Quotations on Constitution

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Far from being the product of a democratic revolution and of an opposition to English institutions, the constitution of the United States was the result of a powerful reaction against democracy, and in favor of the traditions of the mother country.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Mother, Being, Constitution, Country, Democracy, English, Revolution, Opposition, Result, states, Traditions, United)

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Government, People, Constitution, Religious)

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Nature, Virtue, America, Confusion, Constitution, Credit, Honor, Ignorance, Want)

The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.
- Samuel Adams
(Keywords: People, Constitution, states, United)

Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts; in a uniform manner.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Courage, Constitution, Duty, Man, Sense)

Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: Equality, Life, Religion, Constitution, Liberty, Today)

The American Constitution is the greatest governing document, and at some 7,000 words, just about the shortest.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: American, Constitution, Words)

In violation of the Habeas Corpus Act and the fundamental laws of our constitution these men have never been brought to trail or even allowed to see a lawyer.
- John Amery
(Keywords: Men, Act, Constitution, Laws)

And truly, when you look at the Constitution and our founding fathers and their writings, the things that made this country great, you might draw those conclusions: That they were conservative. They were fiscally conservative and socially conservative.
- Sharron Angle
(Keywords: Conservative, Constitution, Country, Fathers, Founding)

Government is necessary for our survival. We need government in order to survive. The Founding Fathers created a special place for government. It is called the Constitution.
- Michael Badnarik
(Keywords: Government, Survival, Constitution, Fathers, Founding, Order)

I mean, the Constitution of this country was written 200 years ago. The house I was living in in Madrid is 350 years old! America is still a project, and you guys are working on it and bringing new things to it every day. That is beautiful to watch.
- Antonio Banderas
(Keywords: America, Constitution, Country, Day, Living, Project, Years)

I will continue my consistent record of voting for lower taxes, less spending and fewer regulations to make our government more effective and efficient while upholding our Constitution.
- Roscoe Bartlett
(Keywords: Government, Constitution, Taxes, Voting, Will)

Many seventh graders I know in Illinois, as well as around the Nation, are studying the Constitution. I was pretty impressed with the quality of education our children are receiving because they had not expected me to ask them about it.
- Melissa Bean
(Keywords: Education, Quality, Children, Constitution, Nation, Pretty)

Progressivism is the cancer in America and it is eating our Constitution, and it was designed to eat the Constitution, to progress past the Constitution.
- Glenn Beck
(Keywords: Progress, America, Cancer, Constitution, Eating, Past)

The fact that the church is convinced of not having the right to confer priestly ordination on women is now considered by some as irreconcilable with the European Constitution.
- Pope Benedict XVI
(Keywords: Women, Church, Constitution, Fact, Now, Right)

First of all, there's no mention of political parties in the Constitution, so you begin American history with not only no political conventions but also no parties.
- Michael Beschloss
(Keywords: History, American, Constitution, First)

Just talk to me as a father - not what the Constitution says. What do you feel?
- Joe Biden
(Keywords: Father, Constitution, Talk)

No Congress ever has seen fit to amend the Constitution to address any issue related to marriage. No Constitutional Amendment was needed to ban polygamy or bigamy, nor was a Constitutional Amendment needed to set a uniform age of majority to ban child marriages.
- Judy Biggert
(Keywords: Age, Marriage, Congress, Constitution, Majority)

The Framers of the Constitution knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.
- Hugo Black
(Keywords: Change, Friend, Constitution, Enemy, Free speech, Revolution, Tyranny)

The right of an individual to conduct intimate relationships in the intimacy of his or her own home seems to me to be the heart of the Constitution's protection of privacy.
- Harry A. Blackmun
(Keywords: Home, Heart, Constitution, Intimacy, Privacy, Protection, Relationships, Right)

Working Americans who believe in our country and who believe in our Constitution are saying, 'Enough is enough!'
- John Boehner
(Keywords: Americans, Constitution, Country, Saying)

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.
- John Boehner
(Keywords: Government, Trust, People, Values, America, Constitution, Freedom, Liberty, Responsibility)

The very purpose of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution is to protect minority rights against majority voters. Every court decision that strikes down discriminatory legislation, including past Supreme Court decisions, affirming the fundamental rights to marry the person you love, overrules a majority decision.
- David Boies
(Keywords: Love, Decision, Purpose, Constitution, Court, Decisions, Rights, Legislation, Majority, Minority, Past)

Those who made and endorsed our Constitution knew man's nature, and it is to their ideas, rather than to the temptations of utopia, that we must ask that our judges adhere.
- Robert Bork
(Keywords: Nature, Ideas, Constitution, Judges, Man, Temptations, Utopia)

The notion that Congress can change the meaning given a constitutional provision by the Court is subversive of the function of judicial review; and it is not the less so because the Court promises to allow it only when the Constitution is moved to the left.
- Robert Bork
(Keywords: Change, Congress, Constitution, Court, Meaning, Promises)

It is unfortunate that Americans are no longer aware of what the constitution says and what their rights are. Because of that, we are often very passive about what happens when the government violates those rights.
- James Bovard
(Keywords: Government, Americans, Constitution, Rights)

More students have a better knowledge of pop culture than of the Constitution.
- Charles Bowen
(Keywords: Knowledge, Constitution, Culture, Students)

We know no document is perfect, but when we amend the Constitution, it would be to expand rights, not to take away rights from decent, loyal Americans. This great Constitution of ours should never be used to make a group of Americans permanent second-class citizens.
- Barbara Boxer
(Keywords: Americans, Constitution, Rights)

I hope they're going to learn, and as a result of our response, that it isn't going to work. They're not going to change our life, they're not going to have us throw out our Constitution, and they're not going to chase us out of the Middle East.
- Paul Bremer
(Keywords: Change, Life, Work, Hope, Constitution, Result)

I would have the Constitution torn in shreds and scattered to the four winds of heaven. Let us destroy the Constitution and build on its ruins the temple of liberty. I have brothers in slavery. I have seen chains placed on their limbs and beheld them captive.
- William Wells Brown
(Keywords: Temple, Brothers, Constitution, Heaven, Liberty, Slavery)

None of us takes amending the Constitution lightly. The plain fact is this amendment has been exhaustively studied and it really is time to act.
- Sam Brownback
(Keywords: Time, Act, Constitution, Fact)

It is the Constitution of the United States that has been undermined, undercut, and is under attack. It is the American people's liberties that is in jeopardy. That is why I wrote 'Losing America.'
- Robert Byrd
(Keywords: People, America, American, Constitution, Jeopardy, states, United)

I really think the Patriot Act violates our Constitution. It was, it is, an illegal act. The Congress, the Senate and the president cannot change the Constitution.
- Peter Camejo
(Keywords: Change, Act, Congress, Constitution, President, Senate)

I voted for the Defense of Marriage Act but I do not believe we should institutionalize a form of discrimination against any minority by amending the Constitution.
- Ben Nighthorse Campbell
(Keywords: Marriage, Act, Constitution, Defense, Discrimination, Minority)

Until the people, by amendment, change the constitution, I urge that the counties cooperate with one another, that future road work be more uniform, and done in such a way that it will result in connected and continuous highways.
- Arthur Capper
(Keywords: Change, Work, People, Constitution, Future, Result, Road, Will)

In our system of democracy, our government works on a system of checks and balances. Instead of stripping power from the courts, I believe we should follow the process prescribed in our Constitution - consideration of a Constitutional amendment.
- Dennis Cardoza
(Keywords: Government, Power, Consideration, Constitution, Democracy)

Indeed, an entire generation of Americans has grown to adulthood since the Roe decision of 1973, which held that the right to choose an abortion was a privacy right protected by our Constitution.
- Robert Casey
(Keywords: Decision, Abortion, Adulthood, Americans, Constitution, Privacy, Right)

And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of all mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.
- Salmon P. Chase
(Keywords: God, Act, Constitution, Judgment, Justice, Mankind, Military, Necessity)

If the Constitution is worth anything, if the Declaration of Independence is worth anything, if the boys who died on the field of battle did not die in vain, fair employment practices are correct and necessary.
- Dennis Chavez
(Keywords: Battle, Boys, Constitution, Independence, Worth)

The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.
- John Ciardi
(Keywords: American, Constitution, Fool, Right)

To every people the land is given on condition. Perceived or not, there is a Covenant, beyond the constitution, beyond sovereign guarantee, beyond the nation's sweetest dreams of itself.
- Leonard Cohen
(Keywords: Dreams, People, Constitution, Land, Nation)

The Magna Carta is widely known to be one of the foundational documents for our Constitution. I can only imagine that a mention of that in a court decision would be forbidden by our friends on the right.
- John Conyers
(Keywords: Decision, Constitution, Court, Forbidden, Friends, Right)

To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.
- Calvin Coolidge
(Keywords: American, Constitution, Privilege, Race)

I'm a little skeptical about using the Constitution this way, but I also believe marriage is between a man and a woman and that the courts shouldn't legislate this matter.
- Pete Coors
(Keywords: Marriage, Constitution, Man, Woman)

The Constitution was the expression not only of a political faith, but also of political fears. It was wrought both as the organ of the national interest and as the bulwark of certain individual and local rights.
- Herbert Croly
(Keywords: Faith, Constitution, Expression, Rights, Interest)

The adoption by Jefferson and the Republicans of the political structure of their opponents is of an importance hardly inferior to that of the adoption of the Constitution by the states.
- Herbert Croly
(Keywords: Adoption, Constitution, Importance, Opponents, Republicans, states)

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.
- Adrian Cronauer
(Keywords: People, Congress, Constitution, Sky)

A corollary is that, when laws are out of touch with the people, those laws can and should be changed - from the most simple local regulations to the highest law of the land, our federal Constitution.
- Adrian Cronauer
(Keywords: People, Constitution, Land, Law, Laws)

The right of petition, I have said, was not conferred on the People by the Constitution, but was a pre-existing right, reserved by the People out of the grants of power made to Congress.
- Caleb Cushing
(Keywords: Power, People, Congress, Constitution, Right)

You well know, sir, that when the Constitution was submitted to the People of the respective States for their adoption or rejection, it awakened the warmest debates of the several State conventions.
- Caleb Cushing
(Keywords: People, Adoption, Constitution, Rejection, State, states)



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