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 liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.
- Samuel Adams
(Keywords: Constitution, Country, Duty, Freedom, Worth)

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)

Be assured, fellow citizens, that in a democracy it is the laws that guard the person of the citizen and the constitution of the state, whereas the despot and the oligarch find their protection in suspicion and in armed guards.
- Aeschines
(Keywords: Constitution, Democracy, Laws, Protection, State, Suspicion)

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)

A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Constitution, State)

We have to think outside the box, inside the Constitution, find ways to do things that will elevate our security, reduce the risk of the incidence of terrorist attack.
- John Ashcroft
(Keywords: Constitution, Risk, Security, Will)

Nothing that we have authorized conflicts with any law regarding privacy or any provision of the constitution.
- John Ashcroft
(Keywords: Constitution, Law, Nothing, Privacy)

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)

The Constitution has not greatly bothered any wartime President.
- Francis Biddle
(Keywords: Constitution, President)

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)

My role isn't to be politically smart. My role is to do what's right under the constitution. And if that's politically unpopular, so be it.
- Rose E. Bird
(Keywords: Constitution, Right)

Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind.
- Hugo Black
(Keywords: Constitution, Judges, Wind)

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)

That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution.
- William Blackstone
(Keywords: Constitution, English, Wrong)

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)

Drafting a constitution is only the first step. The constitution has to be granted legitimacy by open discussion and a fair, representative referendum.
- Emma Bonino
(Keywords: Constitution, First, Open)

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 right to procreate is not guaranteed, explicitly or implicitly, by the Constitution.
- Robert Bork
(Keywords: Constitution, Right)

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)

I don't think the Constitution is studied almost anywhere, including law schools. In law schools, what they study is what the court said about the Constitution. They study the opinions. They don't study the Constitution itself.
- Robert Bork
(Keywords: Constitution, Court, Law, Opinions, Schools, Study)

Each state in the Union is honored in the order of when it ratified the Constitution and became a part of the United States. This September it is Iowa's turn. Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the union on December 28, 1846.
- Leonard Boswell
(Keywords: Constitution, December, Order, State, states, United)

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)

They had no right, as it seems to me, to prosecute me in these Halls; nor have you the right in law or under the Constitution, as I respectfully submit, to take jurisdiction over offenses committed against them.
- Preston Brooks
(Keywords: Constitution, Law, Right)

If one race be inferior to the other socially, the Constitution of the United States cannot put them upon the same plane.
- Henry Billings Brown
(Keywords: Constitution, Race, states, United)

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)

For myself, therefore, I desire to declare that the principle that will govern me in the high duty to which my country calls me is a strict adherence to the letter and spirit of the Constitution as it was designed by those who framed it.
- Martin Van Buren
(Keywords: Constitution, Country, Desire, Duty, Spirit, Will)

Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world.
- Robert Byrd
(Keywords: Constitution, Freedom, Ideals, World)

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.
- Robert Byrd
(Keywords: Constitution, President, Vote, Wrong)

I have never seen such extreme partisanship, such bitter partisanship, and such forgetfulness of the fate of our fathers and of the Constitution.
- Robert Byrd
(Keywords: Constitution, Extreme, Fate, Fathers, Forgetfulness)



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