, however, to rely on such authority regardless of its applicability; and I know of no better examples than the scriptures and the Constitution.

We find it easy to lapse into the expansive notion that the Constitution, like the gospel, embraces all truth and that it protects and guarantees all that is right, equitable, and just. From that grand premise it is only a short and comfortable leap to the proposition that the Constitution embraces my particular notion of what is right, equitable, and just. The Constitution lends itself to this kind of use because of its breadth.

Issues such as foreign aid, fluoridation of water, public versus private education, progressive income tax, to which political party I should belong and which candidate I should support; questions about economic development and environmental quality control; questions about the power of labor unions and the influence of big business in government--all these are issues of great importance. But these questions cannot and ought not to be resolved by simply resorting to irrefutable authority. Neither the Constitution nor the scriptures contain answers to these questions, and under the grand plan of eternal progress it is our responsibility to develop our own skills by working out our own answers throug #Quote by Rex E. Lee
Constitution quotes by Thomas More
#6. when I compare with them so many other nations that are still making new laws, and yet can never bring their constitution to a right regulation; where, notwithstanding every one has his property, yet all the laws that they can invent have not the power either to obtain or preserve it, or even to enable men certainly to distinguish what is their own from what is another's, of which the many lawsuits that every day break out, and are eternally depending, give too plain a demonstration - when, #Quote by Thomas More
Constitution quotes by Tim Walberg
#7. Do we really want the FCC to conduct investigations and issue warnings to radio talk show hosts nationwide who simply discuss the important issues of our time? The Constitution says 'freedom of speech,' not 'freedom of government-approved fair speech in rationed amounts.' #Quote by Tim Walberg
Constitution quotes by A.E. Samaan
#8. The right to self defense is inalienable from the right to life. Weaken one and the other is devalued. Surrender your arms today and forfeit your life tomorrow. #Quote by A.E. Samaan
Constitution quotes by James Hutton
#9. A rock or stone is not a subject that, of itself, may interest a philosopher to study; but, when he comes to see the necessity of those hard bodies, in the constitution of this earth, or for the permanency of the land on which we dwell, and when he finds that there are means wisely provided for the renovation of this necessary decaying part, as well as that of every other, he then, with pleasure, contemplates this manifestation of design, and thus connects the mineral system of this earth with that by which the heavenly bodies are made to move perpetually in their orbits. #Quote by James Hutton
Constitution quotes by Antonin Scalia
#10. But I'm not pro death penalty. I - I'm just anti the notion that it is not a matter for democratic choice, that it has been taken away from the democratic choice of the people by a provision of the Constitution. #Quote by Antonin Scalia
Constitution quotes by Franklin Pierce
#11. READILY and, I trust, feelingly acknowledge the duty incumbent on us all ... to provide for those who, in the mysterious order of Providence, are subject to want and to disease of body or mind; but I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States ... #Quote by Franklin Pierce
Constitution quotes by Joseph Addison
#12. A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes. #Quote by Joseph Addison
Constitution quotes by Michael Parenti
#13. The Federalists also used bribes, intimidation, and fraud against opponents of the Constitution. #Quote by Michael Parenti
Constitution quotes by Elisabeth Elliot
#14. When the Constitution declares that 'all men are created equal,' it is not referring to intelligence, good looks, good humor, height, weight, or income. It is talking about certain rights, 'inalienable', in that they cannot be taken away. #Quote by Elisabeth Elliot
Constitution quotes by Antonin Scalia
#15. The death penalty? Give me a break. It's easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state. #Quote by Antonin Scalia
Constitution quotes by Josh Mandel
#16. We need to do a top/bottom review of the federal government and for every agency administration bureaucracy that is not called for in the United States Constitution, we have to really ask the question what is its purpose, how many people work there, how much does it cost the taxpayers and what is the value to our society. #Quote by Josh Mandel
Constitution quotes by James Otis
#17. And I take this opportunity to declare, that ... I will to my dying day oppose, with all the powers and faculties God has given me, all such instruments of slavery on the one hand, and villainy on the other, as this writ of assistance is. It appears to me ... the worst instrument of arbitrary power, the most destructive of English liberty, and the fundamental principles of the constitution, that ever was found in an English law-book. #Quote by James Otis
Constitution quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#18. People exercise the freedom to present themselves from a vast array of precepts. The modern human mind can engage in reflective thought and selectively determine how to organize the elements of perception. We can consciously elect to depart from stereotypical behavior and transcend the heretofore-established biological behavioral preferences. People can elect to hold prejudices or not, can make rational or irrational decisions to engage in war or not, and can take deliberate steps to arrest destruction of the ecosystem or not. Holding ourselves in check by placing a brake upon the human propensity to strike out in instinctual behavior is a distinct human quality. Restraint from instant gratification of strong impulses represents a unique human behavior trait. By intentionally refraining from committing an instinctual action, humankind asserts its sovereignty from its biological constitution. Unbound from the limitations of its biological nature, a person can employ the mind to devise alternative behavioral choices and the results of numerous behavioral choices culminate to provide a person with a sophisticated definition of the self. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Constitution quotes by Thomas Reid
#19. If there are certain principles, as I think there are, which the' constitution of our nature leads us to believe, and which we are under a necessity to take for granted in the common concerns of life,' without being able to give a reason for them; these are what we call the principles of common sense; and what is manifestly contrary to them, is what we call absurd. #Quote by Thomas Reid
Constitution quotes by Edward Everett
#20. The man who stands upon his own soil, who feels, by the laws of the land in which he lives,-by the laws of civilized nations,-he is the rightful and exclusive owner of the land which he tills, is, by the constitution of our nature, under a wholesome influence, not easily imbibed from any other source. #Quote by Edward Everett
Constitution quotes by Antonin Scalia
#21. [International law] doesn't show what the Constitution originally meant, and it doesn't show what is fundamentally important to Americans today. It shows what's fundamentally important to somebody else today. #Quote by Antonin Scalia
Constitution quotes by Fareed Zakaria
#22. Andrew Moraviscik, one of the best American scholars of Europe, points out that once you exclude translators and clerical workers, the European Commission employs 2.500 officials, "fewer than any moderately sized European city and less than 1 percent of the number employed by the French state alone". As for its undemocratic nature, any new law it wishes to pass needs more than 71 percent of the weighted national-government votes - "a larger proportion than the required to amend the American Constitution". #Quote by Fareed Zakaria
Constitution quotes by Robert Byrd
#23. And the president is all wrong when he maintains that a nominee should have an up-or-down vote. The Constitution doesn't say that. The Constitution doesn't say that that nominee shall have any vote at all. There doesn't have to even be a vote. #Quote by Robert Byrd
Constitution quotes by Vayalar Ravi
#24. The constitution is itself the product of the freedom struggle. #Quote by Vayalar Ravi
Constitution quotes by Henry David Thoreau
#25. It is not every man who can be a Christian, even in a very moderate sense, whatever education you give him. It is a matter of constitution and temperament, after all. He may have to be born again many times. I have known many a man who pretended to be a Christian, in whom it was ridiculous, for he had no genius for it. It is not every man who can be a free man, even. #Quote by Henry David Thoreau
Constitution quotes by Narendra Modi
#26. The consensus we arrived with States for amending the Constitution to implement GST is a major breakthrough. This alone has the potential to make India competitive and attractive for investment. #Quote by Narendra Modi
Constitution quotes by John Marshall
#27. The constitution is either a superior paramount law, unchangeable by ordinary means, or it is on a level with ordinary legislative acts, alterable when the legislature shall please to alter it. It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is. This is the very essence of judicial duty. #Quote by John Marshall
Constitution quotes by Butch Otter
#28. Our Constitution was put together for a free people. #Quote by Butch Otter
Constitution quotes by Michiko Kakutani
#29. Trump's ridiculousness, his narcissistic ability to make everything about himself, the outrageousness of his lies, and the profundity of his ignorance can easily distract attention from the more lasting implications of his story: how easily Republicans in Congress enabled him, undermining the whole concept of checks and balances set in place by the founders; how a third of the country passively accepted his assaults on the Constitution; how easily Russian disinformation took root in a culture where the teaching of history and civics had seriously atrophied. #Quote by Michiko Kakutani
Constitution quotes by Hugo Black
#30. The first ten amendments were proposed and adopted largely because of fear that Government might unduly interfere with prized individual liberties. The people wanted and demanded a Bill of Rights written into their Constitution. The amendments embodying the Bill of Rights were intended to curb all branches of the Federal Government in the fields touched by the amendments-Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. #Quote by Hugo Black
Constitution quotes by Maurice Merleau Ponty
#31. But the spectacle perceived does not partake of pure being. Taken exactly as I see it, it is a moment of my individual history, and since sensation is a reconstitution, it pre-supposes in me sediments left behind by some previous constitution, so that I am, as a sentient subject, a repository stocked with natural powers at which I am the first to be filled with wonder. #Quote by Maurice Merleau Ponty
Constitution quotes by Naomi Wolf
#32. Here's what we're not taught [about the Declaration and Constitution]: Those words at the time they were written were blazingly, electrifyingly subversive. If you understand them truly now, they still are. You are not taught - and it is a disgrace that you aren't - that these men and women were radicals for liberty; that they had a vision of equality that was a slap in the face of what the rest of their world understood to be the unchanging, God-given order of nations; and that they were willing to die to make that desperate vision into a reality for people like us, whom they would never live to see. #Quote by Naomi Wolf
Constitution quotes by Lysander Spooner
#33. Our Constitution does not profess to have been established simply by the majority, but by 'the people' - the minority as much as the majority. #Quote by Lysander Spooner
Constitution quotes by Ramsey Clark
#34. Impeachment is the direct constitutional means for removing a President, Vice President or other civil officers of the United States who has acted or threatened acts that are serious offenses against the Constitution, its system of government, or the rule of law, or that are conventional crimes of such a serious nature that they would injure the Presidency if there was no removal. #Quote by Ramsey Clark
Constitution quotes by Rand Paul
#35. How will we defend ourselves if the Patriot Act expires? Well, perhaps we could just rely on the Constitution and demonstrate exactly how traditional judicial warrants can gather all the info we need - and how bulk collection really hasn't worked. #Quote by Rand Paul
Constitution quotes by Franklin Graham
#36. Syria, for all its problems, at least has a constitution that guarantees equal protection of citizens. Around the world, we have seen that this is essential where Christians are a minority and are not protected. #Quote by Franklin Graham
Constitution quotes by Richard Pryor
#37. What I am for is justice for everyone, just like it says in the Constitution. #Quote by Richard Pryor
Constitution quotes by Al Franken
#38. Our laws need to reflect the evolution of technology and the changing expectations of American society. This is why the Constitution is often called a 'living' document. #Quote by Al Franken
Constitution quotes by Charles A. Beard
#39. The functions of the president are prescribed by the Constitution, but his real achievements are not set by the letter of the law. They are determined rather by his personality, the weight of his influence, his capacity for managing men, and the strength and effectiveness of the party forces behind him. #Quote by Charles A. Beard
Constitution quotes by Thomas Paine
#40. HOW CAME THE KING BY A POWER WHICH THE PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO TRUST, AND ALWAYS OBLIGED TO CHECK? Such a power could not be the gift of a wise people, neither can any power, WHICH NEEDS CHECKING, be from God; yet the provision, which the constitution makes, supposes such a power to exist. #Quote by Thomas Paine
Constitution quotes by Algernon Sidney
#41. Laws and constitutions ought to be weighed ... to constitute that which is most conducing to the establishment of justice and liberty. #Quote by Algernon Sidney
Constitution quotes by David Hume
#42. We make allowance for a certain degree of selfishness in men; because we know it to be inseparable from human nature, and inherent in our frame and constitution. By this reflexion we correct those sentiments of blame, which so naturally arise upon any opposition. #Quote by David Hume
Constitution quotes by Artur Davis
#43. The repeal of racist language in the Constitution of Alabama was and still is a necessary step in the state's ability to progress. #Quote by Artur Davis
Constitution quotes by Ernest L. Wilkinson
#44. Now what has happened in our country during the time we have been plunging toward socialism? Are we actually at that point where the Constitution may be hanging by a single thread and we need to step in to save it? #Quote by Ernest L. Wilkinson
Constitution quotes by Edwin A. Abbott
#45. Yet at least we can admire the wise Prearrangement which has ordained that, as they have no hopes, so they shall have no memory to recall, and no forethought to anticipate, the miseries and humiliations which are at once a necessity of their existence and the basis of the constitution of Flatland. #Quote by Edwin A. Abbott
Constitution quotes by Thomas Chalmers
#46. By the very constitution of our nature moral evil is its own curse. #Quote by Thomas Chalmers
Constitution quotes by Narendra Dabholkar
#47. If I have to take police protection in my own country from my own people, then there is something wrong with me, I'm fighting within the framework of the Indian constitution and it is not against anyone, but for everyone. #Quote by Narendra Dabholkar
Constitution quotes by Edwin Meese
#48. In most countries, you have a monarch or some other principal person to whom its officers and its military swear their allegiance. Our officials in this country and our military swear allegiance to the Constitution. We say that when we say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. #Quote by Edwin Meese
Constitution quotes by Thomas Jefferson
#49. Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction. #Quote by Thomas Jefferson
Constitution quotes by Fareed Zakaria
#50. Crucial element of Greek education. In the city-state of Sparta, the most extreme example of this focus, young boys considered weak at birth were abandoned to die. The rest were sent to grueling boot camps, where they were toughened into Spartan soldiers from an early age. Around the fifth century BC, some Greek city-states, most notably Athens, began to experiment with a new form of government. "Our constitution is called a democracy," the Athenian statesman Pericles noted in his funeral oration, "because power is in the hands not of a minority but of the #Quote by Fareed Zakaria
Constitution quotes by Gore Vidal
#51. A nation not of men but of laws, intoned John Adams as he, among other lawyers, launched what has easily become the most demented society ever consciously devised by intelligent men. We are now enslaves by laws. We are governed by lawyers. We create little but litigate much. Our monuments are the ever-expanding prisons, where millions languish for having committed victimless crimes or for simply not playing the game of plausible deniability (aka lying) with a sufficiently good legal team. What began as a sort of Restoration comedy, The Impeachment of a President, on a frivolous, irrelevant matter, is suddenly turning very black indeed, and all our political arrangements are at risk as superstitious Christian fundamentalists and their corporate manipulators seem intent on overthrowing two presidential elections in a Senate trial. This is no longer comedy. This is usurpation. #Quote by Gore Vidal
Constitution quotes by Jonathan Edwards
#52. Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead, and to tend downwards with great weight and pressure towards hell; and if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and switfly
descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf, and your healthy constitution, and your own care and prudence, and best contrivance, and all your righteousness, would have no more influence to
uphold you and keep you out of hell, than a spider's web would have to stop a fallen rock. #Quote by Jonathan Edwards
Constitution quotes by John Ray
#53. There is no doubt, that man is not built to be a carnivorous animal. What a sweet, pleasing and innocent sight is the spectacle of a table served that way and what a difference to a make up of fuming animal meat, slaughtered and dead! Man in no way has the constitution of a carnivorous being. Hunt and voracity are unnatural to him. Man has neither the sharp pointed teeth or claws to slaughter his prey. On the contrary his hands are made to pick fruits, berries and vegetables and teeth appropriate to chew them. #Quote by John Ray
Constitution quotes by Alexander Hamilton
#54. Constitutions of civil government are not to be framed upon a calculation of existing exigencies, but upon a combination of these with the probable exigencies of ages, according to the natural and tried course of human affairs. Nothing, therefore, can be more fallacious than to infer the extent of any power, proper to be lodged in the national government, from an estimate of its immediate necessities. #Quote by Alexander Hamilton
Constitution quotes by Jonah Goldberg
#55. [Progressives] think the Constitution is like Felix the Cat's magic bag: Look in there long enough and hard enough, and you can find anything. #Quote by Jonah Goldberg
Constitution quotes by Mary Midgley
#56. Darwin proposed that creatures like us who, by their nature, are riven by strong emotional conflicts, and who have also the intelligence to be aware of those conflicts, absolutely need to develop a morality because they need a priority system by which to resolve them. The need for morality is a corollary of conflicts plus intellect:

'Man, from the activity of his mental faculties, cannot avoid reflection. . . . Any animal whatever, endowed with well-marked social instincts, would inevitably acquire a moral sense or conscience as soon as its intellectual powers had become as well-developed, or anything like as well-developed as in man.' - Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

That (he said) is why we have within us the rudiments of such a priority system and why we have also an intense need to develop those rudiments. We try to shape our moralities in accordance with our deepest wishes so that we can in some degree harmonize our muddled and conflict-ridden emotional constitution, thus finding ourselves a way of life that suits it so far as is possible.

These systems are, therefore, something far deeper than mere social contracts made for convenience. They are not optional. They are a profound attempt -- though of course usually an unsuccessful one -- to shape our conflict-ridden life in a way that gives priority to the things that we care about most.

If this is right, then we are creatures whose evolved nature absolutely requires that w #Quote by Mary Midgley
Constitution quotes by Al Smith
#57. I believe in the absolute separation of church and state and in the strict enforcement of the Constitution that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. #Quote by Al Smith
Constitution quotes by Rand Paul
#58. In battle, combatants engaged in war against America get no due process and may lawfully be killed. But citizens not in a battlefield - however despicable - are guaranteed a trial by our Constitution. No one argues that Americans who commit treason shouldn't be punished. The maximum penalty for treason is death. But the Constitution specifies the process necessary to convict. #Quote by Rand Paul
Constitution quotes by Bruce Schneier
#59. One hundred years ago, everyone could have personal privacy. You and your friend could walk into an empty field, look around to see that no one else was nearby, and have a level of privacy that has forever been lost. As Whitfield Diffie has said: No right of private conversation was enumerated in the Constitution. I don't suppose it occurred to anyone at the time that it could be prevented #Quote by Bruce Schneier
Constitution quotes by John Quincy Adams
#60. Our Constitution rests on the good sense and the respect of the American people. #Quote by John Quincy Adams
Constitution quotes by Sam Ervin
#61. A judicial activist is a judge who interprets the Constitution to mean what it would have said if he, instead of the Founding Fathers, had written it. #Quote by Sam Ervin
Constitution quotes by William Powell
#62. Unity is the only way in which the people of this country can overthrow the fascists, communists, capitalists, and all the other assholes who claim running a representative government is so difficult. The emphasis has been taken from the Bill of Rights and placed on the type of interpretation of the Constitution that best suits the people in power. #Quote by William Powell
Constitution quotes by Glenn Greenwald
#63. In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." After #Quote by Glenn Greenwald
Constitution quotes by Ted Cruz
#64. I'm a fighter. I am passionate about what I believe. I've been passionate my whole life about the [American] Constitution. #Quote by Ted Cruz
Constitution quotes by James Madison
#65. Those who proposed the Constitution knew, and those who ratified the Constitution also knew that this is ... a limited government tied down to specified powers ... It was never supposed or suspected that the old Congress could give away the money of the states to encourage agriculture or for any other purpose they pleased. #Quote by James Madison
Constitution quotes by Pope Paul VI
#66. In America, you are not required to offer food to the hungry or shelter the homeless. There is no ordinance forcing you to visit the lonely, or comfort the infirmed. No where in the Constitution does it say you have to provide clothing to the poor. In fact, one of the nicest things about living here in America, is that you really don't have to do anything for anybody. But when you do, you give meaning and provide soul to the concept of community ... and develop a sense of purpose to something greater than one's self ... #Quote by Pope Paul VI
Constitution quotes by Gerald R. Ford
#67. It is good to be back in the Peoples House. But this cannot be a real homecoming. Under the Constitution, I now belong to the executive branch. The Supreme Court has even ruled that I am the executive branchhead, heart, and hand. #Quote by Gerald R. Ford
Constitution quotes by Noah Feldman
#68. From a constitutional standpoint, the religion of a candidate is supposed to make no difference. Even before the founding fathers dreamed up the First Amendment, they inserted a provision in the Constitution expressly prohibiting any religious test for office. #Quote by Noah Feldman
Constitution quotes by Stephen Ambrose
#69. The American Constitution is the greatest governing document, and at some 7,000 words, just about the shortest. #Quote by Stephen Ambrose
Constitution quotes by Gordon B. Hinckley
#70. The Constitution under which we live and which has not only blessed us but has become a model for other constitutions, is our God-inspired national safeguard ensuring freedom and liberty, justice and equality before the law. #Quote by Gordon B. Hinckley
Constitution quotes by Sandra Day O'Connor
#71. Apparently a great many people have forgotten that the framers of our Constitution went to such great effort to create an independent judicial branch that would not be subject to retaliation by either the executive branch or the legislative branch because of some decision made by those judges. #Quote by Sandra Day O'Connor
Constitution quotes by John Adams
#72. We have no Constitution which functions in the absence of a moral people #Quote by John Adams
Constitution quotes by Charles Caleb Colton
#73. He that has energy enough in his constitution to root out a vice should go a little further, and try to plant a virtue in its place; otherwise he will have his labor to renew. A strong soil that has produced weeds may be made to produce wheat with far less difficulty than it would cost to make it produce nothing. #Quote by Charles Caleb Colton
Constitution quotes by Michael Newdow
#74. One day I was just looking at the coins is what brought this up. I saw "In God We Trust" on my coins. I said, "I don't trust in God," what is this? And I recalled there was something in the Constitution that said you're not allowed to do that and so I did some research. And as soon as I did the research, I realized the law seemed to be on my side and I filed the suit. It's a cool thing to do. Everyone should try it. #Quote by Michael Newdow
Constitution quotes by Marquis De Lafayette
#75. If the king refuses the constitution, I shall oppose him; if he accepts it, I shall defend him; and the day on which he gave himself up as my prisoner secured me more fully to his service than if he had promised me half his kingdom. #Quote by Marquis De Lafayette
Constitution quotes by Arthur Schopenhauer
#76. Further, the constitution of our consciousness is the ever present and lasting element in all we do or suffer; our individuality is persistently at work, more or less, at every moment of our life: all other influences are temporal, incidental, fleeting, and subject to every kind of chance and change. This is why Aristotle says: It is not wealth but character that lasts.
And just for the same reason we can more easily bear a misfortune which comes to us entirely from without, than one which we have drawn upon ourselves; for fortune may always change, but not character. Therefore, subjective blessings - a noble nature, a capable head, a joyful temperament, bright spirits, a well-constituted, perfectly sound physique, in a word, mens sana in corpore sano, are the first and most important elements in happiness; so that we should be more intent on promoting and preserving such qualities than on the possession of external wealth and external honor. #Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer
Constitution quotes by Gerald R. Ford
#77. That, in part, is why the Constitution's framers gave justices life tenure ? to enable them to rule wherever the law and the Constitution led them, without obligation or fear of political reprisal. Former Republican president Gerald Ford recently paid tribute to John Paul Stevens, his only appointee to the Supreme Court, who is also far more liberal than Republicans expected. He has served his nation well, ... with dignity, intellect and without partisan political concerns. #Quote by Gerald R. Ford
Constitution quotes by Alan Dershowitz
#78. We, the People of this country, have no unalienable rights ... all our rights are subject to modification ... the Constitution of the United States of America is nothing more than a piece of paper and ... our government should not be restrained by the Constitution because our government can do good things for people. #Quote by Alan Dershowitz
Constitution quotes by Elmar Hussein
#79. Anti-feminism is not sexism. It does not defend the various types of physical, sexual and moral violence against women in the family and society. It does not claim to violate the natural rights of women, which is expressed in the constitution and the legal system as a whole. Instead, anti-feminism supports the innate biological differences among men and women, and as a final result it is directed against gender-blindness -- a unisex trend that artificially increases due to feminism in modern global civilization. To protect the natural rights of women, you don't need to be a feminist, you have to be a humanist who has devoted himself or herself to protecting all humans. #Quote by Elmar Hussein
Constitution quotes by Bob Barr
#80. Despite two decisions, in 2008 and 2010, by the U.S. Supreme Court unequivocally affirming that the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms against infringement by the government, state legislatures continue to do just that - enact laws that significantly infringe this fundamental human right. #Quote by Bob Barr
Constitution quotes by Edmund Morgan
#81. Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence; Madison wrote not only the United States Constitution, or at least most of it, but also the most searching commentary on it that has ever appeared. Each of them served as president of the United States for eight years. What they had to say to each other has to command attention. #Quote by Edmund Morgan
Constitution quotes by Ken Buck
#82. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. #Quote by Ken Buck
Constitution quotes by John Boehner
#83. And we can celebrate when we have a government that has earned back the trust of the people it serves ... when we have a government that honors our Constitution and stands up for the values that have made America, America: economic freedom, individual liberty, and personal responsibility. #Quote by John Boehner
Constitution quotes by Joe Jamail
#84. I think the average American has forgotten the great feel for liberty and accountability that the framers of the Constitution believed. #Quote by Joe Jamail
Constitution quotes by Hippocrates
#85. Positive health requires a knowledge of man's primary constitution and of the powers of various foods, both those natural to them and those resulting from human skill. But eating alone is not enough for health. There must also be exercise, of which the effects must likewise be known. The combination of these two things makes regimen, when proper attention is given to the season of the year, the changes of the wind, the age of the individual, and the situation of his home. If there is any deficiency in food or exercise, the body will fall sick. #Quote by Hippocrates
Constitution quotes by William Rainey Harper
#86. The majority has no right to impose its religion on the rest. That's a tradition as sacred as the Constitution itself to this country. #Quote by William Rainey Harper
Constitution quotes by Sam Hamill
#87. Poets should speak out against what we see as the assault against our Constitution and the warmongering that's going on. I'm perfectly willing to lay down my life for my Constitution, but I am not willing to take a life for it or any other reason because I think killing people is counterproductive. #Quote by Sam Hamill
Constitution quotes by Will Rogers
#88. Labor Day, I suppose set by an Act of Congress. Everything we do nowadays is either by, or against, Acts of Congress. How Congress knew anything about Labor is beyond us. #Quote by Will Rogers
Constitution quotes by A.E. Samaan
#89. History could not be any clearer: Rights given by fad and fashion are just as easily taken away. The Constitution matters. #Quote by A.E. Samaan
Constitution quotes by Robert F. Williams
#90. One day the Constitution of Colorado is the highest law of the state. The next day it's waste paper. #Quote by Robert F. Williams
Constitution quotes by Novalis
#91. Almost all genius up to now was one-sided - the result of a sickly constitution. One type had too much sense of the external, the other too much inner sense. Seldom could nature achieve a balance between the two - a complete constitution of genius. Often a perfect proportion arose by chance, but this could never endure because it was not comprehended and fixed by the spirit - they remained fortunate moments. The first genius that penetrated itself found here the exemplary germ of an immeasurable world. It made a discovery which must have been the most remarkable in the history of the world - for with it there begins a whole new epoch for humanity - and true history of all kinds becomes possible for the first time at this stage - for the way that had been traversed hitherto now makes up a proper whole that can be entirely elucidated. That point outside the world is given, and now Archimedes can fulfill his promise. #Quote by Novalis
Constitution quotes by Ernestine Rose
#92. Even the best of constitutions need sometimes to be amended and improved, for after all there is but one constitution which is infallible, but one constitution that ought to be held sacred, and that is the human constitution. #Quote by Ernestine Rose
Constitution quotes by Andrew Johnson
#93. Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects. #Quote by Andrew Johnson
Constitution quotes by Thomas Jefferson
#94. He [Washington] has often declared to me that he considered our new constitution as an experiment on the practicability of republican government, and with what dose of liberty man could be trusted for his own good; that he was determined the experiment should have a fair trial, and would lose the last drop of his blood in support of it. And these declarations he repeated to me the oftener and the more pointedly. #Quote by Thomas Jefferson
Constitution quotes by Lyman Trumbull
#95. Each state, so that it does not abridge the great fundamental rights belonging, under the Constitution, to all citizens, may grant or withhold such civil rights as it pleases; all that is required is that, in this respect, its laws shall be impartial. #Quote by Lyman Trumbull
Constitution quotes by William J. Brennan
#96. The Constitution was framed fundamentally as a bulwark against governmental power, and preventing the arbitrary administration of punishment is a basic ideal of any society that purports to be governed by the rule of law. #Quote by William J. Brennan
Constitution quotes by John Boehner
#97. An Affront to the Rule of Law and to the Constitution Itself #Quote by John Boehner
Constitution quotes by A.B. Simpson
#98. I once saw a picture of the Constitution of the United States, very skillfully engraved in copper plate, so that when you looked at it closely it was nothing more than a piece of writing, but when you looked at it at a distance, it was the face of George Washington. The face shone out in the shading of the letters at a little distance, and I saw the person, not the words, nor the ideas; and I thought, "'That is the way to look at the Scriptures and understand the thoughts of God, to see in them the face of love, shining through and through; not ideas, nor doctrines, but Jesus Himself as the Life and Source and sustaining Presence of all our life. #Quote by A.B. Simpson
Constitution quotes by National Geographic Society
#99. Words form the sinew and muscle that hold societies upright, he argued. Consider the Koran, the Bible, the American Constitution, but also letters from fathers to sons, last wills, blessings, curses. Thousands upon thousands of words infused with the full spectrum of emotions fill in the nooks and corners of human life. #Quote by National Geographic Society
Constitution quotes by Norman Sunshine
#100. We both grew up at a time when homosexuality was not even spoken about. There were certainly no books that could help a young person understand that two people of the same sex could build a happy, productive and loving life together. When we entered our 50th year, another same sex couple told us we were 'an inspiration', so we began to feel we had the responsibility to make what we've experienced available to others. We also wanted to show people who were not gay that our life was not unlike theirs. We are all pretty much the same, so we deserve equal protection under the Constitution. #Quote by Norman Sunshine
Constitution quotes by Steven Levitsky
#101. Even well-designed constitutions cannot, by themselves, guarantee democracy. For one, constitutions are always incomplete. Like any set of rules, they have countless gaps and ambiguities. No operating manual, no matter how detailed, can anticipate all possible contingencies or prescribe how to behave under all possible circumstances. #Quote by Steven Levitsky
Constitution quotes by Anonymous
#102. The Georgia Constitution states it clearly: "The provision of an adequate public education for the citizens shall be a primary obligation of the State of Georgia." Note the term "public education." Taxpayers are not obligated to provide a private education but a public education. If you want a private education, you may certainly go get one. But the taxpayers of Georgia are under no obligation to pay for it. #Quote by Anonymous
Constitution quotes by William Matthews
#103. Talking, is a digestive process which is absolutely essential to the mental constitution of the man who devours many books. #Quote by William Matthews
Constitution quotes by Alexander Hamilton
#104. [T]he Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution. But this doctrine is not deducible from any circumstance peculiar to the plan of convention, but from the general theory of a limited Constitution. #Quote by Alexander Hamilton
Constitution quotes by Glenn Beck
#105. After the signing of the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a woman on the street, "What have you given us, sir?" Franklin Responded, "A Republic, if you can keep it."
A critical moment in history has come; our Republic is in jeopardy. Can we keep it?
If the answer to that question, as I fear, is "no," then we have no one to blame but ourselves. #Quote by Glenn Beck
Constitution quotes by Ron Brackin
#106. One difference between the Bible and the Constitution is that we can still talk to the author of the Bible to discover original intent. #Quote by Ron Brackin
Constitution quotes by Ronald Reagan
#107. Two Soviets ... were talking to each other. And one of them asked, "What's the difference between the Soviet Constitution and the United States Constitution?" And the other one said, "That's easy. The Soviet Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of gathering. The American Constitution guarantees freedom after speech and freedom after gathering." #Quote by Ronald Reagan
Constitution quotes by Adrian Cronauer
#108. It's not written in the Constitution or anything else ... Congress, just out of the clear blue sky, said the airwaves belong to the people, which means, in essence, that it belongs to Congress. #Quote by Adrian Cronauer
Constitution quotes by Ezra Taft Benson
#109. [The Constitution] will not be saved in Washington. It will be saved by the citizens of this nation who love and cherish freedom ... men and women who will subscribe to and abide the principles of the Constitution. #Quote by Ezra Taft Benson
Constitution quotes by Mitch McConnell
#110. It took us in this country 11 years to get from the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution. #Quote by Mitch McConnell
Constitution quotes by Nong Duc Manh
#111. What is in the Constitution is the burning desire and aspiration of all the people of Vietnam. So for the moment, we don't think about opposition parties. #Quote by Nong Duc Manh
Constitution quotes by Bernard Bailyn
#112. That by 1774 the final crisis of the constitution, brought on by political and social corruption, had been reached was, to most informed colonists, evident; ... #Quote by Bernard Bailyn
Constitution quotes by Antonin Scalia
#113. The court's job is to uphold the Constitution and you don't call that off in times of crisis. Would the framers have allowed this practice? #Quote by Antonin Scalia
Constitution quotes by Thomas Paine
#114. Our present condition, is, Legislation without law; wisdom without a plan; constitution without a name; and, what is strangely astonishing, perfect Independance contending for dependance. #Quote by Thomas Paine
Constitution quotes by William Ernest Hocking
#115. We are driven to confess that we actually care more for religion than we do for religious theories and ideas: and in merely making that distinction between religion and its doctrine-elements, have we not already relegated the latter to an external and subordinate position? Have we not asserted that "religion itself" has some other essence or constitution than mere idea or thought? #Quote by William Ernest Hocking
Constitution quotes by Mary Cheney
#116. I would also hope that no one would think about trying to amend the constitution as a political strategy, #Quote by Mary Cheney
Constitution quotes by Joseph P. Sekula
#117. Freedom ... Freedom does not exist with personal responsibility! #Quote by Joseph P. Sekula
Constitution quotes by Gordon B. Hinckley
#118. It is my faith and conviction that the Constitution came not alone of the brain and purpose of man, but of the inspiration of God. #Quote by Gordon B. Hinckley
Constitution quotes by Gouverneur Morris
#119. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. #Quote by Gouverneur Morris
Constitution quotes by Felix Frankfurter
#120. All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them. #Quote by Felix Frankfurter
Constitution quotes by Garrett Epps
#121. The new Constitution, however, is brought to us by a Muse, ordained by the authority of the People, and established at the center of our common life. We can read these words as creating a national religion, one at which we still worship. #Quote by Garrett Epps
Constitution quotes by Fisher Ames
#122. [the framers of the Constitution] intended our government should be a republic, which differs more widely from a democracy than a democracy from a despotism. #Quote by Fisher Ames
Constitution quotes by Kilroy J. Oldster
#123. Telling our personal story constitutes an act of consciousness that defines the ethical lining of a person's constitution. Recounting personal stories promotes personal growth, spurs the performance of selfless deeds, and in doing so enhances the ability of the equitable eye of humanity to scroll rearward and forward. Every person must become familiar with our communal history of struggle, loss, redemption, and meaningfully contemplate the meaning behind our personal existence in order to draft a proper and prosperous future for succeeding generations. Accordingly, every person is responsible for sharing their story using the language of thought that best expresses their sanguine reminiscences. Without a record of pastimes, we will never know what were, what we now are, or what we might become by steadfastly and honorably struggling with mortal chores. #Quote by Kilroy J. Oldster
Constitution quotes by Dizzy Dean
#124. He (Branch Rickey) must think I went to the Massachesetts Constitution of Technology. #Quote by Dizzy Dean
Constitution quotes by Larry J. Sabato
#125. The Constitution remains brilliant in its overall design and sound with respect to the Bill of Rights and the separation of powers. But there are numerous archaic provisions that inhibit constructive change and adaptation. These constitutional bits affect the daily life of the republic and every citizen in it. #Quote by Larry J. Sabato
Constitution quotes by Kevin Bleyer
#126. Never mind what makes Canada's constitution so special. Probably something to do with hockey, or the inalienable right to poutine, or securing the blessings of Rick Moranis. #Quote by Kevin Bleyer
Constitution quotes by R. Taggart Murphy
#127. The constitution has thus ended up not as Japan's ultimate governing legal document, but in the grand political Japanese tradition as a somewhat blurred and compromised token of legitimacy, hoisted about erratically like a portable shrine by competing contenders for power. #Quote by R. Taggart Murphy
Constitution quotes by Gary Hansen
#128. I believe that the United States government was set up with the help of God, and it is the closest government in the world to how God would have men govern themselves. #Quote by Gary Hansen
Constitution quotes by Robert G. Ingersoll
#129. It is contended by many that ours is a Christian government, founded upon the Bible, and that all who look upon the book as false or foolish are destroying the foundation of our country. The truth is, our government is not founded upon the rights of gods, but upon the rights of men. Our Constitution was framed, not to declare and uphold the deity of Christ, but the sacredness of humanity. Ours is the first government made by the people and for the people. It is the only nation with which the gods have had nothing to do. And yet there are some judges dishonest and cowardly enough to solemnly decide that this is a Christian country, and that our free institutions are based upon the infamous laws of Jehovah. #Quote by Robert G. Ingersoll
Constitution quotes by Alex Gibney
#130. Now, unfortunately, some prissy card-carrying members of the U.S. Constitution have made us all look bad by pointing out that many of the Gitmo detainees weren't guilty of anything. Whoops! #Quote by Alex Gibney
Constitution quotes by Henry David Thoreau
#131. Seen from a lower point of view, the Constitution, with all its faults, is very good; the law and the courts are very respectable;even this State and this American government are, in many respects, very admirable, and rare things, to be thankful for, such as a great many have described them; but seen from a point of view a little higher, they are what I have described them; seen from a higher still, and the highest, who shall say what they are, or that they are worth looking at or thinking of at all? #Quote by Henry David Thoreau
Constitution quotes by Naomi Wolf
#132. It is their mores, then, that make the Americans of the United States ... capable of maintaining the rule of democracy ... Too much importance is attached to laws and too little to mores ... I am convinced that the luckiest of geographical circumstances and the best of laws cannot maintain a constitution in spite of mores, whereas the latter can turn even the most unfavorable circumstances ... to advantage ... If I have not succeeded in making the reader feel the importance I attach to the practical experience of the Americans, to their habits, laws, and, in a word, their mores, I have failed in the main object of my work. -Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in American #Quote by Naomi Wolf
Constitution quotes by Rick Santorum
#133. If the Constitution says that marriage is between a man and woman, then things that are inconsistent with that would be inconsistent with the Constitution. #Quote by Rick Santorum
Constitution quotes by Dorothee Solle
#134. In cultures where asceticism developed and was practiced, people knew that one can suffocate when every option is a readily available one. Without self-limitation, without fixed boundaries - like those given in creation between day and night, summer and winter, being young and growing old-life loses its humanness. Asceticism means to renounce at least for periods of time the options that present themselves . . .

In rich societies, the fundamental idea of sacrifice is highly suspect; it contradicts the basic constitution of the world of affluence. Sacrifice, as well as those who are to do the sacrificing have indeed been much abused. Even so, voluntary sacrifice, freely renouncing status, and limiting career or other options available to oneself can consolidate one's capacity for happiness.

This seems very apparent to me in ecological resistance movements. No one can feel at home in a world that has to be bought and used up. We ourselves as well as the environment are damaged by consumerism; it dulls the senses so that people no longer know how to smell, taste, feel, and see. #Quote by Dorothee Solle
Constitution quotes by Daniel Ellsberg
#135. Truth-telling to Congress and the public is not disloyal in America: it is an expression of the higher loyalty officials owe to the Constitution, the rule of law, and the sovereign public. It is a courageous, patriotic, and effective way to serve our country. The time to speak out is now. #Quote by Daniel Ellsberg
Constitution quotes by Henry Steele Commager
#136. The Americans who framed our Constitution felt that without freedom of religion no other freedom counted. #Quote by Henry Steele Commager
Constitution quotes by Thomas Jefferson
#137. [T]o preserve the republican form and principles of our Constitution and cleave to the salutary distribution of powers which that [the Constitution] has established ... are the two sheet anchors of our Union. If driven from either, we shall be in danger of foundering. #Quote by Thomas Jefferson
Constitution quotes by Henry Rollins
#138. Could it be that violence is as much a part of the American identity as the Constitution, and a vital component to its economic stability? #Quote by Henry Rollins
Constitution quotes by David Mamet
#139. The secret knowledge is there's nobody home but us chickens. The Constitution was written by a bunch of regular guys who tried to get together and thrash out a contract under which they could get together that would keep people together. #Quote by David Mamet
Constitution quotes by Ruth Benedict
#140. Man is not committed in detail by his biological constitution to any particular variety of behavior. #Quote by Ruth Benedict
Constitution quotes by Ron Paul
#141. I take my marching orders from the Constitution. #Quote by Ron Paul
Constitution quotes by Alexander Hamilton
#142. The interpretation of the laws is the proper and peculiar province of the courts. A constitution is, in fact, and must be regarded by the judges, as fundamental law. It therefore belongs to them to ascertain its meaning, as well as the meaning of any particular act proceeding from the legislative body. If there should happen to be an irreconcilable variance between the two, that which has the superior obligation and validity ought, of course, to be preferred; or, in other words, the Constitution ought to be preferred to the statute, the intention of the people to the intention of their agents. #Quote by Alexander Hamilton
Constitution quotes by Daniel Webster
#143. No man can suffer too much, and no man can fall too soon, if he suffer or if he fall in defense of the liberties and Constitution of his country. #Quote by Daniel Webster
Constitution quotes by James Madison
#144. The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce ... The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives and liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State. #Quote by James Madison
Constitution quotes by Marvin Kalb
#145. U.S. Constitution declares rather unambiguously that Congress has the responsibility to declare war. #Quote by Marvin Kalb
Constitution quotes by Marcus Aurelius
#146. Where any work can be done conformably to the reason which is common to gods and men, there we have nothing to fear; for where we are able to get profit by means of the activity which is successful and proceeds according to our constitution, there no harm is to be suspected. #Quote by Marcus Aurelius
Constitution quotes by John F. Kennedy
#147. Our Constitution wisely assigns both joint and separate roles to each branch of the government; and a President and a Congress who hold each other in mutual respect will neither permit nor attempt any trespass. #Quote by John F. Kennedy
Constitution quotes by Jonathan Zittrain
#148. The Internet's distinct configuration may have facilitated anonymous threats, copyright infringement, and cyberattacks, but it has also kindled the flame of freedom in ways that the framers of the American constitution would appreciate - the Federalist papers were famously authored pseudonymously. #Quote by Jonathan Zittrain
Constitution quotes by Michele Bachmann
#149. What I don't like is judges legislating from the bench. And as president of the United States, I will appoint justices who uphold the Constitution and who don't see themselves as a super legislature. #Quote by Michele Bachmann
Constitution quotes by Charlie Sheen
#150. I have a different constitution. I have a different brain; I have a different heart; I got tiger blood, man. #Quote by Charlie Sheen
Constitution quotes by Louis Menand
#151. When the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, on January 1, 1863, Abbott wrote from the front to his aunt to explain that [t]he president's proclamation is of course received with universal disgust, particularly the part which enjoins officers to see that it is carried out. You may be sure that we shan't see to any thing of the kind, having decidedly too much reverence for the constitution. #Quote by Louis Menand
Constitution quotes by Adrian Cronauer
#152. One of the things I learned in law school is that there's nothing wrong or undesirable or dishonorable or destructive about amending the Constitution. #Quote by Adrian Cronauer
Constitution quotes by Andrew Johnson
#153. The sovereignty of the States is the language of the Confederacy and not the language of the Constitution. The latter contains the emphatic words. This Constitution and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof and all treaties made or which shall be made under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding #Quote by Andrew Johnson
Constitution quotes by Solon
#154. [The answer of Solon to the question 'Which is the most perfect popular government?']
That where the least injury done to the meanest individual, is considered as an insult on the whole constitution. #Quote by Solon
Constitution quotes by Garry Wills
#155. As a framer and defender of the Constitution [Madison] had no peer. #Quote by Garry Wills
Constitution quotes by Thomas Jefferson
#156. But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years. #Quote by Thomas Jefferson
Constitution quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
#157. But in every constitution some large degree of animal vigor is necessary as material foundation for the higher qualities of the art. #Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Constitution quotes by John Marshall
#158. The Constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens. #Quote by John Marshall
Constitution quotes by Pedro Campos
#159. The postulate of national unity that informs the North American Constitution has determined the invariable rule that no territory shall be admitted as a state until the Anglo-Saxon or Anglo-Celtic elements have obtained definitive ascendancy. The racial, religious, and cultural elements are primordial in considering the possibility of admission of a community to statehood or as a province. #Quote by Pedro Campos
Constitution quotes by John Quincy Adams
#160. The Constitution had provided that all the public functionaries of the Union ... should be under oath or affirmation for its support. The homage of religious faith was thus superadded to all the obligations of temporal law to give it strength. #Quote by John Quincy Adams
Constitution quotes by Rob Woodall
#161. Outside of a few national security issues like treason that the Constitution lays out, we don't need federal crimes, and we don't need federal prisons. We need state crimes and state prisons. #Quote by Rob Woodall
Constitution quotes by Joseph Smith Jr.
#162. I ask the citizens of this Republic whether such a state of things is to be suffered to pass unnoticed, and the hearts of widows, orphans, and patriots to be broken, and their wrongs left without redress? No! I invoke the genius of our Constitution. I appeal to the patriotism of Americans to stop this unlawful and unholy procedure; and pray that God may defend this nation from the dreadful effects of such outrages. #Quote by Joseph Smith Jr.
Constitution quotes by Ian McKellen
#163. When I went to lobby Nelson Mandela while the post-apartheid constitution was being drafted, I asked him to endorse making it illegal to discriminate on grounds of sexuality. I'd been warned that he might giggle if I mentioned homosexuality. #Quote by Ian McKellen
Constitution quotes by Lajos Kossuth
#164. The Hungarian ministry begged the king earnestly to issue orders to all troops and commanders of fortresses in Hungary, enjoining fidelity to the Constitution, and obedience to the ministers of Hungary. #Quote by Lajos Kossuth
Constitution quotes by Timothy Noah
#165. Without the three-fifths rule, there wouldn't have been a Constitution of the United States - not one that governed the American South, at any rate - because the South wouldn't have ratified it. #Quote by Timothy Noah
Constitution quotes by Barbara Kingsolver
#166. Patriotism threatens free speech with death. It is infuriated by thoughtful hesitation, constructive criticism of our leaders and pleas for peace. It despises people of foreign birth. It has specifically blamed homosexuals, feminists and the American Civil Liberties Union. In other words, the American flag stands for intimidation, censorship, violence, bigotry, sexism, homophobia and shoving the Constitution through a paper shredder. Whom are we calling terrorists here? #Quote by Barbara Kingsolver
Constitution quotes by Lysander Spooner
#167. Previous to the war, there were some grounds for saying that - in theory, at least, if not in practice - our government was a free one; that it rested on consent. But nothing of that kind can be said now, if the principle on which the war was carried on by the North, is irrevocably established. If that principle be not the principle of the Constitution, the fact should be known. If it be the principle of the Constitution, the Constitution itself should be at once overthrown. #Quote by Lysander Spooner
Constitution quotes by Jeffrey Toobin
#168. In public at least, Roberts himself purports to have a different view of the Court than his conservative sponsors. "Judges are like umpires," he said at his confirmation hearing. "Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them." Elsewhere, Roberts has often said, "Judges are not politicians." None of this is true. Supreme Court justices are nothing at all like baseball umpires. It is folly to pretend that the awesome work of interpreting the Constitution, and thus defining the rights and obligations of American citizenship, is akin to performing the rote […] task of calling balls and strikes. When it comes to the core of the Court's work, determining the contemporary meaning of the Constitution, it is ideology, not craft or skill, that controls the outcome of cases. #Quote by Jeffrey Toobin
Constitution quotes by Alexander Hamilton
#169. To answer the purpose of the adversaries of the Constitution, they ought to prove, not merely that particular provisions in it are not the best, which might have been imagined; but that the plan upon the whole is bad and pernicious. #Quote by Alexander Hamilton
Constitution quotes by Robert Byrd
#170. Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world. #Quote by Robert Byrd
Constitution quotes by Robert Kennedy
#171. Even government by the consent of the governed, as in our own Constitution, must be limited in its power to act against its people; so that there may be no interference with the right to worship, or with the security of the home; no arbitrary imposition of pains or penalties by officials high or low; no restrictions on the freedom of men to seek education or work or opportunity of any kind, so that each man may become all he is capable of becoming. #Quote by Robert Kennedy
Constitution quotes by Albert Podell
#172. Q. Which is my favorite country?
A. The United States of America. Not because I'm chauvinistic or xenophobic, but because I believe that we alone have it all, even if not to perfection. The U.S. has the widest possible diversity of spectacular scenery and depth of natural resources; relatively clean air and water; a fascinatingly heterogeneous population living in relative harmony; safe streets; few deadly communicable diseases; a functioning democracy; a superlative Constitution; equal opportunity in most spheres of life; an increasing tolerance of different races, religions, and sexual preferences; equal justice under the law; a free and vibrant press; a world-class culture in books,films, theater, museums, dance, and popular music; the cuisines of every nation; an increasing attention to health and good diet; an abiding entrepreneurial spirit; and peace at home. #Quote by Albert Podell
Constitution quotes by Francis Biddle
#173. The Constitution has not greatly bothered any wartime President. #Quote by Francis Biddle
Constitution quotes by Neal Boortz
#174. Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Colin Campbell says that every member of the Georgia General Assembly with an IQ above 85 should be required to wear a crash helmet. That should take about ... oh, say 15 helmets? #Quote by Neal Boortz
Constitution quotes by Ravish Kumar
#175. We must also strive to understand the nature of mobs. A mob has its own constitution. It has its own country. It drafts its own orders and directives, and identifies its own prey. #Quote by Ravish Kumar
Constitution quotes by Alexander Hamilton
#176. The constitution shall never be construed ... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. #Quote by Alexander Hamilton
Constitution quotes by James Madison
#177. I, sir, have always conceived - I believe those who proposed the constitution conceived,and it is still more fully known, and more material to observe, those who ratified the constitution conceived, that this is not an indefinite government deriving its powers from the general terms prefixed to the specified powers - but, a limited government tied down to the specified powers, which explain and define the general terms. #Quote by James Madison
Constitution quotes by Ernst Junger
#178. I am an anarch in space, a metahistorian in time. Hence I am committed to neither the political present nor tradition; I am blank and also open and potent in any direction.
Dear old Dad, in contrast, still pours his wine into the same decaying old wineskins, he still believes in a constitution when nothing and no one constitutes anything. #Quote by Ernst Junger
Constitution quotes by Samuel Adams
#179. And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions. #Quote by Samuel Adams
Constitution quotes by Joe Biden
#180. Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we've had probably in American history. The idea he doesn't realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that's the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that. And the primary role of the vice president of the United States of America is to support the president of the United States of America, give that president his or her best judgment when sought, and as vice president, to preside over the Senate, only in a time when in fact there's a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit. The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress. #Quote by Joe Biden
Constitution quotes by George Eliot
#181. It's no trifle at her time at her time of life to part with a doctor who knows her constitution. #Quote by George Eliot
Constitution quotes by Calvin Coolidge
#182. To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race. #Quote by Calvin Coolidge
Constitution quotes by Barack Obama
#183. It was Jefferson, not some liberal judge in the sixties, who called for a wall between church and state - and if we have declined to heed Jefferson's advice to engage in a revolution every two or three generations, it's only because the Constitution itself proved a sufficient defense against tyranny. #Quote by Barack Obama
Constitution quotes by Erwin Chemerinsky
#184. Chief Justice Roberts has expressly said that the Constitution and the government should be colorblind, he sees no difference between government action that discriminates against minorities and one that benefits minorities. #Quote by Erwin Chemerinsky
Constitution quotes by Harold H. Greene
#185. The real difference between the United States and other nations lies not in the words of the preamble to the Constitution, but in the fact that the substantive clauses of that Constitution are enforced by individuals independent of and not beholden to the elected branches. #Quote by Harold H. Greene
Constitution quotes by Barack Obama
#186. For in the end laws are just words on a page - words that are sometimes malleable, opaque, as dependent on context and trust as they are in a story or poem or promise to someone, words whose meanings are subject to erosion, sometimes collapsing in the blink of an eye. #Quote by Barack Obama
Constitution quotes by Elijah Parish Lovejoy
#187. I have appealed to the constitution and laws of my country; if they fail to protect me, I appeal to God, and with Him I cheerfully rest my cause. I can die at my post, but I cannot desert it. #Quote by Elijah Parish Lovejoy
Constitution quotes by Tony Judt
#188. In a constitutionally ordered state, where laws are derived from broad principles of right and wrong and where those principles are enshrined and protected by agreed upon procedures and practices, it can never be in the long-term interest of the state or its citizens to flout those procedures at home or associate too closely overseas with the enemies of your founding ideals. #Quote by Tony Judt
Constitution quotes by Jeb Bush
#189. The United States Constitution is clear. It prohibits religious tests for public office. #Quote by Jeb Bush
Constitution quotes by Mike Huckabee
#190. However, what Article VI [of the U.S. Constitution] does not do, and was never intended to do, is deny me the right to say, as loudly as I may choose, that I will on no account vote for a smirking hick like Mike Huckabee, who is an unusually stupid primate but who does not have the elementary intelligence to recognize the fact that this is what he is. #Quote by Mike Huckabee
Constitution quotes by Learned Hand
#191. It lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it. #Quote by Learned Hand
Constitution quotes by Rush Limbaugh
#192. The Constitution limits the role of government. The Constitution enumerates the freedoms of the people and enforces those freedoms against government, making sure government cannot encroach. #Quote by Rush Limbaugh
Constitution quotes by Ichiro Ozawa
#193. The Constitution is the fundamental rule for people to live in society. If the rule no longer suits the lives of the general public due to changing times, it should be changed. That goes for regular laws as well as the Constitution. #Quote by Ichiro Ozawa
Constitution quotes by Manuel Puig
#194. I believe realism is nothing but an analysis of reality. Film scripts have a synthetical constitution. #Quote by Manuel Puig
Constitution quotes by Nelson Mandela
#195. Apart from life, a strong constitution, and an abiding connection to the Thembu royal house, the only thing my father bestowed upon me at birth was a name, Rolihlahla. #Quote by Nelson Mandela
Constitution quotes by Thomas Jefferson
#196. I believe that justice is instinct and innate, that the moral sense is as much a part of our constitution as that of feeling, seeing, or hearing; as a wise Creator must have seen to be necessary in an animal destined to live in society. #Quote by Thomas Jefferson
Constitution quotes by Malcolm Lowry
#197. Indeed, on the face of it, this man of abnormal strength and constitution and obscure ambition, whom Hugh would never know, could never deliver nor make agreement to God for, but in his way loved and desired to help, had triumphantly succeeded in pulling himself together. #Quote by Malcolm Lowry
Constitution quotes by Fouad Ajami
#198. These others
the overwhelming majority of Iraq's people
have repeatedly given every indication of valuing their newfound freedom: voting in two elections at the risk of their lives, preparing for a third, writing and ratifying a constitution granting more freedoms than exist in any country in the entire Arab Middle East. The secret is out, There is something decent unfolding in Iraq. It's unfolding in the shadow of a terrible insurgency, but a society is finding its way to constitutional politics. #Quote by Fouad Ajami
Constitution quotes by Jonathan Krohn
#199. In the book I define conservatism, as I believe it is fit upon four categories of principle: respect for The Constitution, respect for life, less government, and personal responsibility. #Quote by Jonathan Krohn
Constitution quotes by John W. Whitehead
#200. [T]here is both an intrinsic and instrumental value to privacy. Intrinsically, privacy is precious to the extent that it is a component of a liberty. Part of citizenship in a free society is the expectation that one's personal affairs and physical person are inviolable so long as one remains within the law. A robust concept of freedom includes the freedom from constant and intrusive government surveillance of one's life. From this perspective, Fourth Amendment violations are objectionable for the simple fact that the government is doing something it has no licence to do–that is, invading the privacy of a law-abiding citizen by monitoring her daily activities and laying hands on her person without any evidence of wrongdoing.

Privacy is also instrumental in nature. This aspect of the right highlights the pernicious effects, rather than the inherent illegitimacy, of intrusive, suspicionless surveillance. For example, encroachments on individual privacy undermine democratic institutions by chilling free speech. When citizens–especially those espousing unpopular viewpoints–are aware that the intimate details of their personal lives are pervasively monitored by government, or even that they could be singled out for discriminatory treatment by government officials as a result of their First Amendment expressive activities, they are less likely to freely express their dissident views. #Quote by John W. Whitehead

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